Throwback: Happy 74th Birthday, Patti Smith!

The legendary singer/songwriter, poet, artist and author, Patti Smith turns 74 today. Smith was an vital and integral member of New York’s punk rock scene of the 70s — and her work has managed to influence countless artists, including R.E.M.’s Micheal Stipe, Garbage‘s Shirley Manson, The Smiths, and countless others.

Personally, I’ve loved her work for some time, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her four times:

I thought that the best way to celebrate Ms. Smith’s birthday was some incredible live footage of her during the years. Happy birthday, Patti!