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Although she’s often referred to as ‘the Queen of Punk’, musician/writer Patti Smith is clearly not the most visible type of monarch, perched high up on her throne.

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Patti Smith is coming to Burnley Mechanics - here she is greeted by Pope Francis I

Although she’s often referred to as ‘the Queen of Punk’, musician/writer Patti Smith is clearly not the most visible type of monarch, perched high up on her throne.

Instead, the American music icon has always been more comfortable sitting on the fringes of her punk kingdom.

Aged 66 and with four decades of vast musical achievement under her belt, Patti Smith has managed to stay impressively distant from the musical mainstream and celebrity culture. This independent, uncompromising streak was, of course, very clear from day one of her career. Smith’s debut album, 1975’s Horses, drew on her background in poetry and performance art, and was truly unlike any other punk music around in the day.

Fiercely independent and always at ease in the alpha-male world of rock and roll, she has inspired almost every empowered, female rock star after her, from Siouxsie Sioux to PJ Harvey.

Given her edgy punk credentials, a Patti Smith live concert is unsurprisingly not your average show of non-stop, crowd-pleasing greatest hits – as sure to be proven at Wednesday’s Burnley Mechanics concert.  For what will be one of only two UK appearances in 2013, Smith will be joined by her regular band member Tony Shanahan for an eclectic evening of songs, spoken word pieces and a few anarchic surprises – all in a night’s work for this enduring Queen of Punk.

Patti Smith - Burnley Mechanics, Wednesday 17 April. For tickets priced £25, call 01282 664 400 or visit – burnleymechanics.co.uk