“You can decide your own fate. Are you going to let it all fall apart? Or are you going to own it?”

 

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I just read this great interview with Patti Smith. You should read it.

At Glastonbury last year she fell flat on her arse while she was performing on the main stage. Did she get up and look embarrassed? Did she try to pretend it hadn’t happened? Did she attempt to style it out? Did she fuck. She got up and screamed: “Yeah, I fell on my fucking ass at Glastonbury. But you know why? Because I’m a fucking animal, that’s why.”

“I thought to myself: ‘Well, there’s 100,000 people out there … I felt like a real asshole,’” she laughs. “And then I thought ‘What the fuck? It’s rock’n’roll! And what did I want to do more than anything in that moment?”

She bares her teeth: “I wanted to turn up my amp and just fucking rip the strings off my guitar … because I had so much energy. You can decide your own fate. Are you going to let it all fall apart? Or are you going to own it?”

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About antmelder
Creative Partner at DDB Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

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