Patti Smith on KCRW’s Bookworm 3/4 and 3/11

I read Smith’s Just Kids in about 24 hours. The book is a portrait of a really brave woman who went to New York City with a few dollars in her pocket to pursue art. It’s also a testament to friendship and love; I don’t think she and Robert Mapplethorpe would’ve made it through all they did without each other. I was excited to receive this email from KCRW today:

Patti Smith sat down with KCRW’s Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt for a revealing interview that will be aired in two parts on March 4 and 11. While Smith shared quite a bit in her recently released biography “Just Kids,” she opened up to Michael about some little known facts – including her admiration for the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov and his novel, The Master and Margarita, the source for the opening line of the Rolling Stones’ track “Sympathy for the Devil” (“Please allow me to introduce myself”…) – just one of the many ways rock ‘n’ roll and literature intersect.

“As I awaited Patti’s arrival, I got very nervous,” said Silverblatt. “My job is to get someone to give an interview they haven’t given someone else and I wasn’t sure she would open up to me. But, as it ends up, she immediately mentioned The Master and Margarita, which is one of my favorite books, and we became fast friends. She shared a lot of intimate details about both her personal life and her creative process.”

Smith also commented on the current state of art, telling Michael that she feels genius always resurrects itself and that she’s confident we will always have art.

Part 1 – Airing March 4

Poverty and insanity are terrible things—but then there is bohemian poverty and insanity, and these are infused with the romance of becoming an artist. In the first of this two-part interview, Patti Smith speaks of her youth in New York , when she and Robert Mapplethorpe sought to manifest their artistic ambitions.

Part 2 – Airing March 11

In the second of this two-part interview we hear about Patti Smith as a bookworm. You probably know about her love for Rimbaud, but did you know she worships the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov and his great novel, The Master and Margarita? A voracious reader, Smith has written three unpublished novels and has created hundreds of visual pieces. She speaks of her unbounded appetite for creativity.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on March 3, 2010.

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