Patti Smith Plays in Australia

Patti Smith performs live in Concert at the Sydney Opera House on October 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Patti Smith, the so-called "Godmother of Punk," performed in Sydney this weekend, playing from her new album Twelve in addition to her legendary 1970s tunes. She is now 61 years old, which is pretty amazing, since she could not possibly be any cooler.

Although she gained popularity for her singing and songwriting, Smith is more often referred to with a hybrid of different hats, including liberal activist, photographer and poet. That's why her time in Australia will also be spent at the Melbourne International Arts Festival with projects that celebrate her work, such as an exhibition of her photography and a documentary of her life. I would love to see that documentary. I'm picturing Smith singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at a Ralph Nader rally with her signature disheveled hair and androgynous clothing. Fantastic.

The festival will also honor beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who was Smith's good friend and mentor. Other friends/mentors of hers include Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. I really need to see that documentary.

Oh, and Smith is also spending what little time she has left over these days campaigning for Barack Obama. Huge surprise, considering her legacy of support for Nader, Hillary Clinton, Bill Bradley and Robert Kennedy. 

  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
  • Patti Smith Plays Sydney
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