By Patti Smith

From the nationwide e-book Award-winning writer of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey into the brain of this mythical artist, advised during the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and labored in round the world.

M Train is a trip via eighteen "stations." It starts off within the tiny Greenwich Village café the place Smith is going each morning for black espresso, ruminates at the global because it is and the realm because it was once, and writes in her pc. We then go back and forth, via prose that shifts fluidly among goals and truth, previous and current, throughout a panorama of inventive aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, to a gathering of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; from the ramshackle beach bungalow in New York's a ways Rockaway that Smith buys earlier than storm Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven all through are reflections at the writer's craft and on inventive construction, along signature stories together with her lifestyles in Michigan along with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose premature dying used to be an irremediable loss. For it really is loss, in addition to the comfort we'd salvage from it, that lies on the middle of this exquisitely instructed memoir, one augmented by means of lovely black-and-white Polaroids taken through Smith herself. M Train is a meditation on endings and on beginnings: a poetic travel de strength by means of some of the most extraordinary multiplatform artists at paintings this present day.

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Willie Nelson happened to be one of the guests. I didn’t grow up listening to country music, although I owned one Willie Nelson record. By the end of the evening, I was a huge fan. Willie was playing the classic songs “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy,” and I would try to play along. His guitar playing and lyrics were mesmerizing. I couldn’t believe this was the guy who wrote these songs. The guitar was passed around the room and other singers sang Hank Williams tunes or ones they had recently written.

He’s a great guy and an old friend. I’ll see him tomorrow night in Helotes, Texas, at our show at John T. Floore Country Store. John T’s is one of the better beer joints in Texas. John T. Floore was a really good friend of mine and loaned me money one time when I really needed it. I wrote a song about him: SHOTGUN WILLIE Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Well, you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t play music if you don’t know nothing to play Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Now, John T.

God said It’s a sign of the times I said. IN GOD'S EYES Never think evil thoughts of anyone It’s just as wrong to think as to say For a thought is but a word that’s unspoken In God’s eyes He sees it this way Lend a hand if you can to a stranger Never worry if he can’t repay For in time you’ll be repaid ten times over In God’s eyes He sees it this way In God’s eyes we’re like sheep in a meadow Now and then a lamb goes astray But open arms should await its returning In God’s eyes He sees it this way Thought for the Day: Sometimes I think, Well .

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