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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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A natural writer
Patti employs a poetic economy with her words that drives the story along nicely.
Her memory for the details of that long ago era is remarkable, helped, no doubt by the diary that she kept all those years.
She is a true artist that never sold out for fame or money. Her performance of Because the Night with Bruce Springsteen this year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the highlight of an already stellar show.
Patti, please bring on Volume 2 when you are ready.
Fantastic story of two artists in the making!
This book is an amazingly well-written story of two artists who see things differently from the rest of us. While their careers took wildly different paths, their love and support for each other endured. Patti Smith, the god mother of punk, and Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer and provocateur extraordinaire … a fascinating look into their lives before they burst onto the NYC art scene. One of the best books I've read this year!
Wow and wow and whoa -- I'm a child of the early 70's and was so deeply moved by the Patti Smith I never knew I didn't know. I hope she reads this and knows that her tales of being a kid ("kid"?) with Robert should be school reading requirement all over the country. My love for this book leaves me wordless. An unfamiliar place for me. Hope Patti reads all of these - SHE'S the beautiful work of art in this universe. Patti I wish I knew you....