Punk Rock Book Club with AJ & Daniel

 
March 25th
6:30pm
 
McNally Jackson Downtown Brooklyn
RSVP Required - see below
 

If you grew up with your walls plastered in posters of your favorite bands, scribbled lyrics all over your notebooks, and carried around a clunky CD player, we're guessing the next time your favorite band rolls into town, you may have a growing concern about the arch support your Vans will give and whether you’ll be home by 11pm. Well, dust off those Vans and join our book club featuring music-centric pieces spanning rock n roll, punk rock, and alternative movements. Don’t mistake us for another forgotten band from 2008, instead The TBR Stacks is actually just AJ and Daniel joining forces to revel in the history and stories of the music we grew up with all while checking another book off the to be read list.

This month we'll discuss Patti Smith's National Book Award-winning, quirky and spellbounding memoir, Just Kids.

“A moving portrait of the artist as a young woman, and a vibrant profile of Smith’s onetime boyfriend and lifelong muse, Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989...JUST KIDS is ultimately a wonderful portal into the dawn of Smith’s art.” — Los Angeles Times

“A shockingly beautiful book...a classic, a romance about becoming an artist in the city, written in a spare, simple style of boyhood memoirs like Frank Conroy’s ‘Stop Time.’” — New York Magazine

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. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists’ ascent, a prelude to fame.


 

Reserve your place with a $5 voucher, redeemable on the night of the book club meeting on any product in store.

Price: $5.00