Patti Smith to Pen Sequel to “Just Kids” Memoir
Nostalgists and music buffs, rejoice. The venerable Patti Smith, who herself just reached social security age, is planning a literary sequel to her smash 2010 memoir Just Kids. Story arc for the next book will focus more on her music career and relationship with late husband Fred “Sonic” Smith of the MC5.
The living legend tells Billboard that the next book:
Is in more of the ‘Just Kids’ vein and even in the similar time period, but shifts more to family, Fred (Smith, the MC5 guitarist and her late husband), music. So it’s a different perspective. ‘Just Kids’ was very focused on Robert and my relationship with Robert and wanting to be an artist, and the next book will be more, perhaps, music-based.”
Boardwalk Empire paid homage to Patti Smith by including her recent rendition of the Spencer Williams standard “I Ain’t Got Nobody” in the season finale. She had recorded it for the HBO program, but didn’t know “where or when they would use it.”
Unfortunately, her longrunning New Year’s Eve residencies at the Bowery Ballroom are now a thing of the past.
Here’s Patti at the final night of CBGB in 2006: