Banga, Patti Smith’s first album of new material in eight years is her best in decades, despite some failed pretensions. My LAT review: Album review: Patti Smith’s ‘Banga’ – latimes.com.
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Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin wrote a nice piece about the reissue of Patti Smith’s Hanuman book of poems Woolgathering. Of course, I have the original in my Smith collection. She talks about her melancholia during the years she lived in a suburban rook in Detroit, essentially being a housewife. I interviewed her there and I could feel her loneliness — the loneliness of parenting.
“In 1967, a 20-year-old college dropout and former factory worker who had recently given up her newborn daughter for adoption packed a suitcase with drawing pencils, Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations and a waitress’ uniform and moved to New York City to become an artist. She met another artist there, an ex-altar boy. They fell in love and became lifelong collaborators and muses. Before Robert Mapplethorpe died on March 9, 1989, Patti Smith promised him she would tell their story. Just Kids is, at last, her account of this intense, historic relationship. It’s worth every moment of the wait.”
Read my Miami Herald review .