Patti Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

Patti
Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith
1946

American Writer, Poet, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter and Visual Artist

Author Quotes

Let's just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty.

My parents had three kids right after the Second World War, and we were all sort of sickly. Then I had a fourth sibling, with very serious asthma. The medical bills... So my parents always struggled.

People came at me with all sorts of offers, wanting to make me into a hard-core Cher. I had no desire for any amount of money to be reformed for someone's vision, because in the end, that's what you got: your clay in someone else's hands.

Rock n' roll is dream soup, what's your brand?

The issue of gender was never my biggest concern; my biggest concern was doing good work. When the feminist movement really got going, I wasn't an active part of it because I was more concerned with my own mental pursuits.

I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker. I dreamed of meeting an artist to love and support and work with side by side.

I personally am not interested in people trying to pigeonhole me.

I was getting frustrated with writing; it wasn?t physical enough.

I'm a worker. I do the work to communicate, and I want people to embrace it, and when they do I'm happy.

It was a good day to arrive in New York City. No one expected me. Everything awaited me.

Love is an angel disguised as lust.

My parents were very well read. They were both New Englanders, not highly educated, but they had a sophisticated... they were both very humanistic, and they were sophisticated readers.

People have the power to redeem the work of fools.

Say anything, he said. You can't make a mistake when you improvise.

The law of empathy, by which he could, by his will, transfer himself into an object or a work of art, and thus influence the outer world. He did not feel redeemed by the work he did. He did not seek redemption. He sought to see what others did not, the projection of his imagination.

I immersed myself in books and rock 'n' roll, the adolescent salvation.

I preferred an artist who transformed his time, not mirrored it.[reference to Andy Warhol]

I was never a singer; I can't play any instruments; I had no training. Plus, I was brought up in a time when all the great rock stars were male. I didn't have any template for what I was doing. I did what I did out of frustration and concern.

I'm an intuitive musician. I have no real technical skills. I can only play six chords on the guitar.

It was an answered prayer. The best Easter present I could ask for. When we dropped him off August 21st my prayer was 'God, please bring him back in one piece' and today my prayer was answered.

Maybe I'll be 48 and die in the gutter in Paris.

My style says, 'Look at me, don't look at me.'

People say beware, but I don't care. Their words are just rules and regulations to me.

Since childhood, it was my dream to go where all the poets and artists had been. Rimbaud, Artaud, Brancusi, Camus, Picasso, Bresson, Goddard, Jeanne Moreau, Juliette Greco, everybody - Paris for me was a Mecca.

The light poured through the windows upon his photographs and the poem of us sitting together a last time. Robert dying: creating silence. Myself, destined to live, listening closely to a silence that would take a lifetime to express.

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First Name
Patti
Last Name
Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith
Birth Date
1946
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American Writer, Poet, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter and Visual Artist