Mayor Marty Walsh has declared Oct. 10 Patti Smith Day. 

“When Patti Smith emerged on the American art scene in the mid-1970's, she defined and inspired a new breed of artist through her mystical poems and urgent rock and roll,” Walsh said in a statement. “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 praised the punk rock poet laureate for balancing the sacred with the profane throughout a career that captivated a Boston audience from her earliest appearance here at the Jazz Workshop/Paul’s Mall in 1976 to her most recent performance headlining the City of Boston’s 2014 New Year’s Eve First Night Celebration. 

Walsh urged the city to join in celebration of the life and work which has influenced generations of music fans, poets and artists alike.