M Train

Patti Smith

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From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids a \”sublime collection of true stories … and wild imaginings that take us to the very heart of who Patti Smith is\” (Vanity Fair), told through the caf s and haunts she has worked in around the world. Patti Smith calls this bestselling work \”a roadmap to my life.\”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf 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

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ISBN – 9781408867709
Publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 25/08/2016
Dimensions – 199mm X 129mm
Categories – Music

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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).

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Just Kids

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