Patti Smith performs; Nicole Richie disappoints

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There were two Beverly Hills book bashes Tuesday night. Just three blocks from each other, the literary events were an entire universe apart.

One was a low-key elegant affair at the Ralph Lauren store on Rodeo Drive for photographer Steven Sebring's "Bygone Days." The coffee table book is a collection of Americana photos taken by Sebring's 90-year-old uncle, John Penor, that Sebring lovingly recreated using old negatives found in trunks.

Sebring's entire family was there, along with his pal, punk rock pioneer and poet Patti Smith, who wrote the book's forward.

Photo: Punk poet Patti Smith plays at Steven Sebring's "Bygone Days" book bash
(Eric Neitzel / WireImage)