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.

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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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Title:Just KidsFormat: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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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.

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“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.”