Win A Special Edition Of Patti Smith’s New Album, Banga

Widely adored musician-artist-poet-writer, Patti Smith will be releasing her brand-new album Banga this week (June 5!) and to celebrate, we’re giving you the chance to win a super special edition box set!

The package comes with the Banga album, a hardcover book that includes 64 pages of original images, complete lyrics and liner notes, plus the exclusive track “Just Kids”. Sounds great, right?

From the Columbia Records press release:

“This highly-anticipated album marks Smith’s first collection of original material since 2004… Inspired by Smith’s unique dreams and observations, Banga’s poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world – a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith has crafted an album that captures a wide range of human experience.

There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 (Amerigo), a rock song for the people of Japan in the wake of last years earthquake (Fuji-san), a classic ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse (This Is The Girl), an improvised meditation on art and nature (Constantine’s Dream) as well as a birthday song written for her friend Johnny Depp (Nine).”

Banga‘s first single, “April Fool” was released on April Fool’s Day to rave reviews. NPR is now streaming a brand-new track, “Fuji-San” which you might also enjoy.

How To Enter

Write a haiku poem (three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables) about Patti Smith and leave it in the comments section. I’d probably write one about how much I loved Just Kids or maybe even how I aspire to have her hair style from the cover of Horses. Anything goes.

We’re going to pick the winner at random on Thursday June 7. Make sure you use a valid email address (that you check often!) when leaving your comment, as that’s how we’ll notify the winner.

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  1. I heard april fool.
    And thought, “No.” Until your voice
    Cracked and I said, “Yes!”

  2. First heard Horses in
    The sixth grade. My sins my own
    they belong to me, Me.

    Patti, punk goddess
    Her soul shines through poetry
    it’s a dream of life.

  3. 1977

    read seventh heaven
    at sixteen in south texas
    “the word .. passed through me”


    Turn up the volume!
    Who needs other role models
    When Patti’s singing?

  5. stand back biatches
    already entered eight times
    album will be mine

    (just a little chuckle… go patti!)

  6. An FYI: There is an amazing exhibit of Patti Smith’s photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). And in yesterday/Sunday’s edition of the Detroit Free Press is an article, “The DIA Through Patti Smith’s Eyes: The poet, musician and artist unleashes her imagination on a tour of the museum she has loved for decades.”

    • Yes! My girlfriend went and loved it! Everyone should go see the show at the DIA!!

  7. Patti Smith dies for
    somebody’s sins, probably
    Straddlers’. Listen to

    our mourning process:
    We will cry for days.

  8. she is all star all
    with soul real live passion fruit
    the voice of the heart

    liquid fixation
    which sounds from incantation
    clacks my bell ringing

    gal jags rock n roll
    quick hit lightning, atria
    Vibe…Holy Open

    • i like this better for my second one

      vocal fixation
      which sounds from incantation
      clacks my bell ringing

  9. past the glassy screen
    her voice burning dark and raw
    rain glitters outside

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