I loved this book. I don’t have much to say about it except that I enjoyed reading about that era of so much creativity (and chaos) in NYC. It’s clear that Patti Smith is a poet and songwriter. She tends to dramatize events and is good at making everything seem sentimental and pretty among the grit. I felt a lot of it was a bit too much for me, though, slightly exaggerated and full of “deep” analogies, which aren’t really my thing. But the story and the people were great. Smith downplayed her famous-ness, which was nice but also a little frustrating. But Patti and Robert’s relationship is fascinating and this was a heartfelt tribute worth checking out if you’re into music and arts culture. Bonus: Patti lived in Detroit in the 1980s and her kids were born here. Triple bonus: Patti’s husband was in Detroit band MC5 and their son is married to Meg White.
No. 17 of 50 books in 2011.