Patti Smith announces new memoir ‘M Train’

The book is the sequel to Smith's best-seller 'Just Kids' and has been described as a 'roadmap' through the singer's life

Patti Smith will release the follow-up to her 2010 memoir Just Kids later this year.

M Train will be the singer’s second memoir, coming via Knopf on October 6. It has been described as a “roadmap” through Smith’s life.

A press release reads: “M Train is a journey through eighteen ‘stations’. It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village cafĂ© 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. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

“Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself.”

“I wanted to write a contemporary book or just write whatever I felt like writing about, and it’s things going from literature to coffee to memories of Fred [‘Sonic’ Smith, Patti’s late husband and member of the MC5] in Michigan,” Smith previously said of the book. “It’s whatever I felt. I hopped on a train and kept going.”

Just Kids was published in January 2010 and documented Smith’s relationship with late photograph Robert Mapplethorpe.

Patti Smith will play this summer’s Field Day festival in London, alongside Caribou, Ride and more. Field Day 2015 takes place between June 6-7 at Victoria Park.
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