Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Tuesday, August 16, 11 a.m.
Discussion leader: Edna Ritzenberg

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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.  With innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed city and set up camp at the infamous Hotel Chelsea.  fueled by their dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during their early hungry years.  Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy.