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American Patti Smith is often referred to as the "Godmother of Punk" - an influential figure in the rise of the punk rock movement during the 1970s in the U.S.
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Some of her most memorable albums include her 1975 debut album "Horses" and her hit song "Because the Night", which was co-written by rocker Bruce Springsteen.
Although Smith is well regarded in the music industry, the 63-year-old is also well known for her political activism on a variety of issues.
She was an open supporter of the Green Party in the U.S. and threw her weight behind the 2000 presidential candidate, Ralph Nader.
Smith also helped organize some of the first series of protests against the U.S. led invasion of Iraq.
In 2007, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and rock stars including Michael Stipe of R.E.M and KT Tunstall have all openly said Smith was a source of inspiration.
Today, Smith has a new book out called "Just Kids" which chronicles her life in New York City during the 1970s and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.
And the Documentary “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” by Steven Sebring, had its national broadcast premiere on the POV (Point of View) www.pbs.org/pov/pattismith series on PBS last December.
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