Patti Smith preps first new album since 2004
Patti Smith has announced the June 5 release of her latest studio album, "Banga." The album's first single, "April Fool," is available now for digital download.
"Banga" is Smith's 11th studio release overall, and marks the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first collection of original material since 2004's "Trampin'." The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and produced by Smith and her band: Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty, and Smith's long-time collaborator, Lenny Kaye. Featured guests include former Television frontman Tom Verlaine, Fab Faux-member Jack Petruzzelli, as well as Patti Smith's son, Jackson, and daughter, Jesse Paris.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Patti Smith has recently been celebrated for her literary talents, winning the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction for "Just Kids," the story of her deep friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and their effect on each other as burgeoning artists in New York City.
Smith, nicknamed "the Godmother of Punk," had been a part of New York's bohemian scene since the 1960s as a journalist, poet, painter, playwright, actor and performance artist before forming the Patti Smith Group in 1974. The band's first album, "Horses," was a critically acclaimed fusion of punk rock and poetry, but they achieved mainstream success with 1978's "Easter," thanks to the single "Because the Night," co-written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in that year. A 1993 cover version of the song recorded by 10,000 Maniacs on "MTV Unplugged" reached No. 11 on the same Billboard chart 15 years later.