Dancing Barefoot

Dancing Barefoot

The Patti Smith Story

eBook - 2011
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Offering a unique analysis and discussion of her life, career, and work, this is the true story of Patti Smith. Widely acknowledged as one of the most significant American artists of the rock age, an acclaimed poet, and a figurehead for many liberal political causes, Patti Smith went from an ugly-duckling childhood in postwar New Jersey to become queen of the 1970s New York art scene. Not a tell-all biography, this measured, accurate, and enthusiastic account of Smith's career is written for her loyal fans as well as for neophytes hungry for a great rock 'n' roll story. Guided by interviews with those who have known her—including Ivan Kral, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, John Cale, and Jim Carroll—it relies most of all on Patti's own words.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, ©2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 294 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations

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pattyskypants
Nov 14, 2011

This is well-written and well-researched and miraculously doesn't rely heavily on gossipy tidbits gleaned from R&R pubs. Thompson uses snippets of interviews that provide insightful dollops of the artist. Most interesting to me is the very easy transition from all that she was in the past to all that she is in the present and why worry about the future. I became very relaxed while reading this, probably because Patti's life is very inspiring to me.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 28, 2011

Patti Smith is a really interesting subject and this book is well-written, but her own book, Just Kids, while possibly slanted (as most autobiographies tend to be) is so charmingly written and so interesting it over-shadows this bio. Other than that, this is a look at a talented, complicated woman.

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