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M Train

Narrated by: Patti Smith
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Bloomsbury presents M Train by Patti Smith, read by Patti Smith.

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, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel 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 Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; 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, 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 artists at work today.

©2015 Patti Smith (P)2015 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"This book is so honest and pure as to count as a true rapture." (Joan Didion)

"Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached." (Johnny Depp) 

"A tender, harrowing, often hilarious portrait of young lovers forging their paths in an eccentric milieu of Beat poets, Warhol socialites, and transvestites, rock stars and artists." (Vogue)

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The intimate life of an extraordinary artist

I have always liked Patti Smith. Untypically for a book of this type she writes not about her achievements in her work but of the intimate aspects of her life. Anyone who has read or listened to her previous book "Just Kids" will know of the love she had for her husband, the late Fred "Sonic" Smith and there are further stories here about their live together. She also writes about things that matter to her in her life such as an ill fitting black coat that was given to her as a gift and stones she has collected from her travels and of her home at Rockaway Beach and nights in London hotel rooms watching ITV3 box sets. I found Patti's voice to be warming and endearing and I loved every minute of listening to this. Patti Smith is an extraordinary artist and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.