Patti Smith comes to Brighton

Patti Smith presents her new memoir 'Year of the Monkey' at this very special event.

St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton

Thursday 31st October, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

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About the Event

Writer, performer and visual artist, Patti Smith, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, chronicling her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, received the 2010 National Book Award.

Now in Year of the Monkey she tells more of her powerful, poignant story, tackling loss, ageing, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, with unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow.

Patti will be interviewed by Helen Lewis from the New Statesman, and the evening will include a performance by Smith and musician Tony Shanahan. Patti Smith's album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres; she is also the recipient of Sweden's Polar Music Prize, an international acknowledgement of significant achievements in music. Smith lives in New York City.

Venue Information

St Bartholomew's Church
Ann Street
United Kingdom
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About the Book

Year of the Monkey
Year of the Monkey

Patti Smith

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date:24 Sep 2019


3.53 out of 5
5 reviews
"a maudlin and magical memoir"
The Guardian
"A moving account of the deep losses experienced in her 70th year"
The Independent
"Patti Smith had a bad year in 2016 Year of the Monkey is the sly and wonderful book that resulted from it"
The Spectator
"The book is a highly individual stocktaking of a most unusual 70th year of a great woman of letters"
The Observer
"A melancholy and surreal tale of two friends on the threshold of death"
Financial Times