September 20, 2020
The rock star and poet on solitude, her lifelong friend Sam Shepard, and writing her latest memoir
Patti Smith: I feel the unrest of the world in the pit of my stomach
Patti Smith, rock star, poet, visual artist and writer, won the 2010 National book award with her memoir Just Kids. The Year of the Monkey, her moving postscript – about loss, serendipity, friendship and hope – is out now in paperback (Bloomsbury).
Did you plan The Year of the Monkey or did it almost write itself?Truthfully, I had no goal. It was the end of 2015. I’d had concerts at the Fillmore in San Francisco and was supposed to go on a trip with my good friend Sandy Pearlman. But he had an accident and was in a coma and I was without a plan. I don’t drive, so decided to linger to be in his proximity and, being alone, started keeping a journal. I find writing a journal is like having an imaginary friend.
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