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A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists–Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe – whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art. In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years–the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near.
More books by Patti Smith
1. A Book of Days
A deeply moving and brilliantly idiosyncratic visual book of days by the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids and M Train, featuring more than 365 images and reflections that chart Smith’s singular aesthetic—inspired by her wildly popular Instagram. In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with her beloved Land camera 250, Smith started posting images from her phone including portraits of her kids, her radiator, her boots, and her Abyssinian cat, Cairo. Followers felt an immediate affinity with these miniature windows into Smith’s world, photographs of her daily coffee, the books she’s reading, the graves of beloved heroes—William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Simone Weil, Albert Camus. Over time, a coherent story of a life devoted to art took shape, and more than a million followers responded to Smith’s unique aesthetic in images that chart her passions, devotions, obsessions, and whims. Original to this book are vintage photographs: anniversary pearls, a mother’s keychain, and a husband’s Mosrite guitar. Here, too, are never-before-seen photos of life on and off the road, train stations, obscure cafés, a notebook always nearby. In wide-ranging yet intimate daily notations, Smith shares dispatches from her travels around the world. With over 365 photographs taking you through a single year, A Book of Days is a new way to experience the expansive mind of the visionary poet, writer, and performer. Hopeful, elegiac, playful—and complete with an introduction by Smith that explores her documentary process—A Book of Days is a timeless offering for deeply uncertain times, an inspirational map of an artist’s life.
2. More Than Friends
||by: Patti Smith, Lois Sellers, Donna Stackhouse, Alaina Snipper, Heidi Johnson, S, y Jaquay-Wilson, Debbie Edson, Linda Ladd, Carol Carson, Elaine Turrentine, Joyce Yaeger-Rubinstein, Ronnie Tropper Coates, Robin Paris, Bernadette O’Brien, Betty Hottel
Release date: May 20, 2020
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This is a story about 14 women, from all parts of the country, who found themselves living incommunity with up to 300 others in the 1970’s. Ahead of their time in some respects–passive solar houses, organichome-grown food, bulk organic rice and grains, but in some other respects, these women found that themale-dominated culture of the country was repeated even in the counter culture of the times. As they left, each went on to accomplish much–PhDs, Masters, RNs , business owners. Years later something drew them back together–something they had experienced during that time that had not happened in another part of their lives. This is that story.
3. Year Of The Monkey
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. 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. In a stranger’s words, “Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” 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. Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. 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. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.
“In lyric essays, a story, poems, and photographs, Smith illuminates the whirl of chance and choice that stokes a writer’s imagination, recounting her fascination on the eve of a trip to Paris with Simone Weil and an evocative, accidentally discovered film about Stalin’s mass deportation of Estonians. In France, a gravestone, a televised figure-skating competition, a meal, and a garden all converge in what becomes Devotion, [a] … fairy tale about a young, displaced Estonian skater and a solitary dealer in rare objects and arms. This … fable about creativity and obsession, possession and freedom is followed by a meditation on how a work of art is, for other artists, a call to action”–Booklist, 08/01/2017.
5. Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015
6. Patti Smith and José Antonio Suárez Londoño: Hecatomb
This book is the result of a long awaited collaboration between rock icon Patti Smith and the great Colombian draughtsman José Antonio Suárez Londoño. Featuring a poem dedicated by Smith to Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño the text is beautifully complemented with 20 drawings made specifically for the project by Suárez Londoño. This very special and artisanal edition is a must for any admirer of this duo, as well as for any enthusiast of poetry and art in general.
7. Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970–2015
An American original, Patti Smith is a multi-disciplined artist and performer. Her work is rooted in poetry, which infused her 1975 landmark album, Horses. A declaration of existence, Horses was described as ‘three chords merged with the power of the word’; it was graced with the now iconic portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe, the subject of her award-winning memoir Just Kids. Initially published in 1998, Patti Smith’s Complete Lyrics was a testimony to her uncompromising poetic power. Now, on the fortieth anniversary of the release of Smith’s groundbreaking album, Collected Lyrics has been revised and expanded with more than thirty-five additional songs, including her first, ‘Work Song’, written for Janis Joplin in 1970, and her most current, ‘Writer’s Song’, to be recorded in 2015. The collection is liberally illustrated with original manuscripts of lyrics from Smith’s extensive archive. Patti Smith’s work continues to retain its relevance, whether controversial, political, romantic or spiritual. Collected Lyrics offers forty-five years of song, an enduring commemoration of Smith’s unique contribution to the canon of rock and roll.
