Just Kids

Just Kids

Audiobook CD - 2011
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In the summer when Coltrane died, poet Patti Smith fell in love with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Eventually the two joined up with the Andy Warhol superstars and called later Hotel Chelsea home. Here the author recounts her passionate romance and the incredible artistic atmosphere of the 1960s in this National Book Award-winning biography.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, [2011]
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9780062193926
Branch Call Number: CD 782.42166 Sm634S 2011
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (approximately 600 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 25, 2018

Patti Smith's memoir of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe beginning in 1967 and ending around the time that her debut album came out in 1975. She covers her relationship with Mapplethorpe after that period but the focus is on the years that they lived together first in Brooklyn, then in Manhattan.

I knew next to nothing about Smith prior to reading this, so I found myself spending a lot of time doing additional reading. Smith has a gift for writing. Her background in poetry really shines through and her love for Mapplethorpe.

DBRL_IdaF Mar 14, 2018

Fascinating. I'm a long-time fan of Patti Smith's music. I had very little knowledge of Robert Mapplethorpe, except to know his work was controversial. It was interesting reading about the development of their two artistic visions and the relationship between them as friends and as artists.

seeknofurther Jan 10, 2017

A sublime and moving account of her early days with Robert Mapplethorpe. Beautifully written with many of their experiences in their gradual journey to notoriety and fame.

Pippi_L Jan 03, 2017

A fascinating story.

Oct 18, 2016

Interesting from a rock history perspective, and a peek at the New York scene in the late 70s. However, I found the author to be irritatingly pretentious and desperate to be regarded as intelligentsia, lest we think she's just a punk rocker. Also, she emphasizes throughout the book about how much Mapplethorpe loved her. I have no reason to doubt it, but I wondered why she went on and on about it, enough already. No real insight into what really made Mapplethorpe tick. I'd like to know more about his early life.

Sep 03, 2016

Great book, very informative and interesting. She had some real balls!!! It's a snapshot of a magical time in history, especially at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC.

Aug 15, 2016

This is the story of Smith's relationship to Robert Mapplethorpe (the decidedly controversial and wonderful photographer), and is in many ways less of an autobiography than an homage to her beloved friend and collaborator. It's also a cool window into the art and culture scene in New York City in the 70s, so pure and true. Also note: I'm not a huge fan of her music, but I am a huge fan of her writing. This book showcases why.

Dec 09, 2015

Even if you don't like Patti Smith's poetry or music, give this book a try. She tells an amazing story really well.

imissmyrexix Dec 09, 2015

This is the first book I've ever commented on and, unfortunately, I read all the below reviews first. I agree with all the positive comments and doubt I can add anything more insightful and meaningful than what's already been said. I was very moved with the way Patti was able to describe the complicated choices each of them made on a path they both had to learn to carve out for themselves. Both Patti and Robert as honest as bones. I loved the book very much and read it once then listened to Patti reading it which added even more.

JCLBeckyC Dec 08, 2015

An evocative story of unconventional and unconditional love between Godmother of Punk Patti Smith and photography icon Robert Mapplethorpe. It's been nearly five years since I first read this memoir, and yet I still savor scenes from it as if they are my own personal memories, Smith so skillfully immerses the reader into her life experiences. Recommended for art lovers and punk rockers and anyone who appreciates memoirs of people with depth and intensity.

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