Patti Smith: 'Horses' And The Life Of A Garage-Rock Punk Poet

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 09: Patti Smith posed in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 09 1976 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Patti Smith, punk poet and savior of rock and roll, has lived at the intersection of the world of art, music, and poetry since the 1960s. Her relationships with Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard put her at the center the underground New York scene of the early '70s, and the spoken word poetry on her debut album, Horses, changed the way that we think about who a vocalist is and what it is they do. Standing front and center as one of the most cutting edge artists of the '70s, Smith was arguably the coolest person in the New York City demimonde, and one of the coolest people in the world. In one decade she released a groundbreaking album, befriended one of the most important photographers of the late 20th century, and co-wrote a hit single with Bruce Springsteen.