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Punk rock’s poet laureate Patti Smith rates being among the most influential feminine rock and roll & rollers ever. Ambitious, unconventional, and complicated, Smith’s music was hailed as the utmost thrilling fusion of rock and roll and poetry since Bob Dylan’s heyday. If that cross types continued to be distinctly uncommercial for a lot of her profession, it wasn’t a declaration against accessibility a lot as the inescapable fact that Smith adopted her personal muse wherever it required her — from organized rock and roll tunes to free-form experimentalism, as well as completely from music sometimes. Her most avant-garde outings drew a feeling of improvisation and interplay from free of charge jazz, though they continued to be strongly rooted in loud, primitive, three-chord rock and roll & roll. Given birth to in Chicago and elevated in Philadelphia and close by NJ, Smith eventually produced her method to NEW YORK, where she spent the first area of the 1970s immersed in the brand new York art picture, living with professional photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the Chelsea Resort and developing herself in a number of innovative mediums from poetry to painting to playwriting. By 1974, she’d started to determine herself like a rock and roll musician, playing displays with guitarist/bassist Lenny Kaye, after that assembling what would quickly end up being the Patti Smith Group. After Kaye, pianist Richard Sohl was the first ever to come on table, adopted soon after by Czechoslovakian-born guitarist/bassist Ivan Král and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty. After individually liberating the “Hey Joe” b/w “Piss Manufacturing plant” solitary, Patti Smith Group became the to begin the CBGB-associated punk functions to score a significant record offer when famous A&R guy Clive Davis authorized these to Arista in 1975. Released in Dec of that 12 months, Horses fused Smith’s unconventional post-beat poet lyrical design having a primitive rock and roll minimalism which was stunning and wholly exclusive. Though the recording was acknowledged to exclusively to Smith, the collective pressure of Smith, Kaye, Sohl, Král, and Daugherty collectively signified the stark power of the burgeoning punk motion, and by enough time 1976’s Radio Ethiopia showed up, it was related to Patti Smith Group. Throughout a January 1977 tour day in Florida, Smith experienced a serious neck of the guitar injury after dropping through the stage in to the cement orchestra pit. Carrying out a lengthy amount of recovery and physical therapy, she as well as the group came back to create what will be their industrial breakout in 1978’s Easter. Made by Jimmy Iovine and offering the Bruce Springsteen co-written strike “As the Evening,” Easter was broadly hailed among the year’s greatest albums and an creative return to type after the relatively challenging Radio Ethiopia. It had been also significant for the lack of keyboardist Sohl, who was simply temporarily replaced within the studio room by Bruce Brody. Because the ’70s found an in depth, therefore would the tenure of the initial Patti Smith Group. Following 1979 release of the fourth album, Influx, Smith and her newlywed hubby, Fred “Sonic” Smith (MC5), relocated to Detroit, where she’d spend a lot of the 10 years in semi-retirement while increasing a family group. Král would continue to utilize Iggy Pop, compose music for several independent movies, and record several solo functions in his indigenous Czech Republic. Sohl came back to record with Smith on her behalf 1988 solo record, Dream of Lifestyle, before struggling a fatal coronary attack in 1990. Because the middle-’90s, Smith’s longtime innovative foils Kaye and Daugherty, alongside late-period bassist Tony Shanahan, possess offered as her main band, and although the Patti Smith Group name would no more appear on recording covers, they will have continued to be her closest collaborators on-stage and in the studio room.

