In what will be a rare solo appearance poet, writer and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith will take to the Joan Sutherland Theatre Stage at the Sydney Opera House on April 23rd to talk, read and sing from her acclaimed oeuvre.
Over the course of the evening Smith will touch on the many different dimensions of her career, one which encompasses thirteen records, visual arts, poetry and memoir – including the award winning memoir Just Kids.
Smith followed up Just Kids with another memoir, M Train in 2015. The book, beginning in the Greenwich Village and the café where Smith drinks her coffee every morning, is a journey through Smith’s ruminations on creativity, the craft of writing and the death of her husband Fred Sonic Smith in 1994.
Smith was awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005, inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. And whilst Smith might be best known as a musician who merged poetry and music, she has over the last five decades published a number of books across a variety of genres, from memoir to art to poetry.
Smith’s appearance at the Joan Sutherland Theatre will be her only solo event in Australia and will take place following her scheduled Australian tour. A tour which will see her perform her seminal record Horses in full in Sydney and Melbourne and play a headline set at Bluesfest 2017. It was also announced recently that this tour would be Smith’s final Australian shows.
Patti Smith: In Her Own Words is co-presented by Sydney Opera House and Bloomsbury Publishing in partnership with School of Life and Sydney Writers’ Festival. Tickets go on sale Friday 24th February and start at $35. For more information and ticketing visit HERE