Today, Dua Lipa announced the Service95 Book Club’s September Book of the Month, Just Kids by Patti Smith. The Book Club will publish curated content all month on service95.com and across socials. You can follow Service95 on socials @service95 and YouTube to get the latest, and subscribe to the newsletter here to stay in the loop on upcoming books of the month.
Just Kids, Patti’s critically acclaimed memoir, is her candid account of New York City in the 1970s, documenting her friendship and romance with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe as they navigate the art world together. As Dua says, “It’s hard to define Patti – she is a singer, a songwriter, a poet, a painter and, of course, an author. It’s safe to say that we get something of all of these personas through this beautiful book.” Published in 2010, the novel was lauded by publications such as The New York Times and Publishers Weekly, and won the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
As with all Book Club selections, the Service95 Book Club Discussion Guide will go live on the 1st of the month, providing thought-provoking questions and other insights on Just Kids. Book Club followers can watch Dua and Patti in conversation about Patti’s life experiences and creative process, and Patti will also share two exclusive readings along with a playlist and a compilation of her must-reads.
The Book Club is the latest offering from Dua’s Service95 platform, which also consists of the At Your Service podcast and the flagship Service95 newsletter, recently praised by The Guardian as “Some of the most thought-provoking short-form cultural writing you can find.” The podcast has been lauded in publications including The Sunday Times, Vogueand Vulture and was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2022 by Spotify who said, “Dua is an incredibly thoughtful interviewer with a genuine interest in people, social movements, and the arts.”
About Dua Lipa
3x GRAMMY and 6x Brit Award-winning international pop powerhouse Dua Lipa closed out 2022 as one of the top performers of the year, with both Variety and Billboard naming her Future Nostalgia World Tour among the best live shows of the year. The tour’s namesake album solidified Dua’s position as both a critical success and top radio performer. Future Nostalgia is certified platinum in the US and UK, was the longest running top 10 album by a female artist on the Billboard 200 in 2021, and has spawned multiple worldwide hit singles, with “Levitating” earning the title of Billboard’s No. 1 Hot 100 Song of 2021. In addition to breaking solo records, Dua proved to be a formidable collaborator, with Elton John’s “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” landing them the honor of Variety’s 2022 Hitmakers of the Year.
Dua has found superstar status on stage and off, thanks to her many passions outside the world of music. 2022 saw Dua launch Service95, a global style, culture, and society editorial platform inspired by her lifelong habit of curating extensive recommendations lists. The accompanying podcast, Dua Lipa: At Your Service, features thoughtful conversations with high-profile guests from fellow performers and artists to authors and activists, and has been lauded in publications including The Sunday Times, Vogue, The Guardian and was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2022 by Spotify. Dua’s passion for reading and affinity for storytelling led her to launch the third and latest branch of the platform, the Service95 Book Club.
As a fashion icon, Dua has graced the cover of every major fashion magazine worldwide from Vogue and Elle to W and Dazed. Most recently, Dua co-designed Versace’s “La Vacanza” collection, alongside the iconic Donatella Versace herself. The womenswear collection debuted at a fashion show in Cannes on May 23rd and is now available in store and online. Vogue called the collection, “the hottest collaboration of the summer” while Vogue Runway’s review of the show hailed it “an instantly desirable, flattering summer wardrobe.”
Dua’s eponymous 2017 debut album is certified platinum, spawned six platinum tracks, and made her the first female artist in Brit Awards history to pick up five nominations in a single year. Dua has a total of 8 Grammy nominations, with three wins for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording. Across platforms globally, she has amassed over 27 billion streams and holds the record for having the top two most streamed albums by a female artist of all time on Spotify.
About Patti Smith
Patti Smith is a writer, performer and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock, and has released 12 albums, including Horses (1975), which has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Smith had her first exhibition of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. Her books include Just Kids – winner of the National Book Award in 2010 – Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, Auguries Of Innocence, M Train, Year Of The Monkeyand, most recently, A Book Of Days. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honour given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.