CHF 2014: Journeys
2014 Chicago Tribune Literary Award
Legendary rock ’n’ roller. Punk poetess. Conjurer of the
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
This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row series.
“Jesus may have died for somebody’s sins, but Patti Smith lives
and writes and sings for all of us.”—The Washington Post
Photograph of Patti Smith by Edward Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. Her first recording, 1975’s Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010. Her acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, chronicles her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Smith’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide and she continues to write, perform, work on art projects, and lends support for human right issues.
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