Listen to Patti Smith’s inspiring early poetry and rock performances

Writer and musician of "fierce vision and uncompromising originality" performing poetry and art rock 1970-75, now streamable on Ubuweb.


Words by: Charlie Jones

Patti Smith recorded one of our (and Bret Easton Ellis’s, incidentally) favourite albums of of the 70s in Horses, yet in the New York of the early 70s, she was known as a poet and rock critic. Her times and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe is subject of the wonderful memoir Just Kids, and UbuWeb recently secured a series of bootleg recording so f these early gigs, which you can hear by clicking here.

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