A portrait of Patti Smith in a black hat by photographer Edward Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith Quartet

Somerset House Summer Series with American Express

Sun 21 Jul 2024
Doors 19.30
£61.25 (includes £3.75 booking fee)

For telephone bookings call 0333 320 2836. Lines are open between 09.00 - 18.00 - Mon-Fri, 10.00 - 18.00 - Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays.

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Summer Series rounds off in style with the legendary Patti Smith Quartet. A mesmeric live presence, Smith’s unparalleled achievements as a performer, author, recording and visual artist are acknowledged worldwide.

Tickets go on general sale from 10.00 on Tuesday 19 March.

Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, Patti Smith’s artistic fortunes are indelibly entwined with New York City, where she migrated in 1967. Her first recording, Horses, released in 1975 and featuring Robert Mapplethorpe’s unforgettable cover portrait of Smith gazing defiantly back at the camera, changed the course of music in just eight songs and has inspired countless artists. The LP was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 and remains a constant fixture on essential album lists.

Across 11 studio albums, celebrated fan touchstones from her acclaimed discography include the seminal recording of Gloria,  Because the Night, co-written with Bruce Springsteen, and People Have the Power, co-written with her late husband Fred Sonic Smith, sitting alongside towering tracks from every decade of her recording career.

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A four-time Grammy nominee, Smith has authored over 20 books and was awarded the prestigious 2010 National Book Award for her bestselling memoir, Just Kids. Her seer-like status and irrepressible thirst for new experiences saw her curate an inspiring and memorable 2005 Meltdown. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and has been honoured with numerous international lifetime achievement awards for her contributions to music and the arts, while her photographs, drawings and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide.

The Patti Smith Quartet touring band includes Tony Shanahan on bass and keys, plus her son Jackson Smith on guitar and Seb Rochford on drums.

There’s no classier way to round off this year’s Summer Series than spending an intimate evening with a career-spanning show from one of music’s most fascinating and iconic figures.

Patti Smith Quartet, People Have The Power