Just Kids by Patti SmithJust Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids

byPatti Smith

Paperback | November 2, 2010

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In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.  An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

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 albumHorses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe’s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books includeWitt,Babel,Woolgathering,The Coral Sea, andA...
Title:Just KidsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060936223

ISBN - 13:9780060936228


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, and surprisingly so This book completely surpassed all my expectations. It's beautifully written, insightful and very moving. A year after first reading it, I still find myself still returning to parts that made an impression on me.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST add to your libaray I knew this book would be good, but I didn't realize it would be in my top favourite books. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend A unique look into her life before fame. The people, the places all described in Patti's unique writing style that makes the story unforgettable just like her poetry
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read this! This book was gifted to me by a friend and wow am I ever lucky. Patti Smith has such a unique way of describing her life and all the different people she met along the way. I felt like I was in the room with her. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Storytelling Draws you into the people and settings of her past in an irresistible way. Clever, beautiful imagery and stories.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's something about this book... I passed by this book so many times before finally settling on reading it. It has quickly become my favourite book, and the respect and admiration I have for both Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe has intensified. I knew little of Smith and had some idea of Mapplethorpe's work, though this book fully brought me into their world and took me along on their journey. I didn't want it to end. Touching, beautifully written and an overall wonderful addition to any collection.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotional journey I was given this novel as a gift and, although it took me some time to come around and finish it, I must say it was worth it. It is an honest look into Patti's memories and it is very beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, romantic, sad I received this book as a gift a while back and I love it. You feel as if you're there with Patti in a lot of these moments and she's honest about their relationship, the smooth and the rough parts. Even if you're not truly a fan of Patti Smith I think you would still be able to appreciate the sweetness of their relationship and their bond they shared up until the very last page. They share a unique loving friendship that makes this book a worthwhile read, to any and all readers-of a certain age-. Also brutally honest about the lows in their relationship, so glad she shared their story<3
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good read! I am not normally one to read biography, self-biography but so glad I picked up this book. The stories between Patti and Robert were so interesting to read. And to be able to get a glimpse of that generation and the art and music culture was so cool. I really enjoyed this book, and it introduced me to Robert's work which I became obsessed with. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A glimpse into a untouchable world I loved this book! Patti Smith gives the reader a glimpse into a world that seems so familiar (because we recognize so many of the characters she meets) yet is so untouchable. It was really interesting to read about her as an artist still exploring and trying and to see other artists that we know so well doing the same thing.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poetic, evocative, enduring I've read this book twice in the past three years. Smith writes in a voice so elegant, I get swept under her imagery and could revisit her stories again and again. A behind-the-curtains peek at a legend as she was in the making, and one of the relationships that defined her. HUGE recommendation for anyone into boho-chic, romantic/dirty New York, gender renegades, and those needing a little kick in the ass to keep pursuing the art that matters to them.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Romantic & Heartbreaking Content I enjoyed reading this book, it was romantic in the way that it described New York City and her early days living on her own. The book gets very deep and heartbreaking when she describes the relationship of hers changing course and it just made me feel like I was living along side her, getting to live out the life experiences too. SO GOOD.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from five stars This novel is so beautifully written. From walking around the streets of New York for the first time to meeting with famous artists and musicians- it felt as if I were with Patti on her journey the entire time.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poetic memoir of a friendship I highly recommend the audiobook version of this book. Listening to Patti tell her story in her distinctive voice is such a great way to experience this memoir.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful whilst i've come to understand that patti smith's prose isn't everyone's favourite, it never fails to dazzle me. in this recounting of her beginnings as an artist and of her relationship with robert mapplethorpe, she has made me want to create again. art is everywhere in this book, and i will forever cherish what it gave me. this book made me want to create again, and i'll never stop being grateful for that.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very detailed book! It amazes me how Patti Smith can remember that many tiny details about her past. Touching, beautiful.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Genius Patti Smiths Just Kids is such a poetic work of art. It is so intimate, and captures many of her deepest memories growing up. It is a must read if you're a fan or not of her music.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Such a beautifully written book
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love!! so fascinating, felt as if i was experiencing it with her. defs recomend!!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking story of their lives This book has inspired me in so many ways, the way I see art, the way I see people... The story that she tells about their lives is just so captivating and the way she writes is simply amazing.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible friendship story This book took me a little bit to get into, but now that I'm into it. Wow! I absolutely love the story of Robert and Patti. It's so interesting and layered and you just can't wait to learn more about their time together.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! One of the greatest books I have ever read about true love, friendship and companionship.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book Revived my love of reading This is the first book I read coming out of a 10 year book drought and I pulled me back to my love of reading once and for all. So honnest and real you cant help but join Patty's world. Tear Jerking and Moving
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Bought this book and could not put it down. Smith incorporates such honest, passionate, and sincere storytelling into her writing. A beautiful look into Patti Smith's and Robert Mapplethorpe's lives and the unraveling New York art scene during the time. Would re-read again for sure !
Date published: 2016-07-01
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

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

“Smith lovingly depicts the denizens of the Chelsea Hotel - is that Janis Joplin at the bar? - and the rock club CBGB, all the while pondering how to be an uncompromising artist who nonetheless needs to pay the rent.”