Lenny Kaye

United States, 1946

Lenny Kaye is a guitarist, composer and writer. As a young musician, he toured and played with various bands and worked as a journalist for American music publications. He met Patti Smith in the record store in New York where he worked; they started playing together in 1971 and their artistic efforts would bear fruit as one of rock’s most long-lived and influential bands. Kaye was involved in making eleven albums with The Patti Smith Group, from the iconic Horses in 1975 to Banga in 2012. In addition, he collaborated with many other prominent artists such as Suzanne Vega, R.E.M., Allen Ginsberg and Pussy Riot. He is currently working on a book, Lightning Striking, on the history of rock and roll. In 2011, Kaye was knighted as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.