Actually, "sequel" might not be the best word—according to The Guardian
, Smith plans to revisit the time period she wrote about in her excellent 2010 memoir Just Kids
, which described her friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe when both were in their early 20s in New York. To read Just Kids
, you'd hardly know that the woman writing it is a rock legend—it is primarily and affectingly a story of friendship and youth. The new book will approach the same time period from a different perspective, focusing more on Smith's musical career and her relationship with her late husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith.
Just Kids is such a worthwhile read—if you haven't already, pick it up. And here's the interview I did with Smith a few years ago, when she was in Portland on book tour. She is unequivocally one of the coolest women alive.