M Train, Patti Smith (2015)

24728470I’ve come late to being a Patti Smith fan, and while this book does nothing to lower her in my eyes as a broadly talented singular creative force, it doesn’t add much either. I was surprised. Some of the reviews and notices on the book put it up there as possibly the best work of her life alongside “Horses”, alongside _Just Kids_, alongside her poetry, alongside her stage presence.  So.. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Two big positives.. we learn of her deep love and extraordinarily ordinary life away from the lime light, child-rearing with Fred “Sonic” Smith outside Detroit from 1980 till his untimely death in 1994.  The other fun part of the book was, again her attention to ordinary ways of life, finding great black coffee and a peaceful spot to drink it each morning in Greenwich Village  and at Far Rockaway. A beautiful book, maybe I will turn to it again and find more.

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