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About Patti Smith
Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred debut albums of all time by Rolling Stone.
Smith had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, Wītt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence.
In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 1980, she married the musician Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.
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It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamousthe influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.
Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.
M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.
Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.
Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.
Featuring a postscript with five new photos from Patti Smith
A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.
Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession—a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus’s house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.
The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.
“A picaresque voyage through Patti Smith’s dreams and life, blending fiction and reality, conjured characters and actual ones”—The New York Times
Following a run of new year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, in which she debates intellectual grifters and spars with the likes of a postmodern Cheshire Cat. Then, in February 2016, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. For Smith—inveterately curious, always exploring, always writing—this becomes a year of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.
Taking us from California to the Arizona desert, from a Kentucky farm to the hospital room of a valued mentor, Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape in a haunting, poetic blend of fact and fiction. As a stranger tells her, “Anything is possible. After all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world.
Named one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year—now including a new chapter, "Epilogue of an Epilogue," and ten new photos—Year of the Monkey “reminds us that despair and possibility often spring from the same source” (Los Angeles Times).
Through the linked pieces of The Coral Sea, Patti Smith honors her comrade-in-arms Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). She tells the story of a man on an ocean journey to see the Southern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe from a young man to a mature artist; his close relationship with patron and friend, Sam Wagstaff; his years surviving AIDS; and his ascent into death. The Coral Sea is Smith's lyrically compelling recasting of her grief to recapture Mapplethorpe's life in the past and his future in his art. Rich in evocative details, it shows the man beneath the persona.
Auguries of Innocence is the first book of poetry from Patti Smith in more than a decade. It marks a major accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her vision of our world in powerful anthems, ballads, and lyrics. In this intimate and searing collection of poems, Smith joins in that great tradition of troubadours, journeymen, wordsmiths, and artists who respond to the world around them in fresh and original language. Her influences are eclectic and striking: Blake, Rimbaud, Picasso, Arbus, and Johnny Appleseed. Smith is an American original; her poems are oracles for our times.
Depois do cultuado Só garotos, a lendária cantora e escritora Patti Smith volta à sua odisseia pessoal em "Linha M", que ela chama de "um mapa para minha vida". O livro começa no Greenwich Village, o bairro que tanto marcou sua história. Todos os dias a artista vai ao mesmo café e, munida de seu caderno de anotações, registra suas impressões sobre o passado e o presente, a arte e a vida, o amor e a perda.
El nuevo libro de memorias de la autora de Éramos unos niños, ganadora del National Book Award: «El año del Mono es la obra que más se parece a mí».
«En sus muchas páginas, escritas como si de un ángel (y no del infierno) se tratara, destapa todas sus andanzas: las de aquellos días de amor y rosas con espinas y las de ahora, de una mujer de setenta y tres años que no para de dar vueltas por el mundo en busca del todo y la nada. El absoluto.»
Laura Revuelta, ABCultural
Al contemplar mi imagen en la superficie gris mercurio de la tostadora, me fijé en que parecía joven y vieja al mismo tiempo.
Son las dos de la madrugada de la Nochevieja de 2015 cuando Patti Smith llega al Dream Motel, junto a la playa de Santa Cruz, tras dar un concierto en la legendaria sala Fillmore de San Francisco. Acaba de cumplir setenta años. En la primera mañana del año sale a dar un paseo y toma su primera polaroid del rótulo del hotel, con el que mantiene una lúcida conversación, como una Alicia moderna en su particular País de las Maravillas. La charla le inspira unos versos y decide volver a su habitación, desde cuya terraza escucha las olas y piensa en su amigo Sandy Pearlman, el famoso productor musical, que lleva dos días en coma. Él fue quien le sugirió en su juventud que montara una banda de rock. Así comienza un viaje por la Costa Oeste, el desierto de Arizona, Manhattan o Kentucky, pero también por parajes recordados o imaginados, del mundo exterior y del interior, en el que Patti Smith nos permite deambular a su lado como sus acompañantes más íntimos.
Esta edición se cierra con un emocionante epílogo escrito a raíz de los acontecimientos de 2020.
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«[Patti Smith] define su lugar en el mundo en relación a personas queridas que ya no están: [...] testimonios y recuerdos, viajes y sueños de una mujer que pelea por atrapar el momento y detener el paso del tiempo.»
Pablo Gil, El Mundo
«Un libro que cabalga entre lo real y lo irreal, lo soñado y lo vivido. Smith dibuja en El año del mono un recorrido onírico en el que las puertas entre esos mundos se abren y cierran. [...] Lo destila todo en libros [...] deliciosos, que la han convertido en una santona literaria, entre el punk y la poesía.»
Javier Ansorena, ABCultural
«Con su exquisito lenguaje, Smith crea su obra más íntima, que fascina y perturba a la vez, como una Murakami que no se toma a sí misma tan en serio, pero consigue el mismo -y quizás más auténtico- efecto hipnotizante.»
Raquel Bada, Zenda
«Lo que necesitamos para volver a mirar un mundo alterado. [...] Ella sigue caminando, tocando, viviendo, soñando y [...] con este diario, que no es verdadero ni falso, conocemos su cara más etérea.»
Marina Espasa, Diari Ara
«Patti incendiando las noches con poesía rockera.»
Ken Tucker, The New York Times
«Cantante punk, artista plástica, poeta, feminista de primera hora, activista persistente, cierra (de momento) sus memorias [...
No matter the cause, the death of a loved one brings a devastating sense of loss and causes a re-examination of our beliefs and fears.
This two-part work begins with the "in-the-moment" grief journal, as it was written during the retreat.
Part Two provides a workbook for the reader to use as they begin their own grief journey, as well as a collection of some of the author's favourite quotations and poems on the subject of grieving and loss.
Willow, Popple, and their progeny begin the night's work of dam repair, scent marking, tree felling until a soft call alerts them to the arrival of the strange honorary member of their clan, this book's author, Patti Smith.
They scramble ashore and poke eagerly about her feet as she prepares to picnic and to record the events that transpire on the shores of Popple's Pond.
Through the seasons, and through the years, these records-transformed into interwoven vignettes-invite the reader to enter the world of the beavers and the other inhabitants of the wetlands. Meet Terrible Jack the lonely moose, Henri the civilized goose, and the myriad small creatures that populate the night forest.
The author, a native of this landscape, brings a naturalist's eye and a compassionate voice to these stories. After three years with the beavers, readers are invited to accompany the author to other worlds where different characters await.
Keep this book wherever you have a moment for a short adventure- to follow the trail of a bear cub through the moonlight, enter the low-roofed world of the snowshoe hare, or to stand in the midst of a melee of migrating amphibians.
These stories offer respite to those wearied by the barrage of bad news, and a chance to reconnect with the nature that perseveres around us.