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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
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Lou Reed's memorial held at the Apollo Theater in NYC

Lou Reed's memorial held at the Apollo Theater in NYC

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Friends and family have gathered for an invitation-only memorial at New York's Apollo Theater for the late rocker Lou Reed.
'CBGB' to get fall theatrical release

'CBGB' to get fall theatrical release

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- XLrator Media said Thursday it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to "CBGB," a film about Hilly Kristal, the founder of the titular New York music club.
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Music mogul Clive Davis confirms he is bisexual

Music mogul Clive Davis confirms he is bisexual

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. music mogul Clive Davis says in his memoir he has been in a romantic relationship with a man for seven years, confirming for the first time he is bisexual.

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Springsteen honored at gala

Springsteen honored at gala

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A lineup including Elton John and Neil Young performed in Los Angeles as the Recording Academy honored rock icon Bruce Springsteen for his philanthropy.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
By United Press International
Patti Smith to release new album

Patti Smith to release new album

NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- Patti Smith's 11th studio album, "Banga," which she recorded in New York, is set for release this June, Columbia Records announced.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.
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Patti Smith tours U.K., readies new album

Patti Smith tours U.K., readies new album

LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- American rocker Patti Smith says she'll be doing some improvisational work and play a gig for the homeless during her current swing through Great Britain.
Browne, Mann to perform at Lennon tribute

Browne, Mann to perform at Lennon tribute

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann, Keb' Mo' and Joan Osborne have been booked to perform at the 30th annual John Lennon Tribute in New York.
Meg White marries Jackson Smith

Meg White marries Jackson Smith

NASHVILLE, May 26 (UPI) -- The White Stripes said on its Web site Tuesday that member Meg White married Jackson Smith last week in a backyard ceremony in Nashville.

Patti Smith honored in Milan

MILAN, Italy, July 16 (UPI) -- Rock icon Patti Smith was honored Monday by the Italian city of Milan for her work in the music industry, as well as her peace and human rights activism. Dubbing Smith the "punk rock poet laureate," city officials presented the 60-year-old singer and pain

Patti Smith covers favorites on new album

NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- New York rock icon Patti Smith paid tribute to some of her favorite songs on her new album, "Twelve."
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Patti Smith performs at the Theatre Within's 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute at the Beacon Theatre in New York on November 12, 2010. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh
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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "Godmother of Punk", her work was a fusion of rock and poetry. Smith's most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.

Patricia Lee Smith was born in Chicago. Her mother, Beverly, was a waitress, and her father, Grant, worked at the Honeywell plant. She spent her entire childhood in Deptford Township, New Jersey, raised as a Jehovah's Witness. She had a strong religious upbringing and a Bible education, but left organized religion as a teenager because she felt it was too confining; much later, she wrote the line "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine" in her cover version of Them's "Gloria" in response to this experience. Smith graduated from Deptford Township High School in 1964 and went to work in a factory.

In 1967, she left Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and moved to New York City. She met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe there while working at a book store with a friend, poet Janet Hamill. She and Mapplethorpe had an intense romantic relationship, which was tumultuous as they dealt with times of poverty, and Mapplethorpe with his own sexuality. Smith considers Mapplethorpe to be one of the most important people in her life, and in her book Just Kids refers to him as "the artist of my life". Mapplethorpe's photographs of her became the covers for the Patti Smith Group LPs, and they remained friends until Mapplethorpe's death in 1989. In 1969 she went to Paris with her sister and started busking and doing performance art. When Smith returned to New York City, she lived in the Hotel Chelsea with Mapplethorpe; they frequented Max's Kansas City and CBGB. Smith provided the spoken word soundtrack for Sandy Daley's art film Robert Having His Nipple Pierced, starring Mapplethorpe. The same year Smith appeared with Wayne County in Jackie Curtis' play Femme Fatale. As a member of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, she spent the early 70's painting, writing, and performing. In 1971 she performed – for one night only – in Cowboy Mouth, a play that she co-wrote with Sam Shepard (The published play's notes call for "a man who looks like a coyote and a woman who looks like a crow".) She wrote several poems, "for sam shepard" and "Sam Shepard: 9 Random Years (7 + 2)" about her relationship with Shepard.

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