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17 books of Patti Smith

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 infamous—the 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 . . .

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National Best Seller  From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of 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, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; 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 . . .

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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.

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A veces bastan unos calcetines viejos llenos de canicas, un cobertizo negro habitado por murciélagos y una mochila cargada de trastos imposibles para coser un libro pequeño y hermoso, unas memorias hechas de detalles cotidianos que el talento de P...

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In de zomer van 1967, wanneer de hippiecultuur haar hoogtepunt bereikt, ontmoeten Patti Smith en Robert Mapplethorpe elkaar in Brooklyn. Het is het begin van een intense liefdesverhouding en een levenslange vriendschap. Gedreven door ambitie en een passie voor kunst gaan ze op zoek naar erkenning en beroemdheid. Smith breekt door als zangeres en Mapplethorpe wordt een zeer succesvolle fotograaf. Uiteindelijk vinden ze hun weg naar het beroemde Chelsea Hotel, waar de crème de la crème van de artistieke wereld resideert. Patti Smith is auteur, rockzangeres en beeldend kunstenares. In 1975 brak Smith door met haar revolutionaire combinatie van poëzie en rock. Haar eerste album Horses, met op de cover de beroemde foto van Robert Mapplethorpe, behoort tot de top-­100-­albums aller tijden. Ze werkte samen met grote artiesten als Bruce Springsteen, U2 en R.­E.­M.

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“Nel 1991 ho vissuto nei sobborghi di Detroit con mio marito e i miei due figli, in una vecchia casa di pietra posta accanto a un canale che si gettava nel lago Saint Clair. Amavo profondamente la mia famiglia e la nostra casa, e tuttavia quella primavera conobbi una terribile e inesprimibile malinconia. Me ne stavo seduta per ore sotto i salici, persa nei miei pensieri. Fu in questa atmosfera che cominciai a scrivere I tessitori di sogni.
Cominciai a dedicarmici al principio dell’autunno, proprio mentre le pere iniziavano a prender forma. Scrissi a mano su fogli di carta millimetrata, e il 30 dicembre 1991, il giorno del mio quarantacinquesimo compleanno, portai a termine il manoscritto.
Qualcuno mi ha chiesto se definirei I tessitori di sogni una fiaba. Ho sempre adorato questo genere di racconti, ma temo che non possieda i requisiti necessari. Tutto ciò che è contenuto in questo libro è vero, ed è stato descritto esattamente com’era. La sua stesura mi ha scosso dal mio strano . . .

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From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative inventionA 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...

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The national bestseller from the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, exploring the nature of creative invention
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 . . .

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Ein autobiographisches Meisterwerk von Patti Smith, Ikone der Punk-­Bewegung, Dichterin und AusnahmekünstlerinPatti Smith führt uns in das New York der frühen Siebzigerjahre, in eine Ära, die für sie vor allem von der tiefen Freundschaft zu einem Menschen geprägt wird: dem später zu Weltruhm gelangten Fotografen Robert Mapplethorpe. Just Kids erzählt die bewegende Geschichte zweier Seelenverwandter, die für und durch die Kunst leben, und entwirft zugleich ein betörendes Bild einer revolutionären Epoche.­Als Patti Smith und Robert Mapplethorpe sich im Sommer 1967 in New York kennenlernen, sind sie beide 20 und ohne einen Pfennig in der Tasche auf der Suche nach einem freien Leben als Künstler. Eine intensive Liebesgeschichte beginnt, die später in eine tiefe Freundschaft übergeht. Von Brooklyn ziehen sie ins Chelsea Hotel, wo Patti Smith Bekanntschaft macht mit Janis Joplin, Allen Ginsberg, Sam Shepard, Todd Rundgren, Tom Verlaine und vielen anderen Künstlern. Patti Smith taucht ein . . .

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