April 2, 2012

April Holy Foolish Palm Sunday Interview with Patti Smith

An hour-long interview with Patti Smith, endearing and, dare I say, inspirational.

I liked her music less and less after the first brilliant album; that much said, I worshipped her when I was in my early twenties and went to see her perform every chance I had. She was brilliant live. (And I have one of her guitar picks from the Radio Ethiopia tour.)

At bottom I have always admired her terrifically. She is tremendously endearing in this interview — both genuinely, unaffectedly girlish at 65 and mature and wise.

Watch or listen to this interview even if you do so in bits and pieces or while tending to other things.


  1. Amanda Mae on April 4th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Her book “Just Kids” was one of the worst things I’ve read in ages. I couldn’t believe the people fawning over it. She’s worse than a mom, telling random rambling stories that when they include dialogue is often of the “Then Robert Mapplethorpe said, ‘Patti!’ and oh how we laughed,” sort where you feel like shouting “Get to the point, Ma.” A hazy New York brownstone step above having hung-over brunch at your drunken aunt Gladys’ home where the feet shuffling and “aw-shuck”-sing drive you to drink further, even though your head is already pounding.

  2. Sheila Ryan on April 4th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    This is why I love you, Amanda Mae.