2014 Chicago Tribune Literary Award
Legendary rock ’n’ roller. Punk poetess. Conjurer of the dead.
This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades. At the heart of New York’s downtown scene with the likes of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Sam Shepard, and Allen Ginsberg, Smith—all shaggy hair and hollow cheeks—mesmerized the avant-garde. Her debut album, Horses, was electrifying. Its raw energy changed music and poetry for good. Just Kids, her gorgeous, stirring memoir of the era and her relationship with the late Robert Mapplethorpe, made people fall in love with Smith all over again. Spend an unforgettable hour at Symphony Center with this American icon.
This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series.