On December 13, 1975, Patti Smith’s album ‘Horses’ was released. Simply put, music was never the same again.
Certainly much has been said about the impact of Patti Smith’s debut album. Her’s how Rolling Stone described it in naming it No. 44 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time:
From its first defiant line, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine,” the opening shot in a bold reinvention of Van Morrison‘s Sixties garage-rock classic “Gloria,” Patti Smith‘s debut album was a declaration of committed mutiny, a statement of faith in the transfigurative powers of rock & roll. Horses made her the queen of punk before it even really existed, but Smith cared more for the poetry in rock. She sought the visions and passions that connected Keith Richards and Rimbaud – and found them, with the intuitive assistance of a killing band (pianist Richard Sohl, guitarist Lenny Kaye, bassist Ivan Kral and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty).