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Patti Smith – Remarkable 7 Page Handwritten Fan Club Q&A (1977)

Seven pages of Patti Smith’s handwritten responses to questions posed to her by her fan club, and eventually published in The Patti Smith Fan Club Journal in early 1977, a few months after the release of her second album, Radio Ethiopia.  Her fan club, also called Radio Ethiopia, was run by her mother, Beverly Smith.

Included are two neatly typed pages with the 62 questions asked of Smith.  Her handwritten answers fill seven pages of letterhead from her record label, Arista Records.  Also included is a page of Radio Ethiopia fan club stationery with clarifications to of Smith’s answers in an unknown hand (possibly Beverly Smith), a single page ‘program’ from a series of Patti Smith Group concerts in Europe in October 1976, and a small original snapshot of Smith in performance.

Smith’s responses provide a fascinating look into her life during the early stages of her recording career.  The questions include:

Why don’t you draw the cover to your next album?
How did you get Hendrix’s guitar?
Who is Wayne Kramer?
What one thing that you dob’t have now would you most like to have?
What is your past/present relationship with Tom Verlaine?
What do you wear to sleep in, and what is your favorite position?
How much of your live presentation is spontaneous as opposed to rehearsed?
Who is Edie Sedgwick and did you ever have an “affair” with her?
Do you depend heavily on drugs for creativity?
Why do you think so many critics are against you?
Why do you think Rimbaud eve up writing?
Have you read any books lately that you were particularly impressed by?
Is there a Gloria in your life or has there ever been?
What albums do you listen to most often?
Do you ever think of suicide?

A full transcript of the published  Q & A can be found here.

A remarkable small archive from the early recording career of this most important artist.  With Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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