This was a sad book. I had expected a Rock & Roll memoir from the queen of 1970s New York alt rock scene. I had read the book description, but still. This was the story of Patti’s life with Robert Mapplethorpe as they grew up together, young Bohemians, in New York. While they cross paths with many of the icons of the day, Patti’s music career is a footnote. I have a new appreciation for Mapplethorpe. Art can be disagreeable to me and yet I can understand the artist and appreciate the creativity. Patti’s portrait of him is so tender and her love for him so sincere, it’s hard not to feel for both of them as they struggled to eat as friends and neighbors in the Hotel Chelsea committed suicide, overdosed and succumbed to disease. It’s easy to imagine rock stars and artists crafting personas. Patti and Robert were the real deal and their story very moving. I’d like to mark the topic as music, but this was the memoir of artists one of whose medium happened to be music in popular culture.
Much too much repetition of information and there is NO "L" in the word DRAW or DRAWING!!! Had to stop about halfway through. Maybe a different narrator could present Patti's story in a more pleasing-to-the-ear manner,
Incredibly touching, wonderfully written, beautiful imagery. I loved this book. I had a little bit of a hard time for the first few sentences to get used to the poetic language. But once you listen to Patti's voice and see what she saw... It is a beautiful book, and I really want to share the audio version with others. I could not have loved this book as much without this narration.
Patti Smith sheds a non-judgemental light on an era of New York City when the art and music scenes seemed to be exploding. She crosses the paths of many luminaries (Harry Smith, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol) while slowly finding her own way and becoming the admired singer, poet and artist many adore. This book is very humble, it is not about name-dropping, she is not trying to make her or her friends seem like rock/art royalty. This book is the tale of her often beautiful and enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe and their respective urges to create.
had to open my mind a lot to the story line. I spent a lot of time looking up people. Made me realize how many songs out there are covers
I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I heard about it but I'm so glad I bought the audio book instead. Patti Smith reads her story with such grace and elegance you feel like she's reading a novel.
This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. I listen to a lot...I want to purchase the actual book, and reread some of the passages and peruse the photos.
Patti Smith's vulnerability, intelligence and honesty make everything she writes about fascinating, tangible and tantalizing. She is the sort of person with whom you would love to have a coffee, see a film, sleep in the park. She is a treasure and a joy.
Her poignant honesty.
Just kids...just real...just stranger than fiction.
This is an amazing story...so real and so true.
I was so touched and moved by Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe's love story. There is something so special and poetic about her writing. The fact that she narrated it, just makes it that more special.
She talks like she writes. Age has given her a deepening, though her wildness still shines through.