Didn't know much about Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe going into this and came out with much respect and appreciation for them. Smith is a sensitive and colorful story teller. And having her read the book gives so much to the voice of both her - with her southern accent and Roberts cute way of reading her. Was Engrossing and well written - would definitely recommend it.
This audiobook is an unexpected gem. I had not previously engaged with Patti's work but gave this book a try after a friend recommended it. Patti's rhythm and storytelling took me on a journey to NYC during a culturally rich and significant time.
Not in a million years.
Not in a million years
Choose someone who can modulate their voice and express even a modicum of emotion.
The beginning, the middle and the end.
Get over yourself, Patti Smith. You name-dropped your way into a novel with a story that could have been told in 30 pages.
Oh yeah, it's a love story that also describes the art/poetry/music scene at the time, what's not to like?
Not one in particular, it was a series of threads in life that fit together beautifully
The end of the book made it all hit home
I had this in my library for some time and I was hemming and hawing about reading it and I now have a newfound appreciation for Patti and Robert. I wasn't so much into Patti prior but I loved Robert's work and this book explodes their partnership and Patti's poetry, which is the core of her essence. Wow, Patti, no one could not have written a better account than what you did and your vocal presence is incredible. You are now one of my favorite writer/poet/musicians!!!
Took me back.
Patti....loved her evolution as an individual.
All of it.
When they would draw together...so personal.
Over the weeks I keep coming back to moments in this book that were so personal and lovely and about their growing together and apart....also took me back to my early days as an artist.
I love listening to Patti Smiths fascinating life told by Patti herself. Her life was so interesting, like the epitome of an artist and rock and roller's life. love it.
If you are interested in the work or Robert Mapplethorpe, this provides a lot of insight into his work and how it emerged. Likewise for the career of Patti Smith and the unlikely path she took to be a singer.
Guttural, low-key, slow.
No, it's a bit slow in parts, so I was perfectly happy to break it up into pieces. The best parts are the ones in which she talks about Mapplethorpe and her relationship with him.
The prose is purple in parts, and this can come off as a somewhat irritating affectation in parts. But worth it to hear the story of Mapplethorpe and Smith straight from someone who lived it. The emotion in her voice in certain key parts is quite moving.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
I would recommend it to anybody who cares about art, the artistic process or the artistic community in NY in the 1970's.
This is essentially a memoir of Patti's life during a specific time period, but it is so much more than just a historical description of her life. Instead it is story of young girl who needs to be an artist, and her process of discovery in becoming an artist. That alone would be fascinating but it occurs during a very vibrant time in NYC. The descriptions of Argosy Book Store, The Chelsea Hotel and other legendary landmarks read like a travel book. The people that populate her journey make this a snapshot of the era. Fascinating.
Her resiliency, dedication to her calling and single mindedness of purpose make Patti an inspirational character. But this is not a story of fame, or the famous people she meets. She comes across as a humble, truth seeking person who needs to create an understand the world of ideas.
Not sure a movie would need to be made. But I do have suggestion. Go back and listen to those first 3 records she put out in 1970's again. You will hear them with greater depth in terms of poetry and context. I would also suggest listening to her new materiel which shows that her searching is far from over.
A big component of the "punk"movement was that everybody could be a musician or artist, that it is within us and we should not be discouraged by lack of talent. All of us can create and realize a vision of art that is within us. This book captures that concept beautifully. It will inspire you to pursue your own muse not matter what it is. I thought it was the best audible book I have purchased yet. Humble and inspirational.
Patti Smith pulled me into the world she shared and created with Robert Mapplethorpe.
Simply told, the story grew.
By the time she finished, I was trying to control my sobs, pedaling away on the bicycle at the gym, glad for 10 minutes of silence left in my workout to absorb the experience.