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Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe’s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.
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Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe’s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.
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  • Patti Smith, Land 250

    Patti Smith, Land 250
    Photos by a key figure in modern music, noted for the way she integrates performance poetry with garage-band rock and roll. Patti Smith is known most widely as a musical artist and a poet, but her creative energies are not limited to those genres. This book offers a chance to explore the photography of the punk poetess. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain in Paris, it presents hundreds of Polaroids and black-and-white photographs, plus commentaries by the artist. The exhibition took place from March to June 2008, and many of the photographs were created especially for the show. The book celebrates a lesser- known string to Patti Smith's bow, presenting an iconographic world in which films, drawings, and photographs converge. 250 illustrations.

    Trois

    Trois
    A set of three personal books by an icon of the New York underground music scene. Published on the occasion of Patti Smith's exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, here are three books devoted to her artistic world, combined in a set entitledTrois. Charlevilleencompasses Smith's texts, drawings, and photographs revolving around the figure of Arthur Rimbaud and collected over a period of almost forty years.Photographiesshowcases her photographs of sculptures taken between 2002 and 2008 and accompanied by her poems.Cahieris a notebook inspired by those belonging to Patti Smith. The first pages are filled with her handwriting and the rest is left to the reader's personal use. The set perfectly reflects Patti Smith's long-standing interest in literature, photography, and all kinds of artistic expression. 150 illustrations.

    The Anchor Anthology of French Poetry

    The Anchor Anthology of French Poetry
    From Nerval to Valery in English Translation
    A classic anthology of the essential works of late 19th- and early 20th-century French poetry--in both superb translations and the original French texts--reissued with an eloquent introduction by poet and musician Patti Smith. First published in 1958, this collection introduced an indispensible corpus of western poetry to countless American college students, francophiles, and would-be poets-among them Patti Smith, whose vocation was formed she says, by reading this book. The poetic and cultural tradition forged by the Symbolist poets-Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Appollinaire, and others-reverberated throughout the avant garde and counter-cultures of the twentieth century. Modernism, surrealism, abstract impressionism, and the Beat movement are unthinkable without the example of these poets and their theories of art, making this reissue possibly the hippest "dead white European male" anthology ever published. Including translations by Richmond Lattimore, W.S. Merwin, Dudly Fitts, and Richard Wilbur, this anthology has stood the test of time in terms of its selection and scholarly apparatus. Now back in print after twenty years in a fresh new edition, the book features an introduction by Patti Smith that testifies to its epochal impact on her own career, as well as those of other influential latter-day poets, including Lou Reed and Jim Carroll. This rediscovered gem is sure to inspire a new generation.

    Patti Smith

    Patti Smith
    Early Works, 1970-1979

  • An Accidental Autobiography

    An Accidental Autobiography
    The Selected Letters of Gregory Corso
    "For all his charm and intelligence poet Gregory Corso lived a vagabond life. He never held down a regular job. Until his final years, he rarely stayed very long under the same roof. He spent long stretches - some as long as four or five years - abroad. Many of his letters came from Europe - France, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece - as he kept in touch with his circle of friends - among them his best friends Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He left (or was left by) a number of girlfriends and he fathered five children along the way. He was apt to raise a bit of a ruckus at poetry readings and other public events. No one could be sure what he might do next except that he would write poetry and get published and that it would be widely read." When the idea of a book of selected letters was first proposed, Gregory had some reservations about it. Would the book reveal too much about his private life? But then with typical hubris he said the equivalent of "let it all hang out" and "all" does hang out in An Accidental Autobiography. The book is indeed the next thing to an unplanned self-portrait and gives a lively sense of the life Gregory Corso led, marching to his own drummer and leaving in his wake such marvelous books of Beat poetry as The Happy Birthday of Death, Elegiac Feelings America, Long Live Man, and Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit.

    Patti Smith

    Patti Smith
    Dream of Life
    "Patti Smith wasn't just a rocker; she was a poet, and a book of her life calls for nothing less than fine art....the book captures her illustrious career in a way perfectly suited for the musician--poetic, engaging, and passionate." ~Chicago Magazine "Coffee-table books, by definition, aren't meant to be page-turners. Except for this month's Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which isn't so much a glossy centerpiece as it is an addictive pictorial of the godmother of punk's life as a poet, activist, mother, style icon, and all-around kick-ass front woman." ~Elle "With the Rizzoli imprint, we have come to expect certain things: perfect printing, the highest quality papers, flawless binding, superior layouts and type. This historic book is no different." ~SoHo Journal

    Nostalgia in Vogue

    Nostalgia in Vogue
    Nostalgia in Vogue celebrates the popular and poignant coming-of-age memoir columns that have been enchanting Vogue readers since 2000. This elegant volume collects a wonderful selection of Vogue’s famous “Nostalgia” columns and the stunning photographs that accompanied them. Writers, designers, models, and celebrities share coming-of-age stories based on a rich range of themes from fashion to art, Hollywood, music, childhood, work, and love, each triggered by an extraordinary photograph from Vogue’s history. With a host of intriguing characters and stories, and images by legendary photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Henry Clarke, Helmut Newton, Horst P. Horst, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nostalgia in Vogue is both a visual treat and a fascinating read. Whether told from the point of view of a budding movie star or a teenager straining to make sense of the sophisticated adult world, each entry offers a unique slice of life sharply evocative of time and place. Nostalgia in Vogue is a must for devotees of fashion, pop culture, photography, and literary memoir and reaches across a readership of all ages. Text by Eve Macsweeney with a Foreword by Anna Wintour and essays by Joan Didion, Margaret Atwood, Patti Smith, Edmund White, Karl Lagerfeld, Carly Simon, John Galliano, Ann Packer, Anjelica Huston, Nora Ephron, A. M. Homes, and others.