Quick Facts


Full Name Patti Smith
Date Of Birth December 30, 1946
Height 1.73 m
Profession Photographer, Poet, Painter, Singer-songwriter, Voice Actor, Visual Artist, Memoirist
Education Deptford Township High School, Rowan University
Nationality American
Spouse Fred "Sonic" Smith
Children Jackson Smith, Jesse Smith
Parents Beverly Smith, Grant Smith
Siblings Todd Smith
Awards National Book Award for Nonfiction, NME Award for Best Book, Polar Music Prize for Popular Music
Music Songs Because The Night [Remastered] [Live], Gloria, People Have the Power, Dancing Barefoot, Free Money, Rock 'n' Roll Nigger, Pissing In A River [Remastered], Redondo Beach, Summer Cannibals, Piss Factory, Gimme Shelter, Frederick, Ask the Angels, Glitter in Their Eyes, Land: Horses / Land of a Thousand Dances / La Mer, Privilege [Remastered], When Doves Cry, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Birdland, Up There Down There, Break It Up, Beneath the Southern Cross, Elegie, The Jackson Song, Babelogue, Ain't It Strange, Paths That Cross, Looking For You, My Blakean Year, Pastime Paradise, Mother Rose, Distant Fingers
Albums Horses, Banga, Twelve, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Dream of Life, I Never Talked to Bob Dylan, Trampin', Gung Ho, The Coral Sea, Bicentenary Blues (Live), Outside Society, Land, The Patti Smith Masters, Hey Joe / Radio Ethiopia, iTunes Originals – Patti Smith, Easter Rising (Live), Dreaming of the Prophet (Live), Horses / Horses, Wicked Messenger (Live), Live - CBGB's NY 11 Aug 79. (Remastered), Live At The Bottom Line, NY 27 Dec 1975 (Remastered) [Live FM Radio Broadcast Concert In Superb Fidelity], Live At The Cellar Door - Complete & Remastered - Washington D.C. Jan 16 1976 - Early & Late Sets Together (Remastered), Live at the Boarding House, San Francisco, 15 Feb 1976 (Live FM Radio Concert Remastered In Superb Fidelity), The Archives (Live), Jazz Workshop, Boston January 9th 1976. Complete Live FM Radio Concert Broadcast (Remastered), The Best Of Patti Smith - The Place, Eugene, Oregon. May 4th And 9th 1978 - Live & Remastered, The Arista Years 1975/2000, Easter (Live), Set Free, Space Monkey (Live), Seeds in the Wind, Kimberly, Live in Eugene, Oregon, 1978, Radio Live: Patti Smith, Rock Elite: Best Of Patti Smith
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography, UK Festival Award for Anthem Of The Summer
Movies Patti Smith: Dream of Life, The Blank Generation, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, The Rugrats Movie, Burroughs: The Movie, Benjamin Smoke, Nouvelle Vague, The House of the Rising Punk, Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration, Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart, Patti Smith: Under Review, Patti Smith: Long for the City, Brian Wilson: On Tour, Later ... with Jools Holland: Legends, Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road, The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1
TV Shows The Defiant Ones


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#Fact
1 Resides in Rockaway, Queens, New York (USA).
2 Since the death of her husband, Patti chronicles much of her life with her vintage Polaroid Land 250 camera.
3 Former girlfriend of Actor, Screenwriter, & ex-drummer, Sam Shepard in 1971 when they co-wrote & acted in a play "Cowboy Mouth" at the American Place Theatre, New York City.
4 She will appear in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 7 April 2005 as part of a program entitled "The Dark and the Light: An Evening of Spoken Word and Music Dedicated to Diane Arbus." This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Diane Arbus Revelations." [April 2005]
5 Won the National Book Award in 2010 for her memoir, "Just Kids", which she plans on adapting into a screenplay. It discusses her whole life, but specially focuses on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.
6 Active supporter of the US Green Party.
7 Was romantically linked to Allen Lanier before marrying Fred 'Sonic' Smith.
8 Born to a Jehovah's Witness mother, she grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey.
9 Graduated from Deptford Township High School (1964).
10 Her song "About a Boy" is a tribute to late Nirvana vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Kurt Cobain, who wrote a song called "About a Girl".
11 Former girlfriend of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
12 She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
13 She and husband, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, lived in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, an eastern suburb of Detroit, during their married years from 1980 to his death in 1994.
14 Husband Fred 'Sonic' Smith broke a decade-long hiatus from music to co-produce her comeback album, "Dream of Life".
15 Collaborated on a soundtrack song from Wim Wenders' film, Until the End of the World (1991) (US title: "Until the End of the World").
