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A coffee-saturated odyssey into the mind of a legendary artist, M Train is told through the prism of the cafes and haunts Patti Smith has worked in around the world.

National Bestseller
Featuring a new postscript including five new photos from Patti Smith

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.

Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.

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M Train by Patti Smith, Winner of The National Book Award. A book Patti Smith has described as “a road map to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café Patti Smith goes to every morning for black coffee. Where she ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, where she writes prose that shift between dreams and reality, between past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations.

People have the power by patti smithPatti shares her travels to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin, to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that she buys just weeks before Hurricane Sandy hits, and to the graves of Plath, Genet, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout this biography are reflections on her craft and on artistic creation, and memories of her life in Michigan and the loss of her husband. Patti Smith weaves despair, hope, and consolation with her Polaroid photographs. M Train is a meditation on coffee, on travel, detective shows, and literature. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists working today. Hardcover ISBN 9781101875100.

m train by patti smith

Patti Smith is a writer and performer who gained recognition in the 1970’s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released 12 albums, including Horses, which has been named one of the top 100 albums of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. She married musician Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse.

Patti Smith is also a visual artist, having her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Patti Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Patti Smith resides in New York City.

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