Patti Smith plans to release one last album.
The 75-year-old punk poet – who hasn’t released a record since 2012’s ‘Banga’ – has revealed she is working on material for her latest album.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said: “I have plans and I’ve written a lot of songs. I’d like to do one more album and my record company, Columbia, very generously let the door go. opened. “
The ‘Because the Night’ singer went into semi-retirement in 1980, just five years after releasing her acclaimed debut studio album, ‘Horses’, and spent 17 years focusing on raising her children – Jackson, 40, and Jesse, 35 – with her. her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith.
Patti admits she was a “demanding a**hole” before her career hiatus and had a “bad attitude” as she didn’t feel she was “growing” as an artist.
Additionally, Patti suffered from “bronchial disease”, which meant acting was bad for her health, and she wanted to spend more time with her family.
She explained: “In 1979 I wasn’t huge in America but in Europe, the last job I did was in an Italian arena for 80,000 people. I was on the peak of real success and financial success , but I wasn’t growing as an artist or a human being. Not because of drugs or anything – it wasn’t part of my lifestyle – but by my attitude. A lot of pride. I I was a very demanding asshole at times and didn’t write as much. Also, I had a bronchial condition, so playing in smoky rooms was physically debilitating, and I was away from the person I loved.”
Patti worried that no one would remember who she was when she decided to make her comeback, but she needed to earn a living because she had fallen on hard times, and she is grateful to Michael Stipe and Bob Dylan of REM de l helped to feel less alone.
Patti – who not only lost her husband but also her brother – added: “It was only ever my intention to make one record and hopefully create space for other people, which I thought ‘Horses’ had done. So stepping back was liberating. Coming back was very different. After my husband and brother died, I was alone in Michigan. I had two young children. I was struggling financially. I had to go back to work and it was scary wondering if people would remember me. I came back because of a terrible set of circumstances, but I met Michael Stipe, who was like my guardian angel. Bob Dylan offered me my first tour. Allen Ginsberg was there, William Burroughs, Jeff Buckley… So I was not alone. I had evolved, but there still had a part of me that could put its foot in an amplifier or rip the strings off a guitar.”