16 Gave birth to her son Jackson Smith in 1982 and her daughter Jesse Smith in 1987.
17 Husband Fred 'Sonic' Smith died of heart failure in 1994, at the age of 45 years.
18 Ranked #15 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
19 Was the inspiration for Gilda Radner's character Candy Slice on Saturday Night Live (1975).
20 Was the first performer to sell out a poetry recital at New York's CBGB's music club.
21 Poet and punk musician.
22 Widow of MC5 guitarist Fred 'Sonic' Smith.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vinyl 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 writer: "Because the Night"
U2: Innocence + Experience, Live in Paris 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "People Have The Power"
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Danny Says 2015 Documentary writer: "Piss Factory"
Catch Me Daddy 2014 performer: "Land" / writer: "Land"
Noah 2014 performer: "Mercy Is" / writer: "Father Song Lullaby", "Mercy Is"
CBGB 2013 writer: "Because the Night"
Defiance 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Vampire Diaries 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Il Futuro 2013 performer: "Wing" / writer: "Wing"
Wallander 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Rum Diary 2011 performer: "The Mermaid Song" / writer: "The Mermaid Song", "The Mermaid Song Instrumental"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Neue Vahr Süd 2010 TV Movie performer: "My Generation"
It's All Relative 2010 Short performer: "Amazing Grace"
Independent Lens TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Walking Vengeance 2008 performer: "Gimme Shelter"
Milk 2008/I writer: "Till Victory"
Patti Smith: Dream of Life 2008 Documentary performer: "The Jackson Song", "Wing", "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo", "Land: Horses", "My Blakean Year", "Gung Ho", "Cartwheels", "Momento Mori", "Rock N Roll Nigger", "People Have the Power", "Radio Baghdad", "Spell" / writer: "The Jackson Song", "Wing", "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo", "Land: Horses", "My Blakean Year", "Gung Ho", "Cartwheels", "Momento Mori", "Rock N Roll Nigger", "People Have the Power", "Radio Baghdad"
Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise 2007 Documentary writer: "In Excelsis Deo"
The Tracey Fragments 2007 writer: "Land: Horses"
Supernatural 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl 2005 writer: "Because the Night"
Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story 2005 Documentary performer: "Gloria"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "My Generation"
El Lobo 2004 performer: "Land of a Thousand Dances" / writer: "Land of a Thousand Dances"
Lavorare con lentezza 2004 "Land"
In My Father's Den 2004 performer: "Free Money", "Horses" / writer: "Free Money", "Horses"
A Home at the End of the World 2004 performer: "Because the Night" / writer: "Because the Night"
Wonderland 2003 performer: "Gloria/In Excelsis Deo" 1975 / writer: "Gloria/In Excelsis Deo" 1975, "In Excelsis Deo" 1975
Royal Bonbon 2002 performer: "Fireflies" / writer: "Fireflies"
Crossing Jordan TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
La parenthèse enchantée 2000 performer: "We three" / writer: "We three"
God Is in the T.V. 1999 Video documentary writer: "Rock n' Roll Nigger" - as Smith
New Waterford Girl 1999 performer: "Ask the Angels" - as Patti Smith Group / writer: "Ask the Angels"
The Rugrats Movie 1998 performer: "This World Is Something New to Me"
Fögi Is a Bastard 1998 performer: "Wing" / writer: "Wing"
Whatever 1998 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
Millennium TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Frogs for Snakes 1998 courtesy: "Fattening Frogs for Snakes" / performer: "Fattening Frogs for Snakes"
Dream with the Fishes 1997 performer: "Wing" / writer: "Wing"
All Over Me 1997 writer: "Pissing in the River" - as P. Smith
Family Resemblances 1996 performer: "People Have the Power" / writer: "People Have the Power"
Foxfire 1996 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
Barb Wire 1996 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
The Basketball Diaries 1995 writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
Natural Born Killers 1994 performer: "Rock & Roll Nigger" / writer: "Rock & Roll Nigger"
American Masters TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Threesome 1994 writer: "DANCING BAREFOOT"
Until the End of the World 1991 performer: "It Takes Time" / writer: "It Takes Time"
Nouvelle vague 1990 as Smith, "Distant Fingers"
Fuori orario. Cose (mai) viste 1988 TV Series documentary performer: "Because the Night" / writer: "Because the Night"
Sixteen Candles 1984 performer: "Gloria"
Bergerac 1983 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Night at Halsted's 1982 performer: "Pumping My Heart" - uncredited / writer: "Pumping My Heart" - uncredited
