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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Patti Smith & The Fellow With The Cowboy Mouth
Last week I attended three events at which Patti Smith read from her beautiful book Just Kids, which you will BUY RIGHT NOW and never want to stop reading. Of all the stories she told, my favorite's about this babe named Slim Shadow, who played drums in the Holy Modal Rounders: Patti first meets him backstage at one of his shows in 1970, asks to interview him for Crawdaddy, and then he keeps showing up at her door to take her out for late-night strolls around New York City. One day, when Patti's just been told she's anemic and needs to eat some red meat, she goes out and steals a couple of steaks from Gristede's, runs into Slim on the street, walks around with him a while before admitting she's got two raw steaks in her pocket. They go back to her room and fry the meat on a hot plate, and a few days later he takes her out for lobster at Max's Kansas City, where Patti worries that "this handsome hillbilly might not have the money to pay the check." The punchline's when Patti wraps up a lobster claw in a napkin to bring to Jackie Curtis in the bathroom, and it's revealed that Slim Shadow is really Sam Shepard, the hot-shot playwright/actor/Obie-winner. Patti goes back to the table and Slim owns up to his true identity, then gets her a vanilla sundae with chocolate sauce. The best part's when he says "Eat your ice cream, Patti Lee." He "drawls like W.C. Fields"; he's "the fellow with the cowboy mouth."
Of course, Patti tells it a trillion times better. And she and Sam/Slim look lots sweeter in this shot than the one above, but I'm such a sucker for some Buddy Holly graffiti. But all that matter is you need to BUY THIS BOOK, and then tell me what's your favorite part. Cool?
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