At the end of the 1960s, Patti Smith moves to New York where she meets Robert Mapplethorpe with whom she begins a romantic relationship and contributes to one of contemporary culture's most fantasized creative alliance. Living in various squats, they finally settle at the Chelsea Hotel and Patti Smith writes Beat poetry while she earns money with the publishing of several rock critics for reputed musical magazines. When she participates to the Poetry Project – a public lecture of her works accompanied by a guitar - in the beginning of the 1970s, she earns recognition and soon creates the Patti Smith Group that releases its first album, Horses, in 1975. Influenced by her poetry and the punk wave, she gives birth to a more mainstream sound accessible to a large audience with such hits as Because the Night. Married to Fred Smith, she becomes a mother and sets her career aside for many years before releasing new albums in the middle of the 1990s and remaining an iconic poetic and androgynous figure of the punk movement.