Patti Smith has made an appearance on the hit podcast WTF with Marc Maron which coincides with the paperback release of her 2019 book The Year of the Monkey and the release of the third album in her Perfect Vision trilogy.
The interview also marked Smith’s first-ever Zoom call and the podcast also touched upon other first times such as when she first arrived in New York in the 1960s, the era of New York and what it was like living at the infamous Chelsea Hotel. Smith also discusses her “cowboy writer” Sam Shepard, as well as reminiscing about the occasion that Allen Ginsberg tried to pick her up because he thought she was “a very pretty boy.”
“At any given moment, Janis Joplin, the Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix – all these people would walk in and the only thing that separated us was that they had bigger rooms or more money to spend at the bar,” she said during the appearance.
Shephard was an important figure in Smith’s life and she is very open about the grief she still carries with her since his death in 2017. Director Shepard, who was also a prolific actor, playwright, author and screenwriter, passed away in 2017 at his home in Kentucky after complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The filmmaker, who was 73-years-old, was widely celebrated for his projects such as The Right Stuff, Paris, Texas and more.
Last month, Smith and Soundwalk Collective released the third and final album in their Perfect Vision trilogy which is titled Peradam. It follows last year’s Peyote Dance and Mummer Love and features appearances from the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anoushka Shankar, and Tenzin Choegyal. The record is all about René Daumal, the French metaphysical novelist whose most famous work, Mount Analogue: A Novel Of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures In Mountain Climbing, compares the meaning of life to an alpine ascent.
Check out Smith’s appearance on WTF with Marc Maron, below.