Fear No Evil 1981 as Smith, "Hey Joe" / performer: "Hey Joe"
Times Square 1980 writer: "Pissing in the River"
Kids Are People, Too 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ohne Maulkorb TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1978 performer - 1 episode, 1978

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Weightless 2017 completed Patti Smith
The Killing 2014 TV Series Female Doctor
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2011 TV Series Prof. Cleo Alexander
It's All Relative 2010 Short Singer at Funeral
The Big Empty 2003 Traveler
The Rugrats Movie 1998 Newborn Baby (singing voice)
Robert Having His Nipple Pierced 1971 Short Narrator (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Just Kids novel and screenplay announced
Three Stones for Jean Genet 2014 Documentary short writer
Long for the City (Patti Smith in New York) 2009 Documentary short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Counting 2015 Documentary executive producer
Living with Strangers 2013 producer
Museum Hours 2012 executive producer

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
P.O.V. 2009 TV Series documentary additional camera operator - 1 episode
Patti Smith: Dream of Life 2008 Documentary additional camera work

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2011 TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode
P.O.V. 2009 TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Blink - Robert Frank 2015 Documentary special thanks
Paul McCartney: Early Days 2014 Video short special thanks
Barcelona, nit d'estiu 2013 the director wishes to thank
The Guitar 2008 special thanks
Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road 2007 Documentary very special thanks
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 2007 Documentary thanks
Frogs for Snakes 1998 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ohne Maulkorb 1978 TV Series documentary Herself
The South Bank Show 1978 TV Series documentary Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1977-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
Emerald City 1977 TV Series Herself
Patti Smith Group Stockholm 1976 1977 Documentary Herself
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Herself
The Blank Generation 1976 Documentary Herself
Night Lunch 1975 Documentary Herself
Patti and Valli 1973 Short documentary
Outrider 2016 Documentary filming Herself
Tavis Smiley 2010-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures 2016 Documentary Herself (voice, uncredited)
The Book of Conrad 2015/I Documentary Herself
Patti Smith on 'Don't Look Back' 2015 Video short Herself
Democracy Now! 2010-2015 TV Series Herself
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series Herself
Station to Station 2015 Herself
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Nominee
La grande librairie 2014 TV Series Herself
Noah's Score 2014 Video short Herself
A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen 2014 Video Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Three Stones for Jean Genet 2014 Documentary short Herself
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Hour 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
C 2012 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1996-2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself / Herself - Guest
Wild thing, la folle histoire du rock 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2012 TV Series documentary Herself - Singer (segment "Patti Smith")
48 Hours: Hard Evidence 2012 TV Series Herself
West of Memphis 2012 Documentary Herself
Owls Insider 2011 TV Series Herself - Host
Miradas 2 2007-2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Gomorron 2011 TV Series Herself
Sleepless Nights Stories 2011 Herself
Charlie Rose 1997-2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town 2010 Documentary Herself
Film socialisme 2010 Herself - Singer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as P. Smith)
Epic Fu 2010 TV Series Herself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within 2010 Documentary Herself
P.O.V. 2009 TV Series documentary
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert 2009 TV Special Herself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Come Together 2009 Video Herself
Corso: The Last Beat 2009 Documentary
Deutschland, deine Künstler 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Long for the City (Patti Smith in New York) 2009 Documentary short Herself
Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB 2009 Documentary Herself
All Tomorrow's Parties 2009 Documentary Herself
Metrópolis 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Ce soir (ou jamais!) 2008 TV Series Herself
One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur 2008 Documentary Herself
The African Twintowers 2008 Documentary
Patti Smith: Dream of Life 2008 Documentary Herself: vocals and clarinet
Festival Updates 2008 TV Series Herself (2008)
