I love Patti Smith. I love her music, I love her poetry. I love her first book Just Kids and I still remember how much I cried at the last page. Because the night belongs to lovers… Just Kids is based around a love story and then a life-time tender friendship of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, a famous artist and photographer that died because of AIDS in 1989. In her first book Patti is telling us about their early years in music and art, poor but happy life in New York, first success and bohemian times at the legendary Chelsea Hotel.
M Train is revealing another chapter of Patti Smith’s life. Of course, I can’t provide any kind of review as I haven’t read the book yet. But somehow I feel that Amazon does it perfectly (it’s not a commercial guys, you can buy it wherever or don‘t buy at all):
“From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “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, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.
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.”
I love the cover of M Train as well. It shows Patti in her favorite Greenwich Village Ino Cafe & Wine Bar at the last day before it closed.