Just Kids

Paperback | November 2, 2010

byPatti Smith

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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.

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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...

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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 b...

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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 ...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060936223

ISBN - 13:9780060936228

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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

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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.”