Past Meetup

Hip and Well Read: Just Kids

Price: $2.00 /per person

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NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Misconduct Tavern - 1511 Locust St.

Sorry, had to change the location due to Center City Sips loudness.

Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

For our July meetup we will be reading Just Kids by Patti Smith.

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.

Just Kids is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:

City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores (http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2009/03/19/its-a-jungle-out-there)
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&client=firefox-a&q=philadelphia+independent+bookstore&ie=UTF8&z=13)

PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW UP, more than 3 no shows in a row will result in a temporary ban from RSVP-ing until you can assure me you will actually attend. We are having far too many people RSVP and then not showup and people changing their RSVP at the last possible minute preventing other members from being able to attend.

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here. (http://www.meetup.com/philadelphia-hip-and-well-read-book-club/pages/Coming_when_the_meeting_is_full/)

Happy Reading!

Michelle