R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe followed friend and fellow musician Patti Smith on tour for two weeks in 1995. Two Times Intro is his intimate and evocative visual diary of her return to live performance, along with portraits of other cultural celebrities, such as Allen Ginsberg, who appeared with her.

From 1975’s "Horses" to 1997’s "Peace and Noise", Smith’s creative vision has been a singular, explosive catalyst for artists and musicians worldwide — including Stipe. As William S. Burroughs writes in the introduction, Patti Smith’s “effect on the audience is electric, comparable to voodoo or umbanda rituals, where the audience members become participants, and are literally lifted out of themselves.”

In addition to the text by Stipe, William S. Burroughs and Patti Smith, there is also commentary from Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lenny Kaya, Tom Verlaine and others who have been inspired by Smith’s work.

The photos in the book feel more like a personal scrapbook than a typical photobook (if there is such a thing). The book also includes reproductions of Stipe's diary and cut-and-paste experiments with text. Being a long-time fan of Patti Smith, I sat down with this book immediately and devoured it from cover to cover. Be sure check it out, especially if you're a fan.

Two Times Intro:
On the Road with Patti Smith
Words and photographs by Michael Stipe
1998, 2011
Hardcover: 128 pages
11 x 7.4 in
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN-13: 978-1-61775-023-6
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