Thursday, Apr. 01, 2010

Patti Smith

Age: 63
Occupation: Musician, writer
Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 0

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer shifted gears and genres this year with a touching memoir about her long-ago love affair with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids. Critics loved it, and it became a best-seller, proving that the godmother of punk is still an icon.