(Jim Marshall photo. Amazing story via popspotsnyc)
Bonnie Raitt, New York City 1979, by Lynn Goldsmith
Brian Eno of Roxy Music, New York City, by Leee Black Childers
Patti Smith and Sam Shepard in Sutter’s Bakery, New York City, 1971, by Judy Linn.
So Sam just looks out on the river.
the badlands keep pulsing through his anatomy
the kind of bad that’s open and innocent:
the passion of a forest fire
the beauty of a poisonous flower, scorpion, snake.
Flames: the shot of silver:
James Dean’s death car…the silver Porsche
the stiletto…the pushbutton blade
the sliver of moon carved on his fist
mad dog dawn foaming at the mouth
heart like a garage
car…speeding like a demon
~Patti Smith, from “Sam Shepard: 9 Random Years (7+2)”, 1971, excerpted in this marvelous essay on her and Sam together that year, “Patti Smith: Star-Maker”, by John Blackburn
Joey Ramone, LAUGHING, by Bob Gruen
Laura Nyro, New York City. I just knew that, in life, music was the language that I wanted to speak. I was very drawn to the arts because I perceived something divine happening there.
I think that in music there’s a oneness, there’s a sweetness. Or there can be. What I call music, anyway, the music I like. I go to it for that oneness and that sweetness. If you look at the world, there’s so much separation. It’s all polarities, wars. But to sense a oneness and a sweetness, I mean, that was it. That was the ultimate. The best thing in life. ~ via performingsongwriter
(This whole interview is gold, btw. If you’ve been wondering why people keep talking about her, this is a great place to start.)
Chuck Berry, NYC 1971, by Bob Gruen
Bob Dylan, 1966, by Jerry Schatzberg for the cover of Blonde on Blonde: 375 West Street at Morton Street, Greenwich Village, New York. Eventually used for the cover of The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12