Joe Brooks

Patti Smith’s Duet with the Devil
May 27, 2011

I had pleasantly not thought for years about that ghastly song “You Light Up My Life,” until this week, when I heard about the suicide of its writer, Joe Brooks—a hack of genuinely monstrous proportions, who was awaiting trail for charges of drugging and sexually abusing more than a dozen young women lured to his apartment on the pretext of helping to fulfill their young dreams of careers in show business. I will admit to being disappointed by the news of his death; I would have preferred for Brooks to have been tried and, if convicted, sentenced.