Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses.
The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, “I’m going to be happy to celebrate it, to perform the album with happiness, not with any kind of cynicism or a cashing-in thing. It will be a true, proud celebration.”
Smith’s band still includes guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, who played on Horses, as well as bassist Tony Shanahan who joined with her return to live performances in the mid-’90s. She said, “If my pianist [Richard Sohl] hadn’t died young, he would be right with us.”
She continued, saying that on the Nov. 10th anniversary date, she hopes to celebrate the album in New York “in a special way,” as well as hosting celebrations in Paris and London and “everywhere, because it’s a true milestone.”
Smith also said she is finishing her new book, a follow-up to 2010’s Just Kids that won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, chronicling her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This new book, she described, as being “contemporary and “sort of in present tense.” She said, “It’s whatever I felt. I hopped on a train and kept going.”