Patti Smith is a writer, performer and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses (1975) has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering and Auguries of Innocence . Her acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, chronicling her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. In 2005 the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honour awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2013 Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal, which recognises women whose lives, work and contributions embody the kind of drive and accomplishment achieved by the highly respected actress. Smith resides in New York City.