Patti Smith to appear in Cambridge

IT’S not often you get one of the 100 most influential people in the world appearing on your doorstep.

So news that Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith, is set to appear at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge should spark some serious interest.

Armed with her latest release, Banga, Smith presents her latest collection of tunes to the world in a series of much-anticipated concerts covering all four corners of the globe.

Banga is the 11th studio album from Smith, who has been listed in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet, and was recorded throughout 2011 in New York. It includes collaborations with the likes of Tom Verlaine of Television and Smith’s own children, Jackson and Jesse Paris.

Inspired by her unique dreams and observations, the material on Banga focuses on a wide range of human experience and features songs about history, current affairs, death and nature.

Smith’s back catalogue covers as eclectic material as her new release with her seminal debut album Horses setting the standard for her later work.

The 1975 release is considered a benchmark of punk released two years before the scene reached critical mass in the UK.

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Critics still widely regard the album with its iconic lusty cover of Them’s Gloria, the sublime Free Money and the majestic title track.

Although mainstream success has eluded the singer she has been honoured by the artistic establishment receiving the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and being inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.

Outside of the critical sphere her biggest hit was a track gifted to her by Bruce Springsteen.

Because the Night appeared in top 40s across the world and brought exposure to her blend of poetry and rock music.

The oft-copied mix has seen many try to ape the ‘serious’ style but Smith’s literary take on lyrics is the real deal with the singer going on to pen an award winning memoir.

Just Kids details her troubled early life in New York and a doomed romance with artist Robert Mapplethorpe which went on to secure the National Book Award for Non-fiction and was nominated for a number of plaudits.

Smith’s focus will however be on the music when she appears later in the year and although September seems a long way off tickets are sure to disappear long before she steps on stage.

Patti Smith plays the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday, September 10. Tickets �25 available from or by calling 01223 357851.