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Patti Smith talking about Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith’s recollections of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe are touching, beautiful and sad in this interview filmed during the 2012 literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

Patti on Andy Warhol after the jump…

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Judy Linn: photograph of Patti Smith as Bob Dylan

New Yorker Judy Linn’s photographs of Patti Smith are an indelible part of the collective consciousness of Patti’s fans and admirers. But, the Dylan one is new to me.

A book of around 100 black and white photographs Lynn took between the years of 1969-1977 of Patti, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Shepard, Gerard Malanga, among others, is being published next March by Abrams.
More of Linn’s photographs of Patti after the jump…

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New York’s not all right with Patti Smith, but kids are!

Last weekend in New York, as part of the PEN World Voices Festival, Patti Smith spoke to author Jonathan Lethem (Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude).  You can stream the entire interview here, but Vanishing New York singled out a particularly telling moment.

After Dame Smith touches on everything from sneaker semiotics to her new book on Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids, she offers a rather grim assessment of the city she’s best associated with:

New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling.  But there are other cities.  Detroit.  Poughkeepsie… New York City has been taken away from you… So my advice is: Find a new city.”

Kids of the world take note: Patti knows what’s good for you!  She’s always been on your side!  Witness below the classic clip from TV’s Kids Are People Too.  Oddly enough (nearly as odd, I suppose, as seeing a group of kids engaging in some mutual adoration with Patti Smith) the song she chooses to sing is You Light Up My Life.

(via L Magazine)

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Just Kids: Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe

Reviews for Just Kids, Patti Smith‘s musings on her early days with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe are trickling in, and, happily for this fan, they’re ranging from good to glowing.  Bookforum calls it “occasionally corny and often deeply affecting.”  Janet Maslin of The New York Times compares it, favorably, to Bob Dylan’s impressionistic take on his own budding youth, Chronicles, Volume I

And much like Dylan’s own look back, Patti Smith ends her story on a golden note: fame is looming fast, but the deaths of Mapplethorpe and, later, her husband and musical collaborator, Fred “Sonic” Smith, are still very far away.  A clip of Smith and Mapplethorpe follows below:

See also: Remembrances of the Punk Prose Poetess

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