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Lorde hates being told to smile

April 4th, 2014 4:20am EDT
Lorde hates being told to smile.
The 'Royals' singer doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a stereotypical pop princess and says she most admires women like Patti Smith who have strong opinions and a feisty personality.
She told the new issue of Fashion magazine: "I'm drawn to women who aren't painted in history as sweet figures. Patti Smith was prickly. She was frustrated. She didn't take people's s**t.
"There's no better music idol for young women, because there is a lot of pressure for us to be really positive all the time. Every photo shoot I do, I get asked for big smiles, and I shouldn't ...

Bjork to headline Noah premiere benefit in Iceland

March 6th, 2014 3:20am EST
Bjork is turning the premiere of new Biblical epic Noah in her native Iceland into a benefit concert.

The reclusive singer/songwriter will headline the 18 March (14) event at Harpa in Reykjavík with Lykke Li, Of Monsters & Men and Patti Smith on the bill for the post-premiere gig.

The concert is Bjork's response to proposed anti-conservationist policy changes by the Icelandic government.

Announcing the gig on her website on Tuesday (04Mar14), Bjork wrote, "Stopp! (sic) Breaking news! bjork and others need your help to save iceland's wilderness!"

Patti Smith dedicates song to Edward Snowden and Russian punk rockers

January 2nd, 2014 3:10am EST
Patti Smith
Punk icon Patti Smith celebrated her 67th birthday by dedicating a song to infamous U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and newly-free punk rockers Pussy Riot at a concert on Monday (30Dec13).

Smith commemorated her birthday by taking the stage at New York City's Webster Hall, but the outspoken singer made sure that the show wasn't all about her.

Near the end of her two-hour gig, Smith paid tribute to the former U.S. secret service agent and the Russian artists for their activism and protests against the government.

Smith praised Pussy Riot stars Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, ...

Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist Allen Lanier dead at 67

August 15th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Blue Osster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult founding member Allen Lanier has died at the age of 67.

The keyboardist/guitarist passed away in hospital after a fight with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease commonly associated with smoking. No further details surrounding his death were available at the time WENN goes to press.

Frontman Eric Bloom broke the news on the band's page on Wednesday (14Aug13), writing, “My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, ...

Patti Smith & Russell Brand autobiographies inspire Courtney Love

June 25th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Patti Smith
Rocker Courtney Love is using the literary works of Russell Brand, Patti Smith and silver screen icon Tallulah Bankhead as inspiration for her upcoming memoirs.

The Hole star is co-writing the tome with author Anthony Bozza and she is mining her favourite books for ideas on style, tone and what to include.

She tells Rolling Stone, "I'm reading Just Kids again because I know Patti wrote that by herself, and My Booky Wook by Russell Brand, which I think is a great book in terms of just his voice. And then I found an old Tallulah Bankhead book, where she is very fabulous. So it's a combinati...

Patti Smith To Appear On Flea's Fundraising Solo EP

July 19th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Patti Smith
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea has recruited punk icon Patti Smith for his new fundraising solo EP, which fans will decide how much to pay for.

Following Radiohead's ground-breaking sales concept, the bassist will release the Helen Burns project later this year and allow fans to pay what they want to download the tracks.

All proceeds will benefit the Silverlake Conservatory for Music school Flea founded a decade ago.

He tells, "It is obscure, arty, mostly instrumental music, except when Patti Smith sings. It will be available for download at any price you want to pay...

The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

June 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...

Sting's Daughter To Play Patti Smith In 'GBGB' Biopic

June 5th, 2012 4:18pm EDT
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner has landed the coveted role of punk icon Patti Smith in star-studded new movie CBGB.

Sumner was added to the cast on Monday, alongside Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop in the film about late New York club boss Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman.

The twosome joins Johnny Galecki and Steven Schub, who will play Terry Ork and DeeDee Ramone in the film, and sexy Malin Akerman, who will play Blondie star Debbie Harry.

Also among the cast: Evan Alex Cole as Richard Hell, Avatar star Joel David Moore as J...

