What is it about Rimbaud that strikes a chord with so many in the world of rock ‘n’ roll? Is it his reputation as a libertine? A scruffy rebel? The archetypal “L’Enfant terrible”? Perhaps no performer in rock music has been more influenced by Rimbaud than Patti Smith
Watch poet Patti Smith in the 1972 documentary film, West Side Stories with actor Jonathan Miller. The film focuses on their individual New York City experiences and personal histories.
The event was called “A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan,” and it kicked off what is to be the three-week long Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. The festival, which is one of the oldest and totally free summer fests in the country (yes, I saw Patti Smith for absolutely FREE), boasts a loaded lineup that focuses heavily on influential women artists belonging to various mediums such as music, dance, and spoken word.
Patti Smith recalls her days living at the legendary Chelsea Hotel. Highlights include living under the same roof as Janis Joplin and running into William S. Burroughs at the bar across the street. Patti may not have had much money in her younger years, but she lived a very culturally rich lifestyle.
Debbie Harry in an apartment on 17th and Sixth,New York City. Photo by Chris Stein Debbie Harry in loft...
Amazing video from 1970 of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe’s book cluttered room in the Chelsea Hotel. This...