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National Bestseller Featuring a new postscript including five new photos from Patti Smith From the National Book Awardwinning author of Just Kids : an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as a roadmap to my life. 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 Kahlos Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New Yorks 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 writers craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smiths 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.

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  • Disponibilité


  • Nombre de pages

    275 Pages

  • Longueur

    20.3 cm

  • Largeur

    13.8 cm

  • Poids

    367 g

  • Distributeur


  • Support principal


Infos supplémentaires : Broché  

Patti Smith

Artiste engagée, Patti Smith est née à Chicago en 1946. Issue d'une famille modeste, elle quitte
le New Jersey pour partir travailler à New York en 1967. Elle y rencontre le photographe Robert
Mapplethorpe et emménage avec lui au Chelsea Hotel. Habituée des clubs punk et rock du
moment parmi lesquels le célèbre CBGB, elle crée le « Patti Smith Group ». Leur premier single,
Hey Joe / Piss Factory paraît en 1974. Suivront les albums Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter -
avec notamment le tube Because the Night (1978), co-écrit avec Bruce Springsteen - et Wave.
Admiratrice des textes d'Arthur Rimbaud et de William Blake, Patti Smith reçoit la médaille de
commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres en 2005 et entre au Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
en 2007. Trois autres albums sont produits : Twelve, The Coral Sea et Outside Society. Son
récit autobiographique, Just Kids (2010), a été récompensé par le National Book Award.