Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith

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John William Smith
Andy Warhol Museum, 2002 - Art - 79 pages
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Impossible to categorize, moving easily between the literary, art and musical worlds, always unpredictable and impassioned, idiosyncratic musician and artist Patti Smith here presents an impressive body of visual art, mostly works on paper. Bringing together approximately 60 works spanning the past 30 years, "Strange Messenger" collects early pieces as well as new ones inspired by the September 11, 2001, bombing of the World Trade Center, in which Smith expresses her views about violence, religion, war and intolerance. This book marks the first occasion that Smith's drawings have been brought together in a single volume, as well as the first publication of most of the included works.

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Patti Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 30, 1946. She is a singer-songwriter, writer and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her album Horses has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She has recorded twelve albums. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written several books including Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries of Innocence, and Just Kids. Her drawings, photographs, and installations have been shown at numerous venues including the Andy Warhol Museum and the Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris. In 2005, she was awarded the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, which is the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic.

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Buck Institute for Age Research
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University of California, San Francisco
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Born in East St. Louis, John spent a major portion of his youth in Illinois. He began reading at an early age and soon discovered a love for science fiction and horror. He devoured book after book about vampires, shifters, and dragons. John holds a degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. His military career included twelve years in Public Affairs. It was there that he honed his writing skills and won multiple awards. After retiring from the Air Force, he bought a Harley and volunteered with politically active motorcycle organizations. He wrote stories promoting motorcycling, which were published throughout the state of California. John currently lives in Highland, Illinois with his mother and Bassett hound named Barkley P. Howl. John invites your comments and thoughts about the book. You can email John at To find out where John is appearing visit his website at

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