Description Patti Smith’s evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists--Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe – whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art. In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years--the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near. Winner of the 2010 National Book Award (non fiction).
Just Kids - Staff Choice by Renate After Patti Smith’s 3rd visit to our store in Amsterdam, I decided it was time to read her memoir, which I’ve heard so much about. I finished reading it on the train home to my parents, and had a big lump in my throat as I closed the book. It was such a beautiful read and I just stared smilingly and full of wonderful sadness at the people sitting in front of me. They must’ve thought I was a crazy person.
Just Kids - Customer Choice by Liselore van der Zweth Although I immediately bought this book at ABC when it came out 5 years ago, I never got around to reading it. Once in a while I would take it from the shelf with every intention of starting it, but I never did until this year. I was going to see Patti live in Paradiso and the week before, I dove into Just Kids and devoured it. Fresh and evocative, this loving portrait of a young Patti coming to New York, meeting Robert Mapplethorpe and developing as an artist is so full of life it almost leaps off the page. When I finished it, I immediately started M Train, which is a very different book, but just as wonderful.
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