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Patti Smith turns 66 on Dec. 30, 2012. The veteran rock singer rose to fame as a singer and songwriter in the 1970s and is often dubbed the 'Godmother of Punk.' She is also known as an anti-war activist, a poet and an author. She won the National Book Award in 2010 for her memoir 'Just Kids,' which is set to be made into a film.
'Outside Society,' Smith's fourth compilation record, was released in August and contains made up of 18 remastered tracks from her past albums, including her 1978 hit 'Because The Night,' her popular but controversial song "Rock n' Roll (Expletive),' whose title contains a racial slur and her 2007 cover of 1990s band Nirvana's hit 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.
(Pictured: Patti Smith appears on the cover of her 2011 album 'Outside Society.' / Patti Smith performs at the Hop Farm Music Festival in the UK on July 2, 2011.)
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