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Patti Smith Performs ‘People Have the Power’ for Voters in New York City

Patti Smith and her longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye serenaded early voters with her apropos 1988 song "‘People Have the Power" in a New York City…
Katherine Turman / November 3, 2020

John Lennon Tribute Concert to Feature Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and More

The 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute, featuring previously unseen and newly recorded performances Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, Bettye LaVette and…
Katherine Turman / September 30, 2020

Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and More Join Forces on ‘People Have the Power’

Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Stella McCartney, Tony Hawk, and Micah Nelson — along with dozens of artists and activists worldwide — recorded…
SPIN Staff / September 22, 2020

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History Personified: Lenny Kaye’s Life in Music

The Greenwich Village of the 1960s was a carnival of music, literature, poetry, coffee houses, free love, fashion and great ethnic food. The neighborhood’s heartbeat…
Lisa Ellex / January 11, 2021

John Lennon Tribute Concert to Feature Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and More

The 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute, featuring previously unseen and newly recorded performances Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, Bettye LaVette and…
Katherine Turman / September 30, 2020

The 25 Best Soundtrack Albums of the 1990s

In the 1980s, music and film collided for cross-promotional blockbusters both transcendent (Purple Rain) and transcendently cheesy (Footloose). In the ‘90s, soundtracks continued to sell…
Al Shipley / August 27, 2020

Patti Smith to Hold Special Virtual Performance and Book Reading

Patti Smith will hold a special performance featuring music and a reading of excerpts from her most recent memoir, Year of the Monkey.
Emily Tan / August 5, 2020

The 10 Best Punk and Alternative Bob Dylan Covers

Bob Dylan is one of the most widely covered artists in popular music – hit versions of his songs by the Byrds and Peter, Paul…
Al Shipley / June 19, 2020

Michael Stipe, Flea, Patti Smith and More Team Up For Pathway to Paris Livestream Concert

April 22 marked the 50th Earth Day, and to celebrate Pathway to Paris — a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions for climate change — is…
Katrina Nattress / April 26, 2020

Patti Smith Pens Poem for Greta Thunberg’s 17th Birthday

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg is too busy trying to save the planet to ask for anything else for her 17th birthday Friday (Jan. 3).
Heran Mamo, Billboard / January 3, 2020

Remember When Morrissey Autographed Other Artists’ Records and Sold Them at His Show?

Morrissey made some curious additions to his merch table at his October 26 show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. According to a photo…
Maggie Serota / October 28, 2019

The 35 Greatest Rock and Roll TV Moments Before the ’90s

From the Beatles to Iggy Pop, here are rock and roll's best television moments of all-time.
SPIN Staff / October 12, 2019

Bob Dylan: Our 1985 Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the December 1985 issue of SPIN. Bob Dylan, poet laureate, prophet in a motorcycle jacket. Mystery tramp. Napoleon…
Scott Cohen / September 8, 2019

R.E.M.: Our 1986 Cover Story

This article originally appeared on the October 1986 issue of SPIN. Pretty Persuasion I can't imagine R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe trying to sell…
Barry Walters / August 10, 2019

Patti Smith Announces New Memoir Year of the Monkey

Patti Smith has announced a new memoir titled Year of the Monkey, set to be released on Sept. 24 via Penguin Random House. The book tells…
Tosten Burks / May 30, 2019

Watch Patti Smith Perform With Bruce Springsteen and Michael Stipe

Last night, Patti Smith brought along fellow rockers Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M's Michael Stipe to join her on stage during a concert at New York's…
Israel Daramola / April 24, 2018
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