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Patti Smith: Dream of Life Hardcover – August 26, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832088
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Patti Smith wasn't just a rocker; she was a poet, and a book of her life calls for nothing less than fine art....the book captures her illustrious career in a way perfectly suited for the musician--poetic, engaging, and passionate." ~Chicago Magazine

"Coffee-table books, by definition, aren't meant to be page-turners. Except for this month's Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which isn't so much a glossy centerpiece as it is an addictive pictorial of the godmother of punk's life as a poet, activist, mother, style icon, and all-around kick-ass front woman." ~Elle

"With the Rizzoli imprint, we have come to expect certain things: perfect printing, the highest quality papers, flawless binding, superior layouts and type. This historic book is no different." ~SoHo Journal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Jaye Lewis on September 24, 2008
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This is a beautiful companion piece to the film, Dream of Life. It is huge; 429 photos from the film. And very touching, even if you haven't seen the movie. Worth every penny, especially if you are a Patti Smith fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth bee on November 19, 2008
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this is a thorough photo montage taken directly from her recent documentary, "dream of life"
the quality of the paper and photograghs are not so great; it has a rather cheap feel to it.
but, because it is a large and comprehensive photo essay, it is well worth it. i enjoyed slowly looking at each photo, taking it in at my own pace which i can't do with a film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ~Ariel~ on June 17, 2012
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This book is from the film Dream of Life and is an expansive collection of photos from Patti's life. It is huge & heavy with about 430 pages total. It's not in chronological order, but there is a photo index at the back of the book that lists the year & info on each photo. Black & white and color photos are included. Most of them have a grainy appearance & the paper quality is so-so. But there are quite a few good shots to make it worthwhile. There is some text, but the book is mostly image based. There are ones with Robert Mapplethorpe, Fred Sonic Smith and her 2 children Jackson & Jesse, her parents, her brother Todd, her bandmates and many others. I was surprised to not see any of Patti as a little girl or of her 2 sisters Linda & Kimberly. I wish there were more vintage Patti photos included; most are from the late 1990's and 2000's---the same time frame that the documentary was filmed. There is a short "Polaroids by Patti" section of 15 black/white photos taken by Patti during 1996-2007. Overall, this is a fairly nice book on Patti Smith. Especially if you can get it for a cheap price (paid less than $5 for mine).
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Patti Smith is a true artist. Her body of work stands for it's self. Once hailed the Queen of punk and later a great musician, poet and photo buff. She can amaze you with her often looked over talent. I became a fan of hers in the late 70's. Punk and Harder edge music were choking the life out of music such as Disco. They had a message and were going to get it out no matter what. I was living in San Diego California at the time To album covers stuck out at me - Springsteen's Born to Run and Patti's Horses. To this day I still love them.

The Dream of Life book is a nice add on to the movie. It has 431 pages of photos some of Pattie and people she has worked with and loved. It has pictures of Patti. It also has poetry and short stories. There is an index and I compleatly recomend this book to you fan or not. In a few years it is going to be a collectable. Enjoy - Richard Glenn
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Manzi on May 26, 2009
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Excellent... worth owning.
Stephen did a great job!!!
John Manzi
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