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Patti Smith

Biography

Patti Smith

Patti Smith is the author of JUST KIDS, which won the National Book Award in 2010, and M TRAIN, as well as numerous collections of poetry and essays. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres; she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Patti Smith

Books by Patti Smith

by Patti Smith - Memoir, Nonfiction

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 with no design, yet heeding signs --- including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief and inescapable sorrow. For Smith --- inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing --- the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.

by Patti Smith - Memoir, Nonfiction

M TRAIN begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Patti 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. 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.

by Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon, Scott Freiman, and Patti Smith - Music

ALL THE SONGS delves deep into the history and origins of the Beatles and their music.

by Patti Smith - Autobiography, Music, Nonfiction

In JUST KIDS, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late '60s and '70s.