La 2 noticias 2007 TV Series Herself
The Early Show 2007 TV Series Herself
Loops! 2007 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Later... With Jools Holland 1996-2007 TV Series Herself / Herself (also Interview)
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 2007 Documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2007 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2007 TV Movie Herself
HARDtalk Extra 2006 TV Series Herself
Johnny Cash: God's Gonna Cut You Down 2006 Video short Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-2005 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
All We Are Saying 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
You're Gonna Miss Me 2005 Documentary Herself - Musician
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-2003 2003 Video documentary Herself (segment "E-Bow the Letter")
Brian Wilson on Tour 2003 Video documentary Herself
XXI Century 2003 TV Series documentary Herself - Singer & Songwriter
Kunst gegen Gewalt 2002 TV Series Herself
Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock 2001 Documentary Herself
Benjamin Smoke 2000 Documentary Herself
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
CNN World Beat 2000 TV Series Herself
Pop Odyssee 2 - House of the Rising Punk 1998 TV Special documentary Herself
The Nova Convention Revisited: William S. Burroughs and the Arts 1998 Video Herself
Who Is Harry Smith? 1998 Herself
American Masters 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit 1997 Video documentary Herself
Sessions at West 54th 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
Summer Cannibals 1996 Short Herself
R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi Stereophonic on Film 1996 Video documentary short Herself
Saturday Night Special 1996 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Dancing Barefoot 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
That's What Friends Are for: Arista's 15th Anniversary Concert 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1987 TV Series Herself
Burroughs: The Movie 1983 Documentary
Arena 1983 TV Series documentary
Mahagonny 1980 Herself
Kids Are People, Too 1979 TV Series Herself
Rockpalast 1979 TV Series Herself - Vocal, Guitar, Clarinet
Patti Smith: Still Moving 1978 Short documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HyperNormalisation 2016 Documentary Herself - Singer
Uncle Howard 2016/I Documentary Herself
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Biography 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series Herself
Catalunya.cat 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
U2: Window in the Skies 2007 Video short Herself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Loops! 2005 TV Series Herself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
The Old Grey Whistle Test at 30 2001 TV Special Herself
25 Years of Punk 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Herself
John Cale 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
Rock Family Trees 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
Sonic Youth: Teenage Riot 1988 Video short Herself (uncredited)
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary Herself
La edad de oro 1984 TV Series Herself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1979 TV Series Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Noah (2014) · Lenny Kaye


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#Quote
1 Americans just don't know what being a movie star's all about. That's the whole thing for me - movies.
2 I wrote "Horses" for Michael Stipe. I wrote "Horses" for Morrissey. And they found it.
3 I wasn't writing my own songs yet, so I was using other people's songs as a vehicle. The reason we did "Land of a Thousand Dances" and "Gloria" on "Horses" was because I liked repetitious, three-chord rock songs but I didn't understand that I could write my own. I didn't realize that you could use those chords a million times.
4 Some of us are born rebellious. Like Jean Genet or Arthur Rimbaud, I roam these mean streets like a villain, a vagabond, an outcast, scavenging for the scraps that may perchance plummet off humanity's dirty plates, though often sometimes taking a cab to a restaurant is more convenient.
5 [on Johnny Depp] I think, at heart, he is a musician. I've never really seen him without a guitar. He keeps two or three guitars with him most of the time. Sometimes, on a long drive, he'll have one in the car. That is how devoted to music he is.
6 [on her tribute to Amy Winehouse with the song, "This is the Girl"] It was done really lovingly. As soon as I heard about when she died, I sat down and wrote her a little poem and my bass player wrote a piece of music that resonated the poem. It is a song I wish we never had to write.
7 [on friendship] Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.


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