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Clockwise from upper left: Neil Young with Patti Smith, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Maureen Gray.
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June 19, 2012 This edition of All Songs Considered welcomes Patti Smith to talk about some of the artists who have influenced her over the years, as well as songs that inspired her to leap up out of her seat.
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June 14, 2012 Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, her first collection of original material since 2004 and the first record she's released since the publication of her memoir Just Kids. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Banga is marvelously uneven and frequently transporting.
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June 1, 2012 Smith's new album, Banga, comes out Tuesday. Hear a potent, passionate song from the record.
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Clockwise from top left: Best Coast, Patti Smith, Debo Band, fun.
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May 8, 2012 Hear the latest recommended listening from Bob Boilen, Jacob Ganz and Robin Hiltonborg 2.0, plus a few musical surprises.
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November 29, 2011 NPR Music intern and classic rock fan Charlie Kaplan listens to Patti Smith's 1975 masterpiece for the first time.
Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute to the rock 'n' roll pioneer, features Holly covers by Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more. The album comes out June 28.
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June 19, 2011 Rave On Buddy Holly does more than just throw big names against the wall over the course of a generous 19 tracks. It also adds up to an impressively diverse collection of takes on the innocence of another era.
June 13, 2011 On June 28, Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-song tribute to one of America's most enduring and significant recording artists, comes out. Hear Patti Smith's contribution to the album.
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Patti Smith's new memoir, Just Kids, tells the story of her creative bond and friendship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
October 29, 2010 Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, just nominated for a National Book Award, describes her path of artistic self discovery and her relationship with the provocative photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.
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October 15, 2010 You've undoubtedly said at least once, "I'd do anything to see _______ in concert." But would you really? All Songs Considered intern Sarah Ventre describes the drastic measures she took to attend the closing of iconic New York punk club CBGB.
January 19, 2010 Before the death of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1989, punk godmother Patti Smith promised her friend she would write their story. Twenty years later, she's keeping that promise. She joins Fresh Air for a conversation about their relationship and their art.
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