By: Gary Graff
After chronicling her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe in the award-winning 2010 memoir "Just Kids," Patti Smith is ready to delve into more of her life for her next book.
Smith tells us that she's planning a sequel that will look at other aspects of her life, including more about her rock 'n' roll career and her marriage to the late MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith.
"It's in more of the 'Just Kids' vein and even in the similar time period," Smith explains, "but shifts more to family, Fred, 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."
But, she cautions, readers shouldn't expect any particularly sensationalistic revelations.
"I don't have a big rock 'n' roll lifestyle, a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll story to tell," she says. "I think I have maybe a better story. Through rock 'n' roll I traveled the world, worked with my late brother (Todd) 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."
The book is one of several projects Smith says she's working on "simultaneously." Her latest album, "Banga," came out in June, and after opening for Neil Young & Crazy Horse this fall, Smith has January shows booked in Japan and will open for Morrissey on March 1 in Los Angeles, with a Rome date on April 14.
And while another album isn't imminent, Smith says that she's "always thinking of a lot of ideas. I'm interested in exploring new things." She recently recorded a version of the Spencer Williams standard "I Ain't Got Nobody," which was used for the season finale of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."
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