Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith & Judy Linn

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Produced by The Kitchen Sisters with Thalia Gigerenzer and Nathan Dalton, Mixed by Jim McKee

Judy Linn and Patti Smith met through their boyfriends, Peter Barnosky and Robert Mapplethorp in the Summer of 1968 in New York City. The two became friend spending their afternoons drawing together. Then Judy began photographing Patti.

“ It was simple,” Judy Linn said in her book,  Patti Smith 1969-1976.  “Patti liked being photographed…. Patti and I were friends the way children are friends. With Chirpy little voices, we daydreamed a future. I found a cassette Patti and I made in ’69. We were making a long-since lost 8mm movie in my tenement apartment in Brooklyn.”

Judy shared this long forgotten cassette with us and told us stories about her friendship with Patti and the remarkably candid photographs the two created together.

“I was eager to be Judy’s model and to have the opportunity to work with a true artist,” wrote Patti Smith in the afterword of Linn’s book. “I felt protected in the atmosphere we created together. We had an inner narrative, producing our own unspoken film, with or without a camera.”

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