Item #SKB-15628 Handbill entirely designed by Patti Smith announcing a poetry reading by her and Jim Carroll. Patti SMITH, Jim CARROLL.

Handbill entirely designed by Patti Smith announcing a poetry reading by her and Jim Carroll.

NY: Privately published, 1972.

Item #SKB-15628

The reading took place on April 12, 1972 at the St. Marks Church on the Bowery where she gave her very first reading the previous year. Smith and Carroll were the closest of friends, eventually they became a couple, and at one point Carroll lived with Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Their careers ran parallel to each other, they both attended readings and workshops at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and it was Smith who encouraged Carroll to form a rock band which he did to great success. It's unknown if they gave other readings together but we've never seen an announcement for another, let alone one designed by Smith. The handbill reproduces lettering by Smith along with three drawings by her: a caricature of Jim Carroll dunking a basketball, one titled "illisut acts" showing two pigs having intercourse, and another titled "airplanes rabbits dogs" showing one of each. This is the first copy we've encountered, and in our experience it's rarer than the handbill for her first reading. Although not indicated, this handbill came from the archive of Sandy Pearlman, a legendary figure in the music business who founded, produced and managed Blue Oyster Cult, produced an LP by The Clash, and also served as editor of Crawdaddy! magazine. A couple of horizontal creases, and a couple of small, faint sepia patches, very good. A rare, and very early item for both poets.

Price: $1,500.00

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