    Strange Messenger

    Strange Messenger
    The Work of Patti Smith
    Impossible to categorize, moving easily between the literary, art and musical worlds, always unpredictable and impassioned, idiosyncratic musician and artist Patti Smith here presents an impressive body of visual art, mostly works on paper. Bringing together approximately 60 works spanning the past 30 years, Strange Messengercollects early pieces as well as new ones inspired by the September 11, 2001, bombing of the World Trade Center, in which Smith expresses her views about violence, religion, war and intolerance. This book marks the first occasion that Smith's drawings have been brought together in a single volume, as well as the first publication of most of the included works.

  • More Lifeways

    More Lifeways
    Sharing Parenting and Family Paths
    Twenty-seven articles include subjects such as listening and the art of relationship, inner development, money issues, sex, power, spirituality, single parenting, fathering, mid-life, dying, and much more.

    Nostalgia of the Infinite

    Nostalgia of the Infinite

    Essential Patti Smith

    Essential Patti Smith
    Poetry

    Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006

    Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006
    Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future
    HORSES Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) Redondo Beach Birdland Free Money Kimberly Fire of Unknown Origin Break It Up Land Elegie RADIO ETHIOPIA Ask the Angels Ain't It Strange Poppies Pissing in a River Pumping (My Heart) Distant Fingers Chiklets Radio Ethiopia/Abyssinia EASTER Till Victory Space Monkey Because the Night Ghost Dance Babelogue Rock n Roll Nigger We Three 25th Floor High on Rebellion Godspeed Easter WAVE Frederick Dancing Barefoot Revenge Citizen Ship Seven Ways of Going Broken Flag Wave Hymn DREAM OF LIFE People Have the Power Up There Down There Paths That Cross Somalia Wild Leaves Dream of Life It Takes Time Where Duty Calls Going Under As the Night Goes By Looking for You (I Was) The Jackson Song Memorial Song GONE AGAIN Gone Again Beneath the Southern Cross About a Boy My Madrigal Summer Cannibals Dead to the World Wing Ravens Fireflies Farewell Reel Come Back Little Sheba PEACE AND NOISE Waiting Underground Whirl Away 1959 Don't Say Nothing Dead City Blue Poles Death Singing Memento Mori Last Call GUNG HO One Voice Lo and Beholden Boy Cried Wolf Persuasion Gone Pie China Bird Glitter in Their Eyes Strange Messengers Grateful Upright Come New Party Libbie's Song Gung Ho TRAMPIN' Trampin' Jubilee Mother Rose Stride of the Mind Cartwheels Gandhi Trespasses In My Blakean Year Cash Peaceable Kingdom Radio Baghdad

  • Body of Water

    Body of Water
    With mercurial wands, Baal’s angels, decks with wild Jacks of oracle bones, tempest Serpens, Lord Byron on the Bridge of Sighs, stallions mottled grey, a “dark blue stronger than the Flemish blue of hummingbirds,” and poesis lying in the ashes of a dress, Janet Hamill turns her wizard poet’s eye on an immense body of alchemical empathies. This book is a romantic, surreal, lyrical Voyage. It twists and turns with the playful tide of poetic vision, enhanced by the delicate measures of Patti Smith’s photography. Kudos all around. 

    Dark Arcana - Afterimage or Glow

    Dark Arcana - Afterimage or Glow
    Anne Waldman is an internationally known poet, cultural activist, performer, professor and editor, with strong personal links to the New York School, the Beats, and the experimental strands of the New American Poetry. Dark Arcana/Afterimage Or Glow is one of Waldman's most important poems; a feverish inspection of the damage still being wrought by the Vietnam War on a society struggling to preserve its unique culture and natural beauty. The full color cover photo and the inside black and white photography are by social activist, photographer and rock legend Patti Smith; In The Room Of Never Grieve: New And Selected Poems 1985-2003, along with Waldman's recent books Zombie Dawn and Vow To Poetry are also available from SPD.

    Nostalgia of the Infinite

    Nostalgia of the Infinite

    Double Blind

    Double Blind
    War in Lebanon 2006
    he onslaught in Lebanon during the months of July and August, 2006, saw one of the most indiscriminate and relentless attacks on a civilian population of recent times. Paolo Pellegrin (Magnum Photos) and journalist Scott Anderson were in Lebanon during the conflict, on assignment for The New York Times and Newsweek. In particular Pellegrin also documented the aftermath of the attack on the village of Qana in southern Lebanon, where many of the victims were children. The attack at Qana, also the second one to strike the village in living memory, soon after prompted the singer Patti Smith to respond in the form of a song, entitled 'Qana', the words of which are illustrated in the book.

  • A Kick in Your Inspiration

    A Kick in Your Inspiration

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