Star-Bulletin Features

Thursday, June 28, 2001

Patti Smith's punk credentials date to the mid-'70s New York scene.

Punker Patti Smith
debuts here Aug. 1


One of the true icons of punk music, a woman who is constantly evolving as an artist and still a riveting performer on stage, Patti Smith makes her long overdue Hawaii debut Aug. 1 at World Cafe.

Now in her 50s, Smith is part of a line of rock music-influenced poets that include Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison. Her music came of age during the heyday of New York City punk of the mid-'70s. Smith's recordings include her pivotal debut, "Horses"; "Easter," which featured her only chart hit, "Because the Night," co-written with Bruce Springsteen; the song "Dancing Barefoot" from the "Wave" album; and "People Have the Power," her idealistic call to arms on "Dream of Life."

Following a series of tragic events in her life, triggered by the deaths of her husband and brother, she released "Gone Again," an intense and melancholic album. "Peace and Noise" and her latest album, "Gung Ho," include guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, as well as Oliver Ray and Tony Shanahan.

Tickets go on sale starting Saturday at $20 (plus service charges). They'll be available at Tower Records at Kahala and Pearl Kai, Tower Video on Kapiolani, Jelly's at Puck's Alley and Pearl Kai, Hungry Ear in Kailua, Foodland/Sack n' Save, House of Music, Tempo Music and UH Campus Center, or charge by phone, 526-4400.

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