Patti Smith to turn Just Kids memoir into a TV series

Showtime will air a limited series based on the book

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Patti Smith‘s memoir Just Kids is to be turned into a TV mini series for Showtime.

Smith will adapt her memoir with John Logan, who is showrunner on the cable network’s series, Penny Dreadful.

The announcement was made by Sowtime president David Nevins during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.


The Hollywood Reporter quotes Nevins as saying, “Just Kids is one of my favorite memoirs of all time.

“Not only is it a fascinating portrait of artists coming of age, but it’s also an inspiring story of friendship, love and endurance. I’m so thrilled that Patti Smith will bring her unique voice to writing the scripts along with the gifted John Logan, who has been doing such a phenomenal job with Penny Dreadful for us.”

In a statement, Patti Smith said, “A limited series on Showtime will allow us to explore the characters more deeply, enabling us to develop stories beyond the book and allow a measure of unorthodox presentation.


“The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.”

Meanwhile, Smith’s new memoir, M Train, is due to be released on October 6. She will support the book’s release with a tour; currently, only North American dates have been announced.

October 6 New York, NY – New York Public Library
October 7 New York, NY – Barnes & Noble Union Square
October 8 Brooklyn, NY – St. Joseph’s College
October 9 Washington, DC – George Washington University
October 10 Boston, MA – Back Bay Events Center
October 11 Chicago, IL – Dominican University
October 12 Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
October 13 Toronto, Ontario – The Design Exchange
November 6 Philadelphia, PA – Free Library of Philadelphia
November 7 Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
November 12 Atlanta, GA – The Variety Playhouse
November 13 Nashville, TN – OZ Arts Nashville
November 15 Miami, FL – Miami Book Fair
November 16 Los Angeles, CA – The Orpheum Theatre
November 17 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
November 18 San Rafael, CA – Dominican University
November 19 Berkeley, CA – First Congregational Church
November 20 Portland, OR – Newmark Theatre
November 22 Seattle, WA – Town Hall Seattle

On October 27, HarperCollins will also release an updated, expanded edition of 1998’s Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, featuring thirty-five new songs, new artwork, as well as an introduction from Smith herself.

Smith returns to the UK to play two shows at London’s Roundhouse on October 30 and 31. The shows are part of her tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Horses album.

You can read our review of Patti Smith live at Field Day, Victoria Park, London, June 7, 2015 by clicking here

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Meanwhile, the September 2015 issue of Uncut is on sale in the UK on Tuesday, July 28 – featuring David Gilmour, a free Grateful Dead CD, Bob Dylan and the Newport Folk Festival, AC/DC, Killing Joke, the Isley Brothers, Julien Temple, Ryley Walker and more.

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