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Punk Rock: Patti Smith

The materials in this guide are only a sampling of what is in our collections related to punk rock. Search the catalog for a complete list of sources on punk and punk performers.

Patti Smith

The high priestess of punk-poetry.

Rock was getting to slick for its own good when Patti Smith burst on the scene and tore it apart. She shrieked and howled literate yet street-savvy lyrics, unflinchingly confronting topics from religion to the Beat movement. More on


Books from the library's collection can be found here. See examples below.



Audio by Patti Smith can be found here.

Spotify Playlist

Rock Hall Videos with Patti Smith

Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Zack De La Rocha inducts Patti Smith Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2007 Patti Smith accepts award Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2007 Patti Smith peforms at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2007


Patti Smith with Lenny Kaye. Excerpts from The Poetry Project 2/9/11

Patti Smith Reflects on Power of Words, Rock 'N' Roll. PBS News Hour Patti Smith on talk show promoting her book Babel. March 8, 1978.  Patti Smith | Interview | TimesTalks Patti Smith: EXTENDED INTERVIEW on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Archival Collections

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Listed below are notable collections and items from the Rock Hall's Archives. You can find more by searching our catalog here


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