Why it’s ’70s punk icon Patti Smith, for Just Kids, her book about her lengthy friendship with controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Nicely done. Here’s Smith’s January 2010 interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” discussing the book and the early days of her music career.
It’s been a good week for women musicians-turned-writers. Publishers Weekly just named Composed, by Rosanne Cash (who, if you don’t know, is one of the best Twitter folks around – witty, engaging and thoughtful), one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2010. Again, nicely done!
(And with the holidays coming up, I’m sure my friends at (Jackson Street) Books on 7th could hook you up with copies of either. Remember to support your independent booksellers!)