City of Boston proclaims tomorrow “Patti Smith Day”

Jeff Terich

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has declared tomorrow, October 10, to be Patti Smith Day. “I urge my fellow Bostonians to join me in celebrating her enormous artistic contribution to the world,” Walsh writes in the proclamation, as well as listing many of Smith’s accomplishments throughout her career. “Ms. Smith captivated audiences yearning for intellectual and emotional challenges in popular art, choosing ambiguity and raw emotion over the traditional stereotypes of women in rock music.” Walsh made the announcement ahead of Smith’s Saturday appearance at the Back Bay Events Center, where she will be signing copies of her new memoir, M Train, which is the follow-up to her 2010 book, Just Kids.

Read the proclamation below, courtesy of Vanyaland.

Patti Smith Day proclamation

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s debut album, Horses. “Gloria” is on our list of the Top 200 Songs of the ’70s.

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