Alan Rickman To Star In CBGB Founder Biopic

May 15th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman will always be Professor Severus Snape to us, but he's about to take on the guise of another, more modern legend. You might not have heard of Hilly Kristal, but surely you have heard of the club he started and owned until it closed in 2006, CBGB.

The legendary East Village institution kick started punk rock and became a second home to local artists like Patti Smith, Television, Suicide, the Ramones, and Blondie; later years gave rise to hardcore acts like Bad Brains and, yes, the Beastie Boys. Kristal had plans to take his club to Vegas but died in 2007.

Rickman's casting new...

Paul Simon And Yo-Yo Ma To Share 2012 Polar Music Prize

May 8th, 2012 12:41pm EDT
Paul Simon
Music icon Paul Simon has been chosen to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The singer will share the honor with cellist Yo-Yo Ma after they were selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Hailing Simon's career, a college spokesman said, "Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of 'world-class songwriter'. For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by rejoining the world's continents with his music. Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations."

The ceremony will...

Shailene Woodley: 'I Would Love To Play Patti Smith'

May 2nd, 2012 11:53am EDT
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley has named her dream role - she's desperate to play rocker Patti Smith on the big screen.

The Descendants star admits she's obsessed with the godmother of punk and has been reading Smith's memoir Just Kids, about her bohemian days in New York's infamous Hotel Chelsea.

She tells ASOS Magazine, "Movies are where my heart is at. I love dark roles - roles that appear scary. Not in a horror film way, but like Black Swan or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Films that take the audience on an emotional journey. And I would love to play Patti Smith in a film one day - I'm...

Kiss' Gene Simmons Blasts Hall Of Fame Omission

March 23rd, 2012 1:36pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Outspoken Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is angry the band has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, branding the snub a "joke".

This year's induction ceremony includes Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and the decision to omit the legendary '70s rockers yet again rankles with the band.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Mado...

Evan Rachel Wood Sang Lullabies With Patti Smith

October 8th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood has extra special memories of her recent trip to Venice, Italy - she hung out with singer Patti Smith and "sang lullabies" with the punk rock icon.

The actresss was in Europe to promote her new movie "The Ides of March" in August when she got the opportunity to bond with Smith - and she's been in disbelief at her rock star meeting ever since.

She tells People magazine, "When I was in Venice, I got to hang out with her. We walked around at night and sang lullabies. I'm still coming down from that."

And Wood is now planning to read up about the hitmaker - she's put Smith's...

Patti Smith Launches 9/11 Inspired Exhibit

September 11th, 2011 8:30pm EDT
Patti Smith
Rocker Patti Smith has launched an art exhibition inspired by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The "Because The Night" singer unveiled her 26-strong collection, titled "Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue," in New York on Wednesday, four days ahead of the 10th anniversary of the disaster on Sunday.

Smith's band members Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan were among guests at the launch at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College.

A statement about Smith's art pieces reads, "This exhibition... comprises some 26 works on paper by the esteemed poet, performer, and visual artist Patti Smith a...

Patti Smith Wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize

May 3rd, 2011 1:44pm EDT
Patti Smith
Punk icon Patti Smith has been selected to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The rocker will share the honor, which is handed out by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, with the Kronos Quartet.

The prize committee which selected Smith insisted that "by devoting her life to art in all its forms, Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock 'n' roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock 'n' roll."

The judges added that the 64 year old "has transformed the way an entire generation looks, thinks, and dreams."

Both Smith and the string quartet will be invited ...

Jennifer Lopez Helps Raise $6.7 Million At Charity Auction

May 21st, 2010 12:09pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez helped raise $6.7 million for AIDS research at a star-studded gala in France on Thursday.

The superstar took time out from the Cannes Film Festival to help auction off 10 lavish gifts, including a gold-plated bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, a day with former president Bill Clinton, and a flight in a fighter jet. Lopez was joined by celebrities in the audience including Paris Hilton, Naomi Watts, Mick Jagger and Naomi Campbell.

Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige and Patti Smith provided the music and Russell Crowe helped lead the bids. During the show, actress Michelle Williams ...

Katy Perry's Pink Spotted Frock - Hot Or Not?

April 22nd, 2010 7:30pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry arrived at the 27th Annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Music Awards yesterday in Los Angeles wearing a gray and pink gown with strappy black heels. Our thoughts? Meh. What do you think?

The pop star picked up two awards last night for her singles "Hot N Cold" and "Waking Up In Vegas."

The star-studded event, which was attended by over 700 leading songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, paid special tribute to Patti Smith and The Killers, and honored the songwriters and publishers behind some of today's most popular music....


February 22nd, 2010 6:45pm EST
Patti Smith
Patti Smith discussed and signed her new book, "Just Kids" at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago on February 21st. Is it us, or does Patti look alot like ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's old man puppet Walter? Pics & more goofy stuff after the jump!

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Rock Spawn Kelly Osbourne Looks Good In Latex

February 12th, 2010 11:16am EST
Kelly Osbourne at Fashion Week
Fashionistas and models hung out with rock queen Gwen Stefani to help her celebrate her new L.A.M.B. collection at fashion week last night. Kelly Osbourne joined the party, and she really rocks the black latex look, don't you think? See more pics from the party...

Kelly joined music legend Toni Braxton, Josh Hartnett, Jared Leto and other stars at Surf Lodge and Milk Studios in New York City. The stars sipped on Belvedere cocktails, including the Endless Summer, Citrus Kiss and Pear Crisp varieties. Later on in the evening at the downstairs gallery’s LnA party, 650 partygoers jammed to ...

White Stripes Drummer Meg White Engaged

May 4th, 2009 10:28pm EDT
White Stripes
White Stripes star Meg White is to marry her rocker boyfriend Jackson Smith, according to reports. The 34-year-old drummer is set to marry Smith, 27, who is the son of punk legend Patti Smith, on May 22 after becoming engaged to the star earlier this year.

The couple met last summer and will reportedly exchange vows at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, according to the Detroit Free Press.

A source tells the publication, "They don’t want it to be a circus. They want it to be about the two of them.”

White was previously married to bandmate Jack White from from 1996 to 2000, t...

Patti Smith's 'Easter' LP Upset Record Label

August 28th, 2008 11:54am EDT
Patti Smith
Punk icon Patti Smith's 1978 album Easter was almost banned from record stores because her own record company staffers hated the artwork and the track listing. The defiant "Because The Night" singer refused to bow to company pressure about the song Rock N Roll N---er or the sight of armpit hair on the cover.

She says, "The rack-jobbers didn't want to stock the album because you could see my armpit hair on the cover and then the back cover had the title Rock N Roll N---er. I was warned if I didn't airbrush the hair and retitle the song, the album wouldn't sell... I was never interested ...

Roger Waters & Patti Smith Plan Duets With Sons

June 4th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters and punk pioneer Patti Smith are to perform with their sons for an upcoming charity concert. Waters is set to take to the stage with his 31-year-old son Harry on the piano; while Smith will perform with Jackson, 26, on guitar at the Cries From The Heart: Tyranny gig in London.

The event on Sunday June 8 will raise money for the Human Rights Watch charity. Other scheduled performers include actors Julie Christie and Ian McKellen.

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Fascinating Facts

January 10th, 2008 5:22pm EST
Quentin Tarantino
Directors Quentin Tarantino and Mary Harron and actors Marcia Gay Harden, Sandra Oh and Diego Luna will all be members of the dramatic competition jury at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month.

Avril Lavigne has shot down rumours she is expecting her first child with husband Deryck Whibley. Gossip sites claimed the 23-year-old Canadian singer was a month-and-a-half pregnant with the Sum 41 rocker. But her representative has told, "It's not true."

Juno actress Ellen Page dog is called Patti Smith, in honor of her favorite singer.

