Patti Smith Returns to 'Horses' Recording Studio For First Album in Eight Years

Courtesy of Clive Davis
Patti Smith with Clive Davis, who signed the singer in 1975

The "godmother of punk" is set to release her eleventh album, "Banga," in June, which includes a birthday song for friend Johnny Depp.

Singer-songwriter, activist, artist and poet Patti Smith will release her eleventh studio album, Banga, on June 5.

It has been eight years since her last project, the double disc Trampin, which was released after she signed with Columbia Records in 2004.

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The game-changing “godmother of punk” returned to New York's Electric Lady Studios, where she recorded her first single “Hey Joe / Piss Factory” and breakout 1974 debut, Horses. Bandmates Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty and Tony Shanahan join the singer on the 12-track album along with featured guests Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli and Smith’s son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris.

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Inspired by her dreams amd observations, the full-length features 12 tracks including a birthday song written for her friend Johnny Depp called "Nine.“

Smith received the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2010 for her book Just Kids, which tells the story of her friendship with photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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