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Patti Smith’s Very Cinematic Memoir Just Kids Is Getting a Showtime Adaptation

Patti Smith.

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Just Kids, the memoir by legendary rock singer-songwriter Patti Smith, has been picked up for a limited series adaptation by Showtime. This is great news, as the best-selling book happens to be one of the most cinematic memoirs ever committed to the page.

In Just Kids, Smith does a remarkably vivid job of evoking ’60s and ’70s New York—whether describing a Coney Island coffee shack where pictures of Jesus, President Kennedy and astronauts were taped to the wall, or revisiting the moment when she met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith and acclaimed screenwriter John Logan have allegedly been collaborating on the script for four years.