Patti Smith Interview: Advice to the Young

“‘Build a good name,’ rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. ‘Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work and protect your work.'”

3 thoughts on “Patti Smith Interview: Advice to the Young

  1. “Each year, Patti invokes her mother, who believed that what you do on New Year’s Day somehow foretells what you will be doing the rest of the year. Patti spends one New Year’s on the floor of St. Marks Church listening to a poetry reading that goes on from early afternoon well into the night. “I felt the spirit of my own St. Gregory,” she writes, “and resolved that 1973 would be my year of poetry.” ”

    That’s not me at all, but I think it’s a pretty cool way to enter a new year.

    1. Same. I spend every New Year’s at home with my spouse and in-laws, eating Hoppin’ John (see Wikipedia) and a little drink and in bed by 0130.

      So, not so invested in New Year’s, but I do like the attitude of signs and portents, because in is the stories we tell ourselves the give our lives shape.

      Reminds me that I once dated someone where we had a “tradition” of watching Bergman’s “Seventh Seal” on Valentine’s Day. As a relatively short interlude, it was a good story. But, it doesn’t make a good life story. Or, maybe it does, albeit a sad one, one that, in retrospect, I think it is good I did not live.

      Thanks for the article mention. If I ever move again, I’m going to find a good date, like the birthday of Ammon Hennacy or something.

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