Many interviews with writers or musicians tend to lean toward faux depth or the cliched. Sometimes this is because the artist himself or herself simply isn’t all that fascinating. And sometimes it’s because the interviewer decides, for whatever reason, to stage the interview instead of truly listening, truly having a conversation.
But this conversation, which is what the best interviews are, between Jeffrey Brown and Patti Smith is two artists at their real, best, talented, intuitive selves. We’re welcomed in by them, not walled off.