Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters

Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters

Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters

Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters


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From the moment Patti Smith burst onto the scene, chanting "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine," the irreverent opening line to Horses, her 1975 debut album, the punk movement had found its dissident intellectual voice. Yet outside the recording studio—Smith has released eleven studio albums—the punk poet laureate has been perhaps just as revelatory and rhapsodic in interviews, delivering off-the-cuff jeremiads that emboldened a generation of disaffected youth and imparting hard-earned life lessons. With her characteristic blend of bohemian intellectualism, antiauthoritarian poetry, and unflagging optimism, Smith gave them hope in the transcendent power of art. Her interview archive serves as a compelling counternarrative to the albums and books. Initially, interviewing Patti Smith was a censorship liability. Contemptuous of staid rules of decorum, no one knew what she might say, whether they were getting the romantic, swooning for Lorca and Blake, or the firebrand with no respect for an on-air seven-second delay. Patti Smith on Patti Smith is a compendium of profound and reflective moments in the life of one of the most insightful and provocative artists working today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780912777009
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Series: Musicians in Their Own Words
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 670,212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Aidan Levy has written for JazzTimes, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and the Nation. He is the author of Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed. He is based in New York City and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface Patti's Labyrinth xiii

Part I 1972-1979: Gloria in Excelsis Deo

The Poetry of Performance: An Interview with Patti Smith Victor Bockris

August 15, 1972 | Red Room Books 3

Patti Smith: Somewhere, Over the Rimbaud Susin Shapiro

December 1975 | Crawdaddy 23

Patti Smith: Poetry in Motion Robin Katz

December 13, 1975 | Sounds 30

Patti Smith: Her Horses Got Wings, They Can Fly Dave Marsh

January 1976 | Rolling Stone 38

Interview with Patti Smith Mick Gold

May 10, 1976 | Interview Transcript 53

Patti Smith: Misplaced Joan of Arc Michael Gross

August 1976 | Blast 70

Patti Smith: Patti Cracks Noggin, Raps On Regardless Vivien Goldman

February 5, 1977 | Sounds 80

Delicate Delinquent Legs McNeil (transcribed by Sieve Taylor)

February 1977 | Punk 83

ZigZag Articles John Tobler

April and June 1978 | ZigZag 96

It's Hot: A Patti Smith Interview Peggy Thompson

May 12-19, 1978 Georgia Straight (Canada) 108

Guest Deejay Patti Smith Howie Klein

May 14, 1978 | KSAN 113

Patti Smith: Straight, No Chaser Nick Tosches

September 1978 | Creem 123

The Patti Smith Group Andy Schwartz

June 1979 | New York Rocker 129

When Patti Rocked William S. Burroughs

March 1979, published April 1988 | Spin 147

Part II 1988-1996: Dream of Life

Patti Smith Resurfaces Jim Sullivan

August 27, 1988 | Boston Globe 161

Patti Smith: The Power and the Glory, the Resurrection and the Life Gerrie Lim

July 1995 | BigO (Singapore) 167

Patti Smith Thurston Moore

Winter 1996 | Bomb 182

Patti Smith: She Is Risen Holly George-Warren

May 1996 | Option 197

The ATN Q&A: Patti Smith (Parts 1 and 2) Michael Goldberg Jaan Uhelszki

June 1996 | Addicted to Noise 205

The Rebel: Patti Smith Ben Edmonds

August 1996 | MOJO 223

John Cale and Patti Smith: How We Met Lucy O'Brien

August 25, 1996 | Independent 239

Part III 1997-2009: Blakean Years

In These Viral Times: An Exclusive Interview with Patti Smith Laurie Fitzpatrick

November 1997 | A&U 247

The Progressive Interview: Patti Smith John Nichols

December 1997 | Progressive 257

Patti Smith Returns to Ground Zero Fred Mills

January 30, 1998 | Goldmine 269

Patti Smith Talks About Gung Ho Jody Denberg

January 21, 2000 | KGSR 283

Patti Smith on Allen Ginsberg Jerry Aronson

February 15, 2001 | The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 302

Patti Smith Strikes a Strong Note for a Peaceable Kingdom Ed Masley

June 6, 2004 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 307

An Interview with Patti Smith on Auguries of Innocence Lawrence French

November 2005 | KUSF 312

Patti Smith Discusses Twelve on Words and Music Rita Houston

April 11, 2007 | WFUV 329

Exit Interview: Patti Smith Richard Rys

July 22, 2008 | Philadelphia 342

Patti Smith and Steven Sebring on Patti Smith: Dream of Life Anthony Decurtis

December 29, 2009 | POV 345

Part IV 2010-2018: Devotion

Jonathan Lethem and Patti Smith Jonathan Lethem

November 3, 2010 | PEN America 365

Patti Smith: Warrior Poet Paul Zollo

January/February 2011 | American Songwriter 373

Patti Smith Discusses Banga on Words and Music Eric Holland

June 5, 2012 | WFUV 380

Patti Smith: I Will Always Live Like Peter Pan Christian Lund

August 24, 2012 | Louisiana Channel 395

Patti Smith: Making the Past Present Daniel David Baird

March 2013 | Border Crossings (Canada) 414

Patti Smith's Eternal Flame Alan Light

Conducted 2007, published February 12, 2015 | Medium Cuepoint 423

Patti Smith Says M Train Is the Roadmap to Her Life Shaorach Kabango

October 15, 2015 | q, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 430

Patti Smith Looks Back on Life Before She Became the Godmother of Punk Terry Gross

October 23, 2015 | Fresh Air 440

Patti Smith on Devotion Margery Eagan Jim Braude

September 28, 2017 | Boston Public Radio, WBGH 455

Patti Smith on Climate Change and the One Thing Donald Trump Is Afraid Of Kristin Iversen

October 18, 2017 | Nylon (US) 465

All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Patti Smith Scott Timberg

September 29, 201 | LA Review of Books 473

Patti Smith on "Because the Night" at 40: How Her Bruce Springsteen

Collaboration Is "A Whole Life in a Song" Hilary Hughes

June 21, 2018 | Billboard 488

About the Contributors 507

Credits 521

Index 527

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