Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Just Kids at Stan Getz

Want to know how to make the most of your tuition dollars at Berklee? Read for fun. Yes, our collection includes lots of materials to help you with your studies and performance, but we also have lots of music-related materials that the rest of the world is clamoring to get their hands on. Case in point: Just Kids by Patti Smith (ML420.S63 A3 2010). It won the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction. It's a New York Times bestseller. Public libraries in the area have huge lists of holds and can't buy enough copies to keep up with demand. And yet I'm the only person who has checked it from Stan Getz Library.

If you haven't heard about the book yet, it is the memoir of musician and poet Smith about her early adulthood in New York with her lover and friend photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. When they met, both were just starting to pursue their dreams of being artists. Together they forged their artistic identities and scraped by while doing so. The story winds down as their careers start to take off, when they are no longer "just kids."

Smith established herself as a writer long before embarking on this memoir, and the story is so exquisitely rendered that you don't have to be a fan or her or Mapplethorpe's work to enjoy it.

I'll be checking the book back in after completing this post, so come get it while it's hot and explore more of our books just for fun.

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