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Patti Smith at Brighton

American singer, songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith heads to Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Wednesday September 12 at 8.30pm with her full band in support of her 11th studio album Banga.

Released in June, the album marks Smith’s first collection of original material since 2004, when she made her Columbia Records debut with trampin’.

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “Patti Smith is considered a poet whose energy and vision found their voice in the most powerful medium of our culture: music. Having cut her teeth on the 1970s New York scene, she’s been making rousing, literate and cathartic rock n’ roll ever since. Called the Godmother of Punk, she integrated the beat poetry performance style with three-chord rock to tremendous effect, her uncompromising creativity and restless energy inspiring a generation of imitators and admirers.

“Smith performed her first public reading at St Mark’s Church on the lower eastside, NYC, in February 1971. Joined by Lenny Kaye and Richard Sohl, the trio played regularly around New York, centring on their collective and varied musical roots and her improvised poetry. Along with the highly innovative and influential group Television, they helped to open up a restricted music scene centred at CBGBs in New York City. Smith was soon signed by Clive Davis to his fledgling Arista label and recorded her debut album Horses (produced by John Cale).

The following years saw Smith find fame (her best-known single remains Because the Night, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978) and subsequently shun it – retiring from the public eye in 1979 to spend time with her family.

“In the summer of 1995 - following the death of her husband - Smith released Gone Again, a highly-acclaimed meditation on passage and mortality. Touring the album and opening for Bob Dylan marked her re-emergence as a performer.”

 

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