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Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Offering a unique analysis and discussion of her life, career, and work, this is the true story of Patti Smith. Widely acknowledged as one of the most significant American artists of the rock age, an acclaimed poet, and a figurehead for many liberal political causes, Patti Smith went from an ugly-duckling childhood in postwar New Jersey to become queen of the 1970s New Yor ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 20, 2014 Kathy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Um, no one, really.
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i was disappointed with this biography i found that it was factual and statistical just kind`ve wooden and hollow i noticed also there was a lot of rehashing quotes taken from previous biographies about her. i guess after reading `just kids` in patti smiths own write you get to know her soul more than any other time. `However because i`ve read so much on her this book was going over the same ground without any new insights. Therefore for anyone who doesn`t know much about her i suggest them star ...more
I was introduced to Patti Smith as an adolescent listening to the Gone Again album. I absolutely fell in love with her, but I never truly understood her...especially her early work. I read Just Kids last year and started to see a little of what I had missed. Dave Thompson has done an excellent job of laying out the facts while not excluding the emotion of her career. She is an absolute inspiration and now my lists of "to read" "to watch" and "to listen" are overflowing.

I realize that for those w

Patti Smith is a very interesting woman to read about. That being said, this book read like a textbook. Factual and statistical mainly. The author would also mention something, but never finish the thought. He also solicited his unnecessary opinions in less than necessary places. Your opinion of President Bush plays little to no part of this narrative.
Ray Charbonneau
Bios of people I know of from earlier in my own life, like this, Willie Mays, etc... are oddly depressing. They may be good books, but they don't add all that much to my existing knowledge in many cases. What they mostly do is remind me that I was 20 a long time ago.
A nice look into the career of a fascinating artist. What I liked most about this biography was that it was a sensationalized look into Smith's life, but rather a look into her career as a poet-turned punk/rock star.
Amy Elizabeth
I was disappointed. Her Just Kids was so good and this was stilted and without much emotion.
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English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself. Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies. He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical ins ...more
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