Patti Smith In Studio

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Punk-poet Patti Smith has begun work on a new album, with an eye toward an

August or September release, according to Arista Records spokesperson Thomas

Martin. Preliminary recording for the disc -- her third in three years, after a lengthy

sabbatical from music -- began this week. Gil Norton (Foo Fighters,

Pixies) is producing the as-yet-untitled album.