Incredible voice. Lovely story of living without judgement. Being born in 1966 - I enjoyed the new insights to all those things that were interesting to me as a teenager ... Like Woodstock, Bob Dylan, Punk Rock, Mixed Media Art ... And New York City.
Don't hate the media. . .be the media
the most amazing audio book i have ever heard. Patti Smith is amazing and her poetic words cannot be matched.
I mostly read Biography and science fiction series.
First of all what this book is not. It is not a history of punk, it will give only the briefest insights into the amazing Musical career of Patti Smith.
What the book is:
An incredible love story of two starving artists at the dawn of the New York Punk scene. The descriptions of the hotel,bars,bookstores and people remind me of the Beats. If you like Kerouac, Patti Smith's poetic remembrances seem to be channeling the beats.
A special mention should made of Patti's reading style. The read has real emotions at times, it makes the material so much more accessible than if someone else did the read.
It would tell you everything you want to know about punk, but it an indispensable book if you love punk.
I enjoyed the honesty of this book. It was an intimate view into a creative and formative bond between two artists - a difficult relationship to put into words and I can't imagine anyone other than a poet would attempt it. Their lives were the artwork more than any one of their creations. While many of the things they did and the places they went (literally and figuratively) were repulsive to me, the beauty of their bond was resilient.
The star of this book is the creative relationship between Patti and Robert. Individually, they were flawed people on their own paths to become an artist, but together they became a creative force that propelled each other to greatness.
Patti's voice was important in my reception of this book. Another narrator might have been more emotive, but her voice added a layer of intimacy to the media and added to the allure of a personal memoire. For me, hearing Patti tell her story in her own voice was the selling feature of the book.
I did not laugh or cry because of this book, but it made me think about how we can make use of suffering. Patti gave Robert new life through this book and used suffering to inform her creativity - which is a beautiful way to handle loss and grief.
It's lovely hearing her words in her voice. I'm fascinated by that time in NY. a beautiful, unconventional love story. I loved it!
I love memoirs, especially if creative people, and this did not disappoint. I felt the forward was a little slow, but once she got into the main narrative I was hooked. I listened to the whole thing in a weekend.
Any review critical of Patti use of the term drawling doesn't get it. The tone of her reading is authentic. The name dropping which seems to be offensive to some is not that at all. It is the telling of a story of a world with a cast of characters who have since become household names. Mentioning their names is sparse storytelling because these characters are already defined in our popular culture consciousness.
This story confirms my perception of Patti Smith as a rare rock star who can turn a bar into the just-right context for the expression of high art ideals.
What a treat to hear this magical story in Patti Smith's own voice! The closeness that she & Robert shared can only be described as that of soul mates. From the very beginning of their relationship, to the end, Patti let's us into their world of love & art with such openness that I now feel that they are beloved friends of mine. I've just finished listening & I don't want to say good bye just yet.