- Worked briefly at a toy factory after graduating high school.
- Moved to New York to pursue an artistic career in 1967.
- Costarred with Sam Shepard in his autobiographical play Cowboy Mouth in 1971.
- Wrote as a music journalist for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines in the 1970s.
- Was honored with the title of Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2005.
- Won the 2010 National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids.