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came to New York at the age of nineteen, determined to become someone. And she did -- with a vengeance. Patti's intensely dramatic style, her sensuality, and her outrageous acts set her apart from other performers of the 1970s. She was an astonishingly bold and powerful artist. In Patti Smith,
Victor Bockris, the much-respected biographer of Lou Reed and Keith Richards, and Roberta Bayley present the first full-length biography of one of the most revered female rock artists of all time -- as well as a fascinating portrait of the frenzied New York scene in which she rocketed to fame.
From her roots in New Jersey to her reemergence after the death of her husband in the 1990s, this remarkable biography documents Patti Smith's life within the larger context of the ebullient artistic climate of the 1970s and examines her influence on the generation of women artists who followed. Bockris and Bayley explore Patti's complicated and intriguing relationships with Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard and her friendships with Bob Dylan, John Cale, Lou Reed, and many other avant-garde musicians and artists, placing her at the heart of the New York art scene. But as quickly as she rose to acclaim, she did the unexpected: She dropped out of sight and moved to Detroit to marry and raise a family.
Filled with little-known stories and anecdotes about some of rock's most famous names, Bockris and Bayley's stunning profile of this cultural icon confirms what ingrid Sischy wrote in an article in Interview magazine: "[Smith] gives us something that music and words are supposed to but, in fact, rarely deliver: the power to transport ourselves."
Includes discography (p. 311-315), bibliographical references (p. 316-), and index.
About the Author
Victor Bockris is the internationally acclaimed author of ten nonfiction books, which are all in print around the world. He is the poet laureate of the New York Underground, where he is currently writing a new book about William S. Burroughs and a memoir of working with Andy Warhol.
Table of Contents
Goat Girl: 1946-1964
Piss Factory: 1964-1967
New York City: 1967-1969
The Outrageous Lie: 1969-1971
Seventh Heaven: 1971-1973
Learning to Stand Naked: 1973-1975
The Field Marshal of Rock 1n1 Roll: January-May 1976
Radio Ethiopia: June-December 1976
The Fall: 1977
The End: 1979
Dream of Life/the Outrageous Lie, Part Two: 1980-1988
Dreams of Death: 1989-1994
The Return of Patti Smith: 1995
Gone Again: 1996-1998
Patti Smith1s First Interviewÿ
Patti Smith Bibliographyÿ