"two sensual states of death linked by the constantly spinning present"[from "Patti Answers," The Patti Smith Fan Club Journal #5", October 1977.]
DOES IT TAKE A LOT OF TIME AND THOUGHT TO WRITE LYRICS OR DO THEY COME INTO YOUR HEAD AT RANDOM?
...lyrics rush very fast in the studio or on stage only after months of struggling w/ a certain idea. there are exceptions. free money came very fast, like a miracle, from the eyes of a dog.
DID OR DO YOU EVER EXPERIENCE A HEAVY CASE OF ABYSMAL BLUES?
...yes. but suspecting this abyss is bottomless I have trained myself to suspend or climb out less be lost forever.
WHAT DO YOU EAT? HOW DO YOU STAY SO SKINNY?
...I eat what my body craves. mostly fish, couscous, and mint, w/ a weakness for donuts. skinny? constant movement both physically and mentally.
HOW DID YOU MEET ANDI OSTROWE?
...she sent me a letter which impressed me so I called her.
ARE YOU HAPPY?
...yes, and I struggle to stay so.
IF YOU HAD TO DEFINE YOURSELF IN ONE SENTENCE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF YOU, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
...it's all in her smile.
HOW DO YOU INVEST YOUR MONEY?
WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER THINK OF YOUR ERRATIC BEHAVIOR?
...she doesn't think. she watches over. mothers do not judge they love.
WHEN WILL YOU RECORD "JOLENE"?
... I hope it's bootlegged.
WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU?
DO YOU TRUST PEOPLE (BASICALLY)?
...trust must be earned.
I AM AN ATHEIST AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY LIFE-AFTER-DEATH EXPECTATIONS?
...communication is one's primary station of existence. afterlife is an extension of the past. two sensual states of death linked by the constantly spinning present.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT REDONDO BEACH? IS IT A TRUE STORY?
...lovers lost their thread. one strayed and was swallowed up. one stayed and wallowed in grief.
WHEN THAT PORNOGRAPHY PAPER PUBLISHED PICTURES OF YOU NAKED, WHY WERE YOU SO MAD?
...because the guy who published then is a scumbag.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BAR?
... smith's bar, nyc.
WHAT IS YOUR APARTMENT LIKE? DO YOU PUT A LOT INTO IT (FIX IT UP YOUR OWN WAY) OR JUST USE IT AS A LOADING STATION FOR COMING AND GOING?
... a moroccan hotel w/ a pool table.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?
...I recognize its existence.
IS IT SCARY BEING PATTI SMITH?
...sort of like being Casper the Friendly Ghost.
WHAT WAS THE STORY WITH YOU AND BOBBY NEUWIRTH?
...he believed in my work and taught me a lot of Hank Williams songs.
WILL YOU BE WITH ALLEN FOREVER? WILL YOU HAVE MORE KIDS?
HAVE YOU EVER JOINED A FAN CLUB? WHO?
...patti smith group.
DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF "TEENAGE PERVERSITY AND SHIPS IN THE NIGHT" OR ANY OF YOUR OTHER BOOTLEGS?
...I got teenage perversity. I like that one. I wish there was more radio ethiopia ...more improvisation and magic moments and less songs ...bootlegs should be made of special stuff beyond the studio.
WHAT IS YOUR PHIIDSOPHY ON LIFE?
...sacred movie. god shoots. we act.
IF I GOT YOU DRUNK. THEN COULD I SEE YOUR TATTOO?
...if you cause me to kneel I'll reveal.
WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND MID-FALL FROM THE STAGE IN TAMPA?
WHAT IS YOUR I.Q. ?
...impossible to meter.
WHO WAS "GIBRALTO" WRITTEN FOR? WHO WAS "JUDITH REVISITED (FRAGMENTS)" WRITTEN FOR?
...a boy who no longer exists. Judy Linn.
HAVE YOU EVER MET RIMBAUD ON ANOTHER PLANE?
...we've met and more.
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS SELF-DESTRUCTIVE?
...not while I'm alive.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
...airplay ...energy. and to draw what energy you need from us in order to work hard beyond us.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SUNGLASSES AND BALLET SLIPPERS?
...Wayfarer shades in airports. Capezio slippers.
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE WAY YOUR CAREER IS GOING?
...we are struggling very hard.
DO YOU HAVE ONE SPECIFIC GOAL YOU'D LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR LIFETIME?
...the 23rd psalm w/ electric guitar.
DID YOU EVER THINK OF GETTING AN AFRO?
...I've thought mohawk.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A BRAINIAC-AMOUR?
...sex in the skull.
WHEN IS "BABEL" COMING OUT?
WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM (IN YOUR OPINION)?
...from the belly of a snake.
DID YOU EVER MEET JIM MORRISON? DID YOU KNOW HIM WELL?
...we didn't meet. we collided.
IN WHAT ATMOSPHERE DO YOU FIND YOURSELF MOST CREATIVE?
...crackling. an atmosphere where desire is quite thick, like smoke.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ANITA BRYANT'S CRUSADE?
...I think she needs to get laid.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SMOKING POT?
...I smoke all day long or not at all and never socially.
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL FANTASY OF YOUR OWN? IF SO, WHAT?
...some things cannot be revealed.
ARE DANCING AND SEX YOUR ONLY FORMS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
...I work out at nautilis sports medicine institute to help me acquire strength discipline and grace.
WHEN RECORDING IN A STUDIO, DO YOU MOVE AROUND AS MUCH AS WHEN PERFORMING FOR AN AUDIENCE?
...yes. it's still me, the same animal.
DO YOU THINK GOD LIKES ROCK'N'ROLL?
...the god in us created it.
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