Women in music + cats
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
Patti Smith working the eyeliner game, by Judy Linn
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
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 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 allllll the strings, 1980, by Lex Van Rossen
Patti Smith, 1977, by Lynn Goldsmith
Patti Smith, New York City 1976, by Bob Gruen.