8. M Train
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 cafés 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 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
9. The Beavers of Popple’s Pond
Tucked away in a remote stream valley in Vermont, a dynasty of beavers has nearly completed the restoration of the meadows and ponds that adorned this stream in the days before the beavers of a continent were turned into top hats. 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.
10. Downtown Ann Arbor
In 1824, John Allen and Elisha Rumsey established the first homestead in what is now downtown Ann Arbor. The story goes that the community got its name when the two founders’ wives, both named Ann, were seen lounging in a grove of trees. In reality, Ann Allen and Mary Ann Rumsey were never in town at the same time, but how it actually was named is unimportant when considering what Ann Arbor grew into. Early settlers gave the town schools, an expansive courthouse, a beautiful post office, and streetcar lines that spanned downtown. They built this town, and their legacy is present in every walk up Huron Street, drive down to William and Main Streets, or bike ride over to Kerrytown.
In this small, luminous memoir, the National Book Award-winner Patti Smith revisits the most sacred experiences of her early years, with truths so vivid they border on the surreal. The author entwines her childhood self – and its ‘clear, unspeakable joy’ – with memories both real and envisioned from her twenties on New York’s MacDougal Street, the street of cafés. Woolgathering was completed in Michigan, on Patti Smith’s 45th birthday and originally published in a slim volume from Raymond Foye’s Hanuman Books. Twenty years later, Bloomsbury is proud to present it in a much augmented edition, featuring writing that was omitted from the book’s first printing, along with new photographs and illustrations.
13. The Fruit of Her Womb
Molly Sullivan, Australiaâ€™s National Security Chief, is looking forward to some time off to spend with her daughter, Maggie, an overseas investigative journalist whoâ€™s coming home for the holidays. When Maggie disappears from Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Australian Prime Minister – Maggieâ€™s godfather – believes itâ€™s the result of a recent national edict against terrorism, but Mollyâ€™s not so sure.
14. Auguries of Innocence
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.
17. The Truth about the Daycare System
Like an athlete I am on a quest, a mountain to be climbed. Through my daycare career and the ups and downs of those times I have decided to write a book on my experiences. A book that I’d hope would reach the hands and the eyes of ALL parents with young children. It is my hope and dream to expose the REAL DAYCARE SYSTEM and enlighten and educate parents in a way that only an insider can do. The emotional future of our children is at stake. There is a passion inside of me to do this. I feel I know my purpose. Please pray for me that my words and my experiences may change a life hopefully more than one. This is real!!! AS real as that athlete who had no athletic ability but persisted and got the medal. You who know me, Know that I am passionate, I am deep, and I am wordy. Please pray that those strengths in me guide me to my Olympics of sorts. The race to the truth and the climb to a better childcare system.
18. American Music
Annie Leibovitz’s extraordinary career took off in San Francisco in 1970 when she first submitted a portfolio to Rolling Stone magazine. By 1973 she was the magazine’s chief photographer. Since 1983 Annie Leibovitz has worked closely with Vanity Fair, who will be producing a special music issue to coincide with the book. Her subjects include Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry and even Philip Glass. She has created a body of new work for the book, covering the landscape of American music – the juke joints of the Delta, Graceland, B. B. King at his hometown of Indianola in Mississippi and the Carter family in Virginia. The book is a tribute to a great culture in its widest form by the photographer who has understood more than anybody the power of the iconic image.
19. Strange Messenger
Artwork by Patti Smith. Edited by John Smith. Text by David Greenberg.
20. Patti Smith Complete
The story of musician Patti Smith’s career. From her albums Horses to Peace and Noise, it charts the lyrical journey of a poe t a nd musician whose words have influenced a generation. There are nearly 150 photographs and Patti Smith includes her own artwork and mementoes from her journals.
21. The St. Louis Arena
St. Louis Arena Memories is the history of the St. Louis Arena. Originally built by 1929 to host the National Dairy Show, the Arena became the major exhibition building in the St. Louis, Missouri area. The story of the Arena is told in chronological order and is supplemented with pictures from conception to implosion. The book also contains remembrances from people who lived near the building, who worked in the building, who owned the building, who performed in the building and most of all from people who were entertained in the building. The book is the history of the building and a part of the social history of the City of St. Louis, Missouri from 1929 to 1999.
22. The Coral Sea
Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe accompany a series of poems that describes the experiences of a dying man on a journey to see the Southern Cross
23. Early Work, 1970-1979
The poet, songwriter, and performer evokes the experimentation and longing of the pre-punk days in a collection of poems and prose culled from her previously published works, Seventh Heaven, Ha! Ha! Houdini! Witt, and Babel.
24. Robert Mapplethorpe neunzehnhundertsechsundachtzig
This book contains Smith’s poems along with her prose and lyrics.
Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2022