"I think I have maybe a better story. ..."
Patti Smith

Patti Smith has stated her intention to write a sequel to her acclaim memoir 'Just Kids'.

Before she became an icon of the punk movement Patti Smith was a writer. Steeped in the post-Beat underworld of avant garde New York, she soaked up an incredible array of influences as the aspiring artist worked out how to speak with her own voice.

It's a period which still informs her work, and one which underpinned recent memoir 'Just Kids'. A moving, wry tale Patti Smith followed the book with another memoir - 'Woolgathering' - in 2011 before releasing this year's quite wonderful album 'Banga'.

Now it seems that the American artist is working on a direct sequel to 'Just Kids'. Speaking to Billboard (via NME) Patti Smith said: "I don't have a big rock 'n' roll lifestyle, a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll story to tell. I think I have maybe a better story. Through rock 'n' roll I traveled the world, worked with my late brother and, best of all, that's how I met Fred. It changed my life in many unexpected ways, so I have my story to tell."

Exciting news.

Here's Patti Smith chatting about 'Just Kids' at the National Portrait Gallery.

Words by Richard Gray


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