Quintessential New Yorker Patti Smith rocked the punk scene in the 70s and rules just as hard today. Muse, singer, poetess, rocker, writer, artist, fashion rule breaker, and all around badass, the lanky and unconventionally beautiful Smith almost can't help being cool. She hit the scene in a big way with the release of her debut album in 1975, Horses, which was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York and features album art by Robert Mapplethorpe. The album was groundbreaking and has been countlessly included on numerous "best of" lists, while Smith has been cited as an influence to everyone from Courtney Love to the Smiths. In 2010, she released her memoir Just Kids, which chronicled her early years in New York, struggling and living at the Chelsea Hotel with Robert Mapplethorpe, hanging out at Max's Kansas City with Andy Warhol's crew, and finding her unique style: an androgynous punk look with lots of jewelry and attitude.
We love you, Patti.