Press release (February 6th 2007)
Records will release Twelve, the eagerly-anticipated album of "cover"
versions of classic popular songs newly interpreted by the 2007 Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith, on Tuesday, April 17. Twelve is Patti Smith's
first album of new studio recordings since trampin', her Columbia Records debut,
was released in 2004, and is the artist's first-ever full-length collection of
songs originally created by other performers.
On Twelve, Patti
Smith and her band -- Lenny Kaye (guitar), Jay Dee Daugherty (drums) and Tony
Shanahan (bass, keyboards) -- work their magic on a surprising selection of classic
songs and overlooked treasures from the rock & roll canon including "Pastime
Paradise" by Stevie Wonder, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
by Tears for Fears and "Helpless" by Neil Young. Also on Twelve, Smith
and company interpret songs by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Doors, Nirvana, Jefferson
Airplane, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, and Paul Simon.
assortment of guest artists appear with Patti on Twelve including Italian cellist
Giovanni Sollima; playwright Sam Shepard (with whom Patti collaborated on "Cowboy
Mouth" in 1971) on banjo; early 60s Greenwich Village folk artists John Cohen
(banjo) and Peter Stampfel (fiddle); Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea; Television
guitarist Tom Verlaine; the Black Crowes' Rich Robinson on slide guitar and dulcimer;
and hip-hop producer Luis Resto (Eminem) on keyboards. Patti's son, Jackson, and
daughter, Jesse, are on-hand to contribute guitar and vocal respectively.
Smith, whose seminal rock & roll album, Horses, was released in 1975, was
presented with the prestigious insignia of Commander of the Order of the Arts
and Letters by French Cultural Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres at a ceremony
in Paris on July 10, 2005. Cited as an esteemed rock & roll poet laureate,
Patti was praised by the French Cultural Ministry as "one of the most influential
artists in women's rock 'n' roll." The citation also noted Smith's deep appreciation
of the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud.
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She was recently named one
of the five inductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2007 along
with R.E.M., Van Halen, the Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Patti Smith will be officially inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 12. "It's
a great honor to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," said
While her groundbreaking vision of "three chord
rock merged with the power of the word" has ensured her place in rock &
roll history, Patti Smith has, throughout her career, developed a reputation as
one of pop music's foremost interpreters, visiting the songs of other musical
artists and transforming them through the lens of her own understanding, appreciation
and imagination. Beginning with her first single, "Hey Joe," in 1974
and her extrapolations of Van Morrison's "Gloria" and Chris Kenner's
"Land of 1,000 Dances" on her seminal Horses album in 1975 through her
live performances of songs ranging from "You Light Up My Life" to "My
Generation" to her new album, Twelve, Patti Smith continues to reshape popular
music's classic source materials and make them her own."
Are You Experienced?
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Within You Without You
Changing Of The Guards
Boy In The Bubble
Smells Like Teen Spirit