Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe will be published — officially — tomorrow. If you want it right away, you can get it tonight at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, where Smith will be appearing tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. [Click here for information.] She’ll be interviewed by the Journalist Katherine Lanpher, and she’ll be reading from the book, which bears the subtitle From Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel, a Life of Art and Friendship.
Here’s the blurb from the book’s dust-jacket:
It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous