Category: patti smith

Patti Smith, 1977, by Lynn Goldsmith. Punk even in a flower crown. ESPECIALLY in a flower crown.

my edit of original via Lynn’s rockandrollphotogallery

Patti Smith with Robert Mapplethorpe (looking like he’s on a leash!), 1969, by Norman Seeff, via ecrater

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, 1976, by Claude Gassian. “I was just discovering Patti Smith’s masterpiece album Horses. At that time I was listening to it all day long. So it was a real privilege, and one of my first important sessions, to accompany Patti when she visited Jim Morrison’s grave at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.”

Patti Smith, by Norman Seeff

Iggy Pop by Mick Rock in London, 1972, and Patti Smith in New York, 1976 (my edits of sources here and here)






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, NYC 1976, by Lynn Goldsmith

Patti Smith in her New York City apartment, 1974, by Allan Tannenbaum

Patti Smith’s shiny new Rickenbacker. Photos by Denis O’Regan, 1976, when Patti came to Britain to record an episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test. (She performed “Horses” and “Hey Joe.” Note the OGWT “Starkicker” badge.) These are adorable! She’s clearly in love.