Patti Smith, 1976, by Claude Gassian. “I was just discovering Patti Smith’s masterpiece album Horses. At that time I was listening to it all day long. So it was a real privilege, and one of my first important sessions, to accompany Patti when she visited Jim Morrison’s grave at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.”
Josephine Baker was a famous African American dancer, singer, and actress born in 1906 St. Louis, Missouri. Sadly she was not appreciated in the US, so she went to Paris in the 1920s, where her amazing talent, charm, and charisma were such a smashing success that she became a movie star there. Oh, and she had a pet cheetah named Chiquita, who often escaped the stage to terrorize the musicians.
Even more badass - during WWII, she served as a spy to the French military intelligence, collecting info about German troop locations at all the fancy parties she went to. She pinned those notes, written in invisible ink on her sheet music, inside her underwear. How cool is that.
She also contributed to the Civil Rights movement, and refused to perform for segregated audiences during her tours in the US.