Patti Smith 1969–1976

Since the January 2010 publication of her memoir, and Robert Mapplethorpe love letter, Just Kids last year, Patti Smith’s name has been in the air, online, and in people’s names.

The book won the 2010 National Book Award for non-fiction and spurred something of a career renaissance, as Smith stepped into a new phase of her career as an artist: that of author and historian. Fittingly, her 1975 album Horses was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in June 2010 while she embarked on a tour of Europe with her band.

This month, Abrams Image publishes  Patti Smith 1969–1976, featuring hundreds of photographs of Smith taken by her then-friend Judy Linn, an art student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn at the time. A number of Linn’s Smith photographs appeared in Just Kids, but this work contains the best of a collaboration between the two young artists, in which Smith and her friends Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard played the model and muse to Linn’s budding photographer.

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