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Patti Smith by Victor Bockris

Patti Smith was a poet, a punk prophet, a feminist icon, a living work of art and the first woman rock-outsider to come from the New York underground and become a star. From her confused and religious upbringing to her early days as a poet, punk and rock 'n' roller, Patti Smith redefined the role of artist, writer and female performer. This major biography will rightly place Patti Smith as a central figure in late twentieth century popular culture. Cited by musicians young and old as a major influence, Patti Smith is as fascinating an individual as she is a great artist. From a religious childhood in South Jersey she escaped to New York swearing she would become famous. Acting as muse first to Richard Mapplethorpe and then Sam Shepherd, Patti began her career as a performance poet and rock writer. She soon became the first punk rockstar mixing her distinct voice and poetry with rock and roll music. Yet in 1979 she gave it all up to live with her husband in quiet, suburban Detroit until he died an alcoholic in 1994. As well as placing Patti Smith at the centre of the New York underground that included, amongst others, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Blondie, Jim Carrol and William Burroughs, Victor Bockris's biography investigates the private world behind the celebrity - the confused childhood, the piss factory, torturous relationship with men, the secretive retreat to Detroit and the slow and historic comeback in 1995 as Patti returns to her rightful place as a central character and icon of 20th century popular culture and the queen of the New York Underground.

Reviews

`By this most esteemed chronicler of the New York underground... Bockris now presents the most definitive work to date on Smith.
Time Out

Bockris is the leading authority on late 60s and 70s New York counter


-culture.
Q



`If you want a good print rockumentary about the poet who gave us Horses, one of the best albums of all time, this is it.
Mojo

About the Author

Victor Bockris is the foremost chronicler of the New York Underground. In 1972, he published Patti Smith's first book of poems Seventh Heaven at Telegraph Books. He is the acclaimed biographer of Muhammad Ali, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, Keith Richards, Lou Reed and is the author of With William Burroughs (1997) and The Life and Death of Andy Warhol (1998).

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2008

Author

Victor Bockris

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Biography: arts & entertainment
Rock & Pop music

ISBN

9780007292851

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