Veteran actor Mor...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 30

December 30th, 2007 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to basketball phenom LeBron James (1984), "Smallville" actress Kristin Kreuk (1982), "Tru Calling" actress Eliza Dushku (1980), singer Tyrese (1978), boxer Laila Ali (1977), "Criminal Minds" actress Meredith Monroe (1976), golf star Tiger Woods (1975), NFL quarterback Kerry Collins (1972), Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay (1969), British comedic actress Tracey Ullman (1959), Today Show anchor Matt Lauer (1957), singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss (1956), ELO singer Jeff Lynne (1947), singer Patti Smith (1946), Monkees' lead singer Davy Jones (1945) and songwriter Mike Nesmith (1942), ...

Moby's Impromptu Tribute Gig

October 2nd, 2007 3:03pm EDT
Music stars Patti Smith and Moby shocked fans at a T. Rex tribute event in New York on Saturday, by jumping onstage for impromptu performances. The dance star claims he only attended the bash as a fan of the rockers - but couldn't resist the temptation to play.

He writes on his blog, "Somehow I ended up on stage playing '20th Century Boy', which has the sexiest guitar riff of all time, ever. Patti Smith performed, as well as some of my new wave heroes: Richard Lloyd from 'Television', and Lloyd Cole from the Commotions. For me, though, the biggest thrill of the night was performing wi...

Beth Ditto: 'Female Singers Ignored'

September 2nd, 2007 12:00pm EDT
Beth Ditto
Gossip star Beth Ditto has hit out at the music industry for ignoring feminist icons in favor of male bands.

The singer claims successful female singers are often overshadowed by all-male bands such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

She says, "It's as if Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and Etta James never existed."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Bruce Springsteen's Piano For Sale On eBay

August 9th, 2007 8:47am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
An acoustic piano once belonging to Bruce Springsteen is up for sale on internet auction site eBay. The instrument, which has also been played by Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ricky Nelson, Patti Smith and the Pretenders, was owned by Springsteen between 1977 and 1979 in the New York apartment he shared with then-girlfriend Lynn Goldsmith.

She later sold the piano to music memorabilia firm Symbolic Collection, which is starting the online auction at $10,000.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

All-Girl Four Piece The Hedrons Have Classic Chick-Rock Sound

July 2nd, 2007 5:00pm EDT
The Hedrons
Granted, Scotland is best known for its bagpipes and teary-eyed sad bastard music. But, let's get one thing straight: Glasgow's The Hedrons don't cry; and the only pipes in this band are on lead-singer Tippi. Seriously, what you see is what you get here – four rough-neck chicks belting out loud, blustering, bar music. Of course, these no-frills femme fatales follow in the footsteps of the much more testosterone-dominated Stooges, or the slipshod pop punk of the Ramones. But we can certainly hear some of that soaring, chick-empowerment of Joan Jett or the slop-pop of Veruca Salt, too. And wi...

Suzanne Vega To Release 'Beauty & Crime' July 17

June 9th, 2007 4:00pm EDT
Suzanne Vega
Over 20 years into her storied career, singer Suzanne Vega shows that she remains one of the freshest voices in popular music today with the release of Beauty & Crime, her seventh album.

Revolving around the theme of New York, the city where Vega was raised and still lives, the 11 original songs on Beauty & Crime remind those of us who are old enough to remember "Tom's Diner" (complete with its myriad remixes) why we fell in love with Suzanne in the first place. For a younger generation, this new collection of songs fits in nicely among a the latest crop of artists (Feist, Sufjan Stev...

Patti Smith 'Struggles' To Live In America

May 22nd, 2007 10:59am EDT
Patti Smith
Punk poet Patti Smith finds it "difficult" living in her native America, because of her disdain for the current president, George W. Bush. The liberal singer, 60, supported Bush's Democrat rival John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign and is looking forward to the end of Bush's term in 2008.

Having witnessed the fall of New York City's Twin Towers on September 11, Smith has been horrified by the subsequent drastic changes in U.S. law.

She tells London's Time Out magazine, "I'm not afraid of terrorism at all. I'm afraid of our loss of freedom, loss of mobility, loss of global ...

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