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Radio Mon Mar 01 2010
Chicago-born punk rock icon Patti Smith read from her memoir Just Kids -- about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe -- last week at the Harold Washington Public Library Center. In case you missed it, Chicago Public Radio has an audio recording of Smith's reading and acoustic performance. "I'm very happy to be here for two reasons -- I love libraries and since I was born in Chicago, it's very nice to be in a library in Chicago," Smith says before beginning her reading.
At one point, Smith asks the audience to stop taking pictures because of all the clicking noises. "Sorry, it just breaks my concentration. And then I'll have to yell. Then I'll have to turn into the grandmother of punk rock," she laughs.
Be sure to listen to at least the beginning as Smith recounts her childhood memories of Humboldt Park and Logan Square.