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Her music reflects inexhaustible strength. So does her language. Being a delicate child, she reads all she can get in her early years. Well read and pregnant at the age of seventeen, she has to move to another house. This evasion is due to bigoted neighbours' hypocritic little town chit-chat. All these adversities make her even stronger. She finally quits her hometown at an early age and takes the bus bound to New York where she meets the late Robert Mappelthorpe. Robert soon becomes her boyfriend. After spending several months of vagrancy on New York doorsills and in subway stations, they find an affordable apartment. Being both erudite in arts and literature, they start an artist's life.
Smith gets a job at the famous Scribner's Bookstore. Robert paints and takes photographs (Some of these picture as well as a few of Patti`s paintings, are included in this volume). The Stones deploy Patti's love for rock. Smith and Robert don't make enough money to afford meals or to go into the major arts exhibitions. So one of them would go inside and tell the other in turn. After their life in a cheap apartment they live in a cheap hotel amongst heroine junkies. One of them is a ballet dancer whose career is already destroyed by his addiction. I very much like Smith's dense description of a dance in the corridor. I could see both the sad appearance and the dancer's ruined body like a movie in my mind. The junkies recommend Patti and Robert to eventually leave this undeserving place.
The book is easy reading and it's full of subliminal wits, philosophy, and intelligence: Patti Smith is not only a great musician, painter, and poet. She is a great intellectual as well. I have loved her work since around 1975 which is the year of her bewildering Rockpalast appearance on German television. Read this book, it is a summary and a good picture of the sixties and seventies. The text offers the typical rhytmic pattern of Patti's narrative chat-songs such as "Birdland" or "horses". Due to Patti's wide range of skills and interest, the book offers a deep insight into the 70 NY and its in-crowd: The Velvet Underground and Reed, Nico, Warhol's round table at Max's, Todd Rundgren, her first rock-poetry attempts with Lenny Kaye on guitar along with her reading poetry, and so on and so forth. To me, the best is her being so very unpretentious as she hides her own great self behind the protagonists of NY 70s culture. Excuse my poor English.
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Ersteintrag: 09.02.2012 13:05:25 GMT+01:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 09.02.2012 13:05:49 GMT+01:00
Michael Blackburn meint:
Excellent review, thanks. Your English is very good, no need to apologize :)
Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 11.02.2012 09:17:21 GMT+01:00
Christof Sperl meint:
Thank you, Michael Blackburn!
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