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January 15, 2010, 12:10 am
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Patti Smith
Just Kids

[Bloomsbury Publishing; February 1]

Already described by Entertainment Weekly as “both a poignant requiem and a radiant celebration of life”, Just Kids offers unprecedented insight into Patti Smith’s experience of New York in the late ’60s and ’70s – before she shot to fame with her landmark debut Horses – through the eyes of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Though the prose style of Just Kids is a first for Patti in the publishing world, fans will feel right at home with her captivating lyrical phrasing. A must read for anyone with an interest in the halcyon days of the Chelsea Hotel and in one of the art world’s most fascinating pairs.

“Robert believed in me as much as he believed in himself, and it was incredible how much he believed in himself,” said Patti in a recent interview with New York Magazine. “He would not rest until he helped me dive down, down, down, and access my confident part. And I did access it, finally. It came out in a funny way, as a performer. But because he gave it to me so early in life, I don’t have to be given it again and again—I just have it. I might have to work to find it when my world gets shook. But I can always find it.”

Patti plays the following UK dates in March:

21.03.10 Union Chapel, London
22.03.10 Holywell Music Room, Oxford
24.03.10 Oran Mor, Glasgow
25.03.10 The Sage, Gateshead
26.03.10 The Assembly, Leamington Spa

Patti Smith website
Publisher’s website


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We have tickets for the 21st. Can’t wait. If this book is as good as Dream of Life it’ll be amazing.

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