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Clockwise from upper left: Neil Young with Patti Smith, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Maureen Gray.

Read Guest DJ Patti Smith

June 19, 2012 – The singer describes the many influences and inspirations behind her latest album, Banga.


Read On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

June 14, 2012 – Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, and her first collection of original material since 2004.


Patti Smith's new song "Fuji-san" was inspired by her reaction to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Read Hear Patti Smith's Prayer For Earthquake Victims: 'Fuji-san'

June 1, 2012 – Smith's new album, Banga, comes out Tuesday. Hear a potent, passionate song from the record.


Clockwise from top left: Best Coast, Patti Smith, Debo Band, fun.

Read Patti Smith, Best Coast, Debo Band And More

May 8, 2012 – On this week's show, hear some of our favorite new tracks, plus a few musical surprises.


Horses by Patti Smith

Watch You've Never Heard Patti Smith's 'Horses'?!

November 29, 2011 – NPR Music intern Charlie Kaplan listens to Patti Smith's 1975 masterpiece for the first time.

Clockwise from top: Tinariwen, Lykke Li, Eleanor Friedberger, John Maus.

Read New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, More

June 22, 2011 – Hear new music from Eleanor Friedberger, Mates of State, Tinariwen and others.


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.

Read First Listen: 'Rave On Buddy Holly'

June 19, 2011 – Hear Holly covers by Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more.

Buddy Holly.

Listen Hear Patti Smith And Her 'Words Of Love' For Buddy Holly

June 13, 2011 – Hear Smith's impassioned contribution to an upcoming tribute album called Rave On Buddy Holly.


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Listen Patti Smith And Robert Mapplethorpe: Kindred Spirits

October 29, 2010 – Smith's memoir Just Kids describes her relationship with the provocative photographer.



Watch How Far Would You Go To See A Show?

October 15, 2010 – You've undoubtedly said at least once, "I'd do anything to see ____ in concert." Would you really?

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Listen 'Just Kids': Punk Icon Patti Smith Looks Back

January 19, 2010 – Punk icon Patti Smith's Just Kids recounts her 22-year friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe.


Listen Rocker Patti Smith, 'Dream Of Life'

December 30, 2009 – Smith and filmmaker Steven Sebring discuss their documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life.


Listen Patti Smith Explores the Classics WFUV

June 21, 2007 – The singer, musician, activist and punk icon gives an interview and in-studio performance. WFUV

Listen The National, Polyphonic Spree, Patti Smith

June 14, 2007 – A beautifully fake empire from The National; New music from the epic Polyphonic Spree; Brilliant...


Listen What Makes a Rocker Hall-of-Fame Worthy?

March 15, 2007 – Guests, including inductee Patti Smith, discuss what qualifies a performer as a Hall of Famer.


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