Patti Smith Reveals 'M Train' Memoirs
Published Apr 13, 2015Patti Smith has confirmed she will follow up her popular 2010 tome Just Kids with a second set of memoirs this fall. The latest collection of personal writings from the New York punk and poetry figure is called M Train, and it arrives October 6 through the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
While the National Book Award-winning Just Kids chronicled Smith's friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, a press release explains that M Train has the author laying out "a roadmap to my life" using 18 different "stations" as settings. These include favourite coffee shops and cafes, and are said to have Smith discussing literary obsessions, as well as "the inevitable losses that come to us in life — and the consolation we might salvage from them."
The cover photo, which you can see above courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, was taken at New York's Cafe 'Ino, a setting used in the book.
"It 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," a press release explains, adding that the book touches on the creation of art, taking inspiration Frida Kahlo and Arthur Rimbaud, living through Hurricane Sandy, and the death of Smith's husband and musical collaborator Fred "Sonic" Smith.
In addition to her words, M Train also showcases black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith.
Word of a second Patti Smith memoir came in 2012, with the artist explaining back then that the book would be focused on both music and family.
"I don't have a big rock'n'roll lifestyle, a sex, drugs and rock'n'roll story to tell. I think I have maybe a better story," she had said at the time. "Through rock'n'roll I travelled the world, worked with my late brother [Todd] and, best of all, that's how I met Fred. It changed my life in many unexpected ways, so I have my story to tell."