Sydney - Monday 2 February 2017. In a rare solo appearance Patti Smith will take to the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre on Sunday 23 April as part of the Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas program – to talk, read and sing from her acclaimed oeuvre.
Smith will discuss the many and varied dimensions of a career that spans 13 studio albums, visual arts, poetry and memoir, including Just Kids, 2010’s National Book Award winning tale chronicling her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s enduring friendship and their mutual evolution as artists, and her most recent offering, M Train.
Beginning in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith has her black coffee each morning, M Train ruminates on the world as it was and is, in prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and reflections on the writer’s craft and the loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith, in 1994. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Album in 2017.
In 2005, Patti Smith received the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honour awarded by the French Republic to eminent artists and writers. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a year later, the Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain held a major retrospective of her artwork.
Smith was born in Chicago and moved to New York City in the 1960s, where she would gain recognition for merging poetry and rock. She has published a number of books over the last five decades, including Just Kids, M Train, Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering and Auguries of Innocence.
Her Sydney Opera House visit will be her only solo event and will take place following her tour of Australia in April; featuring performances of her seminal record Horses at the State Theatre in Sydney and Hamer Hall in Melbourne, a performance with Australia’s Courtney Barnett at Festival Hall, and a headline appearance at Bluesfest 2017.
Patti Smith: In Her Own Words is co-presented by the Sydney Opera House and Bloomsbury Publishing with event partners The School of Life and Sydney Writers’ Festival.