[Patti Smith - Photograph by Jesse Ditmar]
Patti Smith gets to celebrate her 69th birthday tonight with her band at San Francisco's Fillmore, ending up a year that saw the 40th anniversary of her landmark recording, "Horses" and the release of her latest memoir, M Train.
For more of Patti on M Train, see here
And here's her conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library
And here she is, speaking on Just Kids and M Train on Democracy Now!
Here's Penelope Green's October 2015 New York Times profile - "Patti Smith, Survivor
And here's a little vintage Patti - ("Jesus died for somebody's sins/But not mine")
and here's Patti, from back in 1972, reading twelve poems from her first collection, Seventh Heaven, at the Poetry Project at St Marks Church
HarperCollins just released, this year, Patti Smith - Collected Lyrics 1970-2015
& not forgetting Patti's work with a camera.
Her polaroids, her recent "Camera Solo" sacred objects collection
Here's Patti speaking on photography at a recent showing (2013) in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
and here she is on her photographic, (indeed art-life, life-life), mentor (and the subject of her National Book Award-winning memoir), Robert Mapplethorpe
Here's one more vintage Patti posting (Live in Stockholm in 1976!)
Earlier birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project - here and here and here
Other Patti postings - here and here
Many happy returns of the day, Happy Birthday, Patti!