“At least once a day, every day, since September 10 1979, I’ve thought about that memorable concert, arguably the best, certainly the most powerful, in my artistic career.”
This is how, in 2009, Patti Smith
looked back on her first encounter with Florence
and the crowd of 80,000 people who turned up to welcome her. Over the years she grew more and more attached to the city and has returned on various occasions. And like many stars visiting Florence, has she stayed at the Bernini Palace
, leaving many a fond memory.
Born in Chicago in 1946, Patti Lee Smith was initially an underground poet
, sleeping in the metro and on the steps of buildings. She then joined the circles of New York intellectuals such as Andy Warhol, Lou Reed. and Bob Dylan before beginning her musical career at the age of 28. Her first album, Horses, was released in 1975. When she first came to Florence in 1979, she had already recorded various albums and the song “Because The Night”
, one of her biggest hits. Eighty thousand people heard her at the Stadio Franchi on that occasion. She then retired from the scene for almost ten years only to return to the crest of the wave with new hits such as “People Have The Power”
. Exactly 30 years later, in 2009, Patti Smith was back in Florence to celebrate the anniversary of that first legendary concert, her voice as ever at the service of powerful lyrics and devastating messages. Patti Smith cannot be pigeonholed into an idea or a single talent: she is at once a rock icon, a composer, a poet, a photographer and a writer.