It took me a little bit to settle into Patti's voice but once I did, it captured and engaged me. I loved this story, the love and friendship between Patti and Robert, between their love of art and the journey that defined both their art and their friendship.
I haven't read or seen the print edition, but I have to believe that hearing this tale from Patti herself is hard to beat. Her voice is a critical part of her, and you could feel the emotions in the way she spoke - she lived this story, she knows it. She could mimic Robert's voice and others in their entourage. And the emotion in those final poems - wow. I felt like I had a private audience with Patti.
This is a must. I've told about 5 friends that they have to get the audible version.
Patti Smith is such an interesting and admirable person, independent, intelligent and very much her own person but the memoir turned into a litany of "people who became someone" in the second section and, as such, dated it. Her life would have been so much more interesting as the center rather than appended to others - at least it felt that way - that I wish she had told her non-Robert Mapplethorpe story rather than constantly revolving about his art/obsession/confusion. Hers is a lot more interesting.
Much of this book is wonderful and unusual. The friendship, love affair, whatever it was, between Patti & Robert is strange but lovely. The major part of this book is about their lives as they struggled to live in NYC and become artists. The stories of the NYC art scene in the 70's are interesting. But as they got more into it all, the name dropping became kind of tedious and I found the narrative getting less compelling. Still I would recommend the book to anyone with any interest in that era. Patti Smith tells a good story, with a rather sad ending for many of the people involved.
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,
I was born in 1967, and grew up with the super-famous Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. After this listen, I completely get why so many are in love with Patti Smith. And I totally get what it is to be a true artist. What a well written, beautifully narrated and exciting vision of their lives and what it was like to live in NY in the 70's.
beautiful, inspiring and heartfelt
The personal nature of Patti Smith's narrative and the unabashed truthfulness in which she shared her experiences.
I cannot limit it to one scene, but all of the stories regarding her and Mapplethorpe's collaborations and artistic endeavors.
Absolutely, I cried throughout...
One of the best books I've heard in a long time. Patti Smith's narration is fantastic.
I wanted to like this book. In particular, I was hoping to learn more about the music scene in downtown New York in the early 70s. I was disappointed on both counts. Think of this book instead, as a hagiography of Robert Mapplethorpe. This is a world viewed through rose-colored glasses, one largely sanitized of the gritty reality that surely existed. Full of name dropping and hero worship (if I have to hear of Arthur Rimbaud one more time.....), apparently all was done in the name of art. Unfortunately, this work achieves little either in terms of art or as an honest account of an interesting time.
Nothing here other than the ramblings of a 60s hippie - we have all love and lost - we have all had to find ourselves - as much as I wanted to like it, there was nothing special here. Ultimately the story and Patti's telling of it shut me down.
The beginning of the book wasn't too bad. As the book progressed,the interesting moments were far and few between. After the book, I felt that I did not know Mapplethorpe any more than I had at the beginning. Yes, Patti Smith loved him. Got that. Long and drawn out. I must be in the minority, however, as this book won the National Book Award. That, in itself prompted me to purchase this. Would I recommend this? No.-- I would recommend the new Steve Jobs autobiography though! Now, that was interesting!!