Patti Smith Awarded French Honour

Published: 2005-07-13
The French government has awarded American poet and musician Patti Smith the insignia of the Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters for her influence on rock music. The 58-year-old singer accepted the honour from Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, France's culture minister, at an AIDS benefit concert in Paris this past weekend.

"I have vowed to live up to this honour in my work and my conduct," Smith said in accepting the award. "I can't explain what I feel like. It has uplifted me, and I will work very hard to earn it."

Smith, whose hits include 1978's "Because the Night," said she is working on a new album of cover tunes from artists like Bob Dylan, Edith Piaf, and the Grateful Dead.

Writer: Trent McMartin

    Photo:Pete Doherty


Fatal error: Call to undefined function session_is_registered() in /home2/soulshi/public_html/news/newsarticle.php on line 513
Please login / register to post a personalized comment, or you may simply post as an Anonymous user.
SPEAK OUT! Post your comments about this article here.