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Patti Smith is amazing. She’s pretty much written the path for women singer-songwriters, artists and poets and she has done it so well that men even want to be her. Because who doesn’t want to be Patti Smith, she’s humble and wise and brilliant and tough and compassionate? More than anything though, Smith proved rock and roll could be poetry.

Joan Didion, and Joni Mitchell, nearly broke the Internet last week when they were revealed as the newest faces of Céline and Saint Laurent, respec--- this is Patti Smith, photographed by Timothy Greenfield -Sanders

Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in 1975, the year that they met. Source: Vanity Fair.

Bob Dylan talking to Patti Smith in stairwell during party at Allen Ginsberg’s House in Greenwhich Village. Photo by Ken Regan.

“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”   #happybirthday

Patti Smith wears a t-shirt that says 'Fuck the Clock' at a New Year's Eve concert at

Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe

Kate Simon Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe New York City, 1979 Irvine Contemporary,

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I have a huge girl crush on Patti Smith since discovering her poetry and music as a teenager: Seventh Heaven, Patti Smith,

Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand | Patti Smith

Patti Smith ( photo was used as the original cover of her first 'thick book' of…

"When I was young, I took it for granted I was going to do something. If I watched Popeye, I wanted to be Popeye. I hated being a spectator." - Patti Smith

“Daydream,” 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph, Featuring Patti Smith

Patti Smith - Horses & Hey Joe....i get goosebumps as soon as she gets to "horses, horses...." love riding my bike to this one...

From the UK's "Old Grey Whistle Test" TV here's the Patti Smith Group performing "Horses / Hey Joe".

"I get into so many genders I couldn't even tell you. I've written from the mouth of a dog, a horse, dead people, anything. I don't limit myself. Some of the best sex I've ever had was with Rimbaud or Jimi Hendrix. I call them my brainiac-amours. Nothing sick about it, ya know. I get me a lot of good poetry out of it. Me and Rimbaud have made it a million times." - Patti Smith

"I get into so many genders I couldn't even tell you. I've written from the mouth of a dog, a horse, dead people, anything. I don't limit myself. Some of the best sex I've ever had was with Rimbaud or Jimi Hendrix. I call them my brainiac-amours. Nothing sick about it, ya know. I get me a lot of good poetry out of it. Me and Rimbaud have made it a million times." - Patti Smith