Category: lynn goldsmith

I feel better about everything knowing that Pa…

I feel better about everything knowing that Patti Smith and Lynn Goldsmith spent the first day of Hanukkah together in New York, via Lynn’s Instagram

Bebe Buell and Iggy Pop at New York City punk …

Bebe Buell and Iggy Pop at New York City punk mecca Max’s Kansas City, 1973, by Lynn Goldsmith, my edit of a scan from Bebe’s underrated book Rebel Heart. (Note Iggy’s fresh stitches at the collarbone!)

Bob Dylan at Secret Sound Studio for Blood On …

Bob Dylan at Secret Sound Studio for Blood On The Tracks, September 17, 1974, by Lynn Goldsmith, via alldylan

Patti Smith, 1977, by Lynn Goldsmith

Patti Smith, 1977, by Lynn Goldsmith

Patti Smith, in color, in a dress, and in a cr…

Patti Smith, in color, in a dress, and in a crown of flowers, by Lynn Goldsmith, via vintag.es

Tom Petty, 1981, by Lynn Goldsmith, via Lynn’s…

Tom Petty, 1981, by Lynn Goldsmith, via Lynn’s Instagram

Said Tom, “Lynn was always the best rock and roll photographer. You felt she was livin in the same world you were and that was worth a lot when you’re all young and suspicious of authority.”

Patti Smith, 1976, by Lynn Goldsmith.  “I don’…

Patti Smith, 1976, by Lynn Goldsmith. 

“I don’t consider writing a quiet, closet act: I consider it a real physical act. When I’m home writing on a typewriter, I go crazy. I move like a monkey. I’ve wet myself. I’ve come in my pants writing….Instead of shooting smack, I masturbate – fourteen times in a row…I start seeing Aztec mountains…I see weird things. I see temples, underground temples, with the doors opening, sliding door after sliding door, Pharaoh revealed – this bound-up Pharaoh with ropes of gold. That’s how I write a lot of my poetry.”

~ Patti Smith in 1971, from Patti Smith: An Unauthorized Biography, by Victor Bockris and Roberta Bayley 

David Bowie, The Return of the Ginger Duke, 19…

David Bowie, The Return of the Ginger Duke, 1978, by Lynn Goldsmith, via

Lou Reed, 1977,  by Lynn Goldsmith

Lou Reed, 1977,  by Lynn Goldsmith

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Todd Rundgren on NBC’s The Midnight Special, aired December 7, 1973. (By Lynn Goldsmith? I haven’t found a definitive credit for this, but she’d taken others than night.)

OMG. this guitar looks so similar to the one Eric Clapton had in the late 60s. Its beautiful man

It is indeed that very guitar!!! It even has a name, “The Fool”, for the Dutch art collective that painted it. (They did a TON of highly influential psychedelic work in the 60s, including for The Beatles. Details here.) The guitar even has its own Wikipedia page

Here’s what Todd had to say about it in a 2016 Guitar World interview:

I have the feeling that Eric had given that guitar up, because it went through a number of hands before I got it. I think he gave it to George Harrison, and I’d heard that Paul Kossoff from Free owned it, too. I got it from Jackie Lomax, who was signed to Apple. This was when I was up in Woodstock working with the Band.

The guitar was in horrible shape at the time. The paint job was all flaked off because they never put a sealer on it. It didn’t have the original tailpiece, the neck was a mess at one point, the headstock snapped off. I did a lot of work on it. I played it for decades, and I owned it until the mid-Nineties. I owed the IRS a lot of money, so I auctioned it off. But I did get to play it onstage with Ringo—with Jack Bruce, we did “Sunshine of Your Love,” which I thought was appropriate.

I saw him play it in concert in 1982, by the way, and I smiled the whole time. What a magical sound it had! Not that Todd hasn’t made plenty of magical sounds since selling it too of course. 🙂