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Just Kids

by Patti Smith

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 25, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Just Kids is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.25 × 5.58 × 0.75 in

Published: October 25, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060936223

ISBN - 13: 9780060936228

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Live her life I couldn't put this down. Patti Smith is an excellent writer, all the details you want are there. I felt like I was experiencing all of it with her. If you're interested in friendship, the rock star life, New York back then, you've got your book. Great!
Date published: 2012-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Diary of a Friendship "The Diary of a Friendship" is a review Rene Richard gave Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpes' calibration art show in 1978. This is exactly how I'd describe, Just Kids by Patti Smith, a poetic and intimate "Diary of a Friendship." Even if you don't know who Patti Smith, a singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist from the 70's, is, you will still be utterly moved and touched by this outstanding memoir.
Date published: 2011-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't Bad I love Patti Smiths music so when this book came out I ran out to purhase it. Overall I felt that it was enjoyable. There were places where I felt she dwelt a little too long but I still enjoyed what she had to say.
Date published: 2010-09-17

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Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.25 × 5.58 × 0.75 in

Published: October 25, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060936223

ISBN - 13: 9780060936228

About the Book

Smith's evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, "Just Kids" is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist's calling.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe?s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.

From Our Editors

INDIGO RECOMMENDS: A riveting and heartfelt memoir about the beginnings of friendship and the wellspring of artistic expression by the poet and singer Patti Smith. Just Kids recounts her early days in New York in the 1970s with Robert Mapplethorpe as they fell in love and found their way towards careers in poetry, music and photography. The city comes vividly to life and their tales of struggle and achievement amidst people like Warhol, Ginsberg and Janis Joplin are so convincingly rendered that it feels like the reader was there. This tribute to her best friend and their artistic lives together and apart will resonate with readers who appreciate a poetic sensibility and a look into the source of a creative life.

Editorial Reviews

"Patti Smith''s telling of the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorpe is full of optimism sprinkled with humor...JUST KIDS...is sorely lacking in irony or cynicism; Smith''s worldview is infectious. She''s a jumble of influences, but that''s part of her charm." (Austin American-Statesman)