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In a Greenwich Village café Patti Smith takes up residence, writing, drinking coffee, ruminating on the world as it is and the world as it was. In homage to the writers she treasures, she travels to the graves of Genet, Rimbaud and Mishima. Itinerant photographer, she documents her travels with exquisite Polaroids of artists' totems: Bolano's chair, Kahlo's crutches, Virginia Woolf's walking stick. Woven throughout are conversations on the writer's craft with an astral cowpoke and memories of a distant life in Michigan with her husband. A meditation on loss, a call to life, M Train is a poetic tour de force.
'Mesmerising ... To read this book is to immerse oneself in the mind of an artist' Guardian
'Achingly beautiful ... a kaleidoscopic ballad about the losses dealt out by time and chance and circumstance' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Patti Smith is a writer, performer and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Smith had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honour given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.