Smith, Patti. (b. 1946)

Signed Letter with Drawing to Steve Paul

Typed letter signed "Patti Lee [heart drawing]". 1 page, 7 x 9 inches. N.p., n.d.. An intimate and revealing letter to Steve Paul, Smith's former boyfriend, manager of the 'The Scene' club and ownder of Blue Sky Records. In full:

"Thank you for your letter. I will always treasure it. It is a sweet illustration of how you and I have triumphed over the pain we suffered from each other in the past. I guess I re-read that letter about ten times. I know you well enough that you don't give praise lightly. It was better than any review I'll ever get. // Thank you too for your offer. As usual you have the power to make a girl feel like Mr. Ziegfeld just pulled her outta the chorus line closer to the limelight. I am being taken care of in regard to these matters at present. However I take your letter to mean I can come to you when I need a certain kind of magic and guidance that only you are capable of giving. // Meanwhile I'll keep working hard so that someday I'll be worthy of that piano... // excuse my typing. as you may well remember it was never one of my strong points. // p.s. my father and mother love the ricks album. especially our song. so does my sister and so does my fact all of south jersey is pushing for Rick. (Allen like it too) // you know that song '...oh well, they can't take that away from me.' that's how i feel about your belief in me. and the spark that has ALWAYS connected us even when things were bad.... // xxxxlove to you and all thats blue."

An early and very interesting letter from the American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "Godmother of Punk", her work was a fusion of rock and poetry. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. (12580)

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