Dancing Barefoot by Dave Thompson
The Patti Smith Story

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Offering a unique analysis and discussion of her life, career, and work, this is the true story of Patti Smith. Widely acknowledged as one of the most significant American artists of the rock age, an acclaimed poet, and a figurehead for many liberal political causes, Patti Smith went from an ugly-duckling childhood in postwar New Jersey to become queen of the 1970s New York art scene. Not a tell-all biography, this measured, accurate, and enthusiastic account of Smith’s career is written for her loyal fans as well as for neophytes hungry for a great rock 'n' roll story. 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.

 

About Dave Thompson

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Dave Thompson is one of the leading authorities on all things music. He has published more than 100 books - including the wonderful 1000 Songs That Rock Your World - and is a regular contributor to Goldmine magazine, as well as Rolling Stone. He is currently working on the Standard Catalog of American Records. A prodigious writer, Thompson was ranked as one of the Top 5 biographers by Mojo magazine. His biographies have included works on David Bowie, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, KISS, and many, many more.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In this unfortunately timed biography, music critic Thompson (London's Burning) chronicles Smith's story from her childhood in New Jersey, growing up next to a pig farm, and her early days in New York

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Well-written and comprehensive presentation of the facts of Patti Smith's life, but like all biographies is unable to offer insight into who she is.

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A vivacious, intriguing artist gets a dull biography that doesn’t stand up to the strength of her own book about her life.

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A vivacious, intriguing artist gets a dull biography that doesn’t stand up to the strength of her own book about her life.

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