Writer, poet, singer and American composer, born in Chicago in December 1946. He wrote for magazines of Rock in the early 1970s, and his poetic work was appreciated among the New York artistic and intellectual circles. After writing for other groups, form the Patti Smith Group in 1974, recording a single for an independent label before joining Arista and releasing their first album in 1975. Horses was produced by John Cale (former Velvet Underground), and the voice of Patti Smith was soon known throughout the country. At that time, was a central figure in the movement Punk-New Wave of New York, performing frequently at CBGB's, club that have passed in each time figures and most interesting promises of the musical avant-garde. His next work was Radio Ethiopia, 1976, which gave him great success with Because The Night - half with Bruce Springsteen - written version. Waves, in 1979, put a point and apart in the career of Patti, who withdraws from the world of music. He returned to the Studio in 1988, with the Dream Of Life, co-produced by Jimmy Lovine and Fred Sonic Smith, ex MC-5 and husband of the singer.
In March 2004 it published a new work, Trampin', which marked the return of the singer from Chicago to the international sphere. On the other hand, in July 2005, she was named Commander of the order of Arts and letters by French Culture Minister, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres French.