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There, she teamed up with art student Robert Mapplethorpe, and the two encouraged each other's work processes. Mapplethorpe pursued painting and drawing, while Smith focused on poetry. In February , Smith had her first public reading at St.
That same year she co-wrote and performed the play Cowboy Mouth with playwright Sam Shepard. Continuing to write and perform her poetry around New York, including at the legendary Max's Kansas City, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye combined their collective and varied musical roots and her improvised poetry.
Smith described their work as "three chords merged with the power of the word.
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In , they married, and they went on to have two children and write songs together with no regret for the self-imposed exile from show business. The album included the classic anthem "People Have the Power," which the two wrote while she did the dinner dishes. It combined his White Panther polemics with her revolutionary spirit. It also marked Patti Smith's final collaboration with three of her closest companions, all of whom met with untimely deaths: Robert Mapplethorpe, who photographed her for the cover; Richard Sohl, who provided all of the keyboards; and her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith, who composed the music.
In the summer of , with the help of old and new friends, Smith released Gone Again produced by Malcolm Burn and Lenny Kaye , a highly acclaimed meditation on passage and mortality.
To promote the album, she opened on tour for Bob Dylan, which marked her re-emergence as a performer. In , Smith met photographer Steven Sebring for a photo shoot and agreed to give him unprecedented access to the tour, which subsequently led to their collaboration on the film Patti Smith: Dream of Life.
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The group recorded Peace and Noise , which incorporated a blend of the spoken and sung in Smith's trademark incantatory style and reflected the feel and inner play of a working group. With Gung Ho in , her eighth album on Arista Records produced by Gil Norton , Smith continued the process of merging tradition with the moment. As she had for previous albums, she drew on the inspiration of spiritual and political leaders and events, as well as heralding the efforts of the common man.
Gung Ho explored those who -- as the title phrase implies -- entered into service with enthusiastic hearts, from Mother Teresa, who exemplified charity, to resilient Vietnamese patriot Ho Chi Minh.
In , Smith read at the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums. Filled with little-known stories and anecdotes about some of rock's most famous names, Bockris and Bayley's stunning profile of this cultural icon confirms what ingrid Sischy wrote in an article in Interview magazine: "[Smith] gives us something that music and words are supposed to but, in fact, rarely deliver: the power to transport ourselves.
Patti Smith's voice has always been too big for paper. High on Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Revere, and her Bad Self, she formed a garage band to record and perform her body electric.
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