Patti Smith

Writer / Performer / Visual Artist

Patti Smith is a writer, performer and visual artist. Her recording, Horses , the first of thirteen, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010. She is a four time Grammy nominee, and was a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah .

Her acclaimed memoir, Just Kids , chronicling her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, received the 2010 National Book Award. Her other books include Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence , M Train , and Devotion, recently published by Yale Press.


A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Smith also holds the honor of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France, was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and is the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award, an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music. On December 1, Smith will be the 2017 John Lennon Real Love honoree.

“Artists are blessed with the ability to inspire and incite, but in the end it is the people who facilitate change. Pathway to Paris brings these forces together, art and activism. Their events bring to the forefront our civic duties and the joy and possibilities of unity.”

– Patti Smith