Category: patti smith

Patti Smith working the eyeliner game, by Judy…

Patti Smith working the eyeliner game, by Judy Linn

Patti Smith rocking her t-shirt for the MC5, w…

Patti Smith rocking her t-shirt for the MC5, whose co-founder, Fred “Sonic” Smith, she’d later marry. LOVE THIS. 

(Note: she kept her name. His just happened to be Smith too. KEEP YOUR NAME.)

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe, on the …

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe, on the balcony of their Hotel Chelsea apartment, 222 W. 23rd St, 1971, by Gerard Malanga.

“We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark.”  ~Patti Smith, Just Kids

twixnmix: Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood being…

twixnmix:

Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood being interviewed by Patti Smith in New York City circa 1971.

Photos by Gary Legon

It was indeed 1971, when she started writing for Creem and Rolling Stone, and what turned out to be a pivotal moment in her life and her development as an artist. From her first interview, with Victor Bockris, the following year: 

“I started interviewing people like Rod Stewart, who I admire, but because of my ego and my faith in my own work I don’t like meeting people on unequal terms, so I figured I’d stop doing that and wait until they discovered me, and we can meet on equal ground.

“I couldn’t wait to meet Rod Stewart, and then, when I met him, I didn’t want to ask him anything. I wanted to tell him stuff. I didn’t want to ask Rod Stewart about his work. I wanted to show him mine. That’s because right now I’m into performing. I’m into extending myself rather than putting other people into me. I’ve spent half to three-quarters of my life sucking from other people, and now I’d like to give some.” ~ from Patti Smith: An Unauthorized Biography

Patti Smith at The Old Boarding House, San F…

Patti Smith at The Old

Boarding House, San Francisco, 1975, by Michael Zagaris. 

‘I met Patti backstage and we hung out and talked as I took photos. Patti was trying on different hats and scarves, finally saying, ‘Do you think we’ve got it?’ I said, ‘We’ve got some nice images so far, but what I think they’re really looking for is a portrait.’ Patti walked into the bathroom and standing next to the toilet she asked, ‘How is this for a portrait?’

Patti Smith in the Netherlands, having busted …

Patti Smith in the Netherlands, having busted allllll the strings, 1980, by Lex Van Rossen

Patti Smith, 1977, by Lynn Goldsmith

Patti Smith, 1977, by Lynn Goldsmith

Patti Smith, New York City 1976, by Bob Gruen.

Patti Smith, New York City 1976, by Bob Gruen.

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Dancing barefoot: Patti Smith, 1975, by Bill King

Ummmm yall? The source for this is a foot fetish wiki??? Hello??????

ok feet

Look, my process is 1) see a picture I like, 2) look for the biggest, clearest source I can, 3) find out everything I can about when and where it was taken, and by whom, plus maybe a germane quote from either photographer or subject, 4) edit it if I think I can improve it, and 5) post with credit for the photographer and source, and note if I’ve changed it substantially from how it was originally posted. Sometimes this takes hours, sometimes days or weeks.

I probably first found a tiny version of this on Pinterest, with no details or photographer credits (typical, and aggravating af, although thanks for setting me on the hunt), and kept looking until I found the best version I could, tracked down the photographer and date, and shared all that with you. 

Citing sources doesn’t imply approval of everything on the site the picture came from, but hey, my thanks to the freaks who are so carefully preserving the artifacts of our shared musical heritage. Preservation? Maybe call it pervs-ervation, but you’re welcome for the awesome picture with proper credits.

Although I tag “barefoot” because there are often unusual circumstances at play in photos with bare feet, nothing more to it than that… my main reaction to seeing all this is a) love to everyone who interacts with my posts, and b) wondering if we should all go upvote Patti’s feet. That score just doesn’t seem right to me.

Patti Smith, by Annie Leibovitz

Patti Smith, by Annie Leibovitz