Patti Smith et Robert Mapplethorpe se sont rencontrés en 1967 lorsqu'ils avaient vingt ans, à New York, où ils vécurent ensemble pendant plusieurs années. Leurs carrières respectives de musicienne et de photographe célèbres ne cessant plus, dès lors, de se croiser. A la mort du photographe, en 1989, Patti Smith a livré sa vision de l'homme et de l'artiste dans un texte demeuré longtemps inédit - La Mer de Corail - où l'écriture, en prenant la forme d'un récit allégorique, joue avec des photographies de Robert Mapplethorpe, choisies par Patti Smith elle-même.
Quand ce livre est sorti à New York en mai 1996, William Burroughs a écrit, en citant Tennessee Williams, que « Patti Smith fait résonner dans La Mer de Corail la cloche de la poésie pure ». Le premier livre de Patti Smith sur Robert Mapplethorpe, avant son récent Just Kids, best-seller mondial et National Book Award.
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train , a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs--including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.
An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship, and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in an illustrated memoir that includes a colorful cast of characters, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and William Burroughs.
To honor the fortieth anniversary of her seminal album Horses , a revised and updated version of the iconic artist's collected lyrics. This extraordinary collection from "rock and roll's poet laureate" is a testimony to the fierce passion and uncompromising originality of Patti Smith's music and writing. Building on the collection originally published in 1998, this new edition features more than thirty-five new songs, new artwork, and an introduction from Patti Smith herself. As relevant, fresh, and searing as when they were originally written, Smith's lyrics capture her unique voice, raw in beauty, grace, and authenticity. Sharing a message of dedication, love, and compassion that speaks across the ages, Smith's words empower fans and reveal the strong yet vulnerable heart of woman defined by her art.