Patti Smith, record shopping in NYC, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in hand. Photo by Danny Clinch
“I was shooting Patti shopping in a New York City record store. She grabbed Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and said, ‘I have to buy it. I can’t stand to see it in a bin, not being played.’ She had six copies, and bought that one, too.”
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, New Year’s Eve 1976/January 1, 1977, CBGB NYC, by Allan Tannenbaum.
“I don’t feel any gender restriction. When I’m performing, it’s a very – for me – transcendent experience. I can’t say I feel like a male or female. Or both. What I feel is not in the human vocabulary.” ~ Patti Smith [x]
Patti Smith performing in a neck brace. Now THAT’s punk! (Another amazing Donna Santisi photo)
What do these three images have in common? They’re the three most recent posts I’ve had mistakenly flagged as sensitive!
This is a reminder to stay calm, hit that appeal button, and keep moving. The alogorithm is still a baby. It doesn’t do you or a baby any good to yell at it when it messes up. Keep teaching it right from wrong, and a few hundred diapers full of shit later, this should all even itself out.
(And for the record, in the middle we have Iggy Pop covered in glitter in New York, 1971, by Lisa Gottlieb, and The Glimmer Twins matching turtleneck porn by Dezo Hoffman; original posts with credits, sources, etc. here and here.)
I was looking for more information on this shoot, and why Patti might have been so much more glam’d up than usual. I think we may be able to thank the other folks there that day in 1969, Jackie Curtis and Penny Arcade.
You can see the progression from the first one below (source, a terrific interview with Penny), to the second (source), and finally, the one at the top.