Dancing Barefoot

Dancing Barefoot

The Patti Smith Story

Book - 2011
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Dancing Barefoot is the full and true story of Patti Smith, widely acknowledged as one of the most significant American artists of the rock 'n' roll era, a performer whose audience and appeal reach far beyond the parameters of rock.

An acclaimed poet, a respected artist, and a figurehead for many liberal political causes, Patti Smith soared from an ugly-duckling childhood in postwar New Jersey to become queen of the New York arts scene in the 1970s. This book traces the brilliant trajectory of her career, including the fifteen reclusive years she spent in Detroit in the 1980s and '90s, as well as her triumphant return to New York. But it is primarily the story of a performer growing up in New York City in the early and mid-1970s.

Dancing Barefoot is a measured, accurate, and enthusiastic account of Smith's career. 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. This is Patti's story, told as she might have seen it, had she been on the outside looking in.

Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781569763254
Branch Call Number: BIO SMITH P. Thompson 07/2011
Characteristics: x, 294 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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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.

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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