Patti Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

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

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More than anything, that's been the thread through my life - the desire to write, the impulse to write. I mean, it's taken me other places, but it was the impulse to write that led me to singing.

No one expected me. Everything awaited me.

Pissing in a river, watching it rise.

Some of us are born rebellious. Like Jean Genet or Arthur Rimbaud, I roam these mean streets like a villain, a vagabond, an outcast, scavenging for the scraps that may perchance plummet off humanity's dirty plates, though often sometimes taking a cab to a restaurant is more convenient.

The moment of creative impulse is what an artist gives you. You look at a Pollock, and it can't give you the tools to do a painting like that yourself, but in doing the work, Pollock shares with you the moment of creative impulse that drove him to do that work.

I knew one day I would stop and he would keep on going, but until then nothing could tear us apart.

I taped sheets of paper to the wall, but I didn?t draw. I slid my guitar under the bed. At night, alone, I just sat and waited.

I wasn't worried, though. I just needed a break and I wasn't going to give up.

I'm not really a nostalgic person.

It's no secret - I love detective fiction. One of the reasons I love being in London is because I like to watch all the shows on TV. I watch them all.

Much has been said about Robert, and more will be added. Young men will adopt his gait. Young girls will wear white dresses and mourn his curls. He will be condemned and adored. His excesses damned or romanticized. In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist. It will not fall away. Man cannot judge it. For art sings of God, and ultimately belongs to him.

No one was waiting for me. But I expect everything.

Please, no matter how we advance in technology please don't abandon the book-there is nothing in our material world more beautiful than a book.

Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings, and after a time, the language took over and I started getting very involved with the handwriting and then the look of the handwriting.

The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication.

Acknowledge all man as fellow creation, but don't follow him.

Bringing good news is imparting hope to one's fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.

From the dead of winter till the renewal of spring, we grappled and prevailed until we found our stride. As we played, the songs took on a life of their own, often reflecting the energy of the people. The atmosphere, our growing confidence, and events that occurred in our immediate terrain? The night, as the saying goes, was a jewel in our crown.

He's so humble, and he is always willing to do whatever you ask him to do.

I don't expect a big crowd. But hopefully if this first meeting is interesting the word will spread.

Actually, the only time I ever tried to cultivate being sexy was when I read Peyton Place. I was about sixteen and I read that this guy's watching this woman walk and he can tell she's a good fuck by the way she walks. It's a whole passage. He's telling Allison McKenzie, I know you're a virgin. And she says, Well, how? And he says, I can tell by the way you walk. And I thought, Uh-oh, everybody knows! I was ashamed to be a virgin, so I tried to cultivate a fucked walk. I tried to figure out what it looked like. I figured I'd watch any hot woman I could. I mean, look at Jeanne Moreau. You watch her walk across the street on the screen and you know she's had at least a hundred men. (Penthouse interview, 1976)

But secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revalation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.

From very early on in my childhood - four, five years old - I felt alien to the human race. I felt very comfortable with thinking I was from another planet, because I felt disconnected - I was very tall and skinny, and I didn't look like anybody else, I didn't even look like any member of my family.

Holding onto the naive belief that travel will open.

I don't fuck much with the past but I fuck plenty with the future.

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