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Exclusive: Rocker Patti Smith Is a Real Grandmother Now, Not Just of Punk Rock


EXCLUSIVE: The great (I mean it, I love her) Patti Smith is always called “the godmother of punk rock.” But now I can tell you that Patti is a real grandmother. Her son, Jackson, has a baby boy born last November 4th.

Patti was beaming as she told me about the bundle of joy, who is named for Jackson’s late father, and Patti’s late husband, the great MC5 rocker Fred “Sonic” Smith.

We were at a swell little private screening last night of Jim Jarmusch’s new movie “Only Lovers Left Alive” starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, and Mia Wasikowska. More on that a minute.

The Smiths have a lot of weird and cool coincidences in their lives. When Patti married Fred in 198o, their invitation read “Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Smith invite you to the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Fred died on November 4, 1994– and November 4th was the birthday of Patti’s by then late best friend Robert Mapplethorpe. Now baby Fred was born on November 4, 2013. It’s the circle of life indeed! Mazel tov to Patti and her family.

Patti told me she’s been pretty busy lately. She wrote and recorded a song for the “Noah” soundtrack. “It’s a lullaby song in the movie by Noah [Russell Crowe],” she said. She’s also working on a follow up book to her mesmerizing best selling memoir, “Just Kids.”

Meantime, at the “Only Lovers” screening (sponsored by W Magazine and editor Stefano Tonchi) came a slew of indie film types including the blonde and beauteous Oscar winning Tilda, plus the Talking Heads’ David Byrne, actors Stellan Skarsgard and Peter Sarsgaard (who are not related to each other), Joel Coen, Steve Buscemi and wife Jo, Fisher Stevens and Lexi Bloom, Pablo Schreiber, and Ann Dexter Jones.

The modern vampire story– quite different from “Twilight” — has an official premiere on April 1st and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics that week. It’s Jarmusch’s first real move since the excellent “Broken Flowers” in 2005.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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