Just Kids

Just Kids

From Brooklyn To The Chelsea Hotel: A Life Of Art And Friendship

Book - 2010
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In this tough, tender memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York as she shares tales of the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplthorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
Publisher: New York: Harpercollins 2010.
ISBN: 9780066211312
006621131X
Characteristics: xii, 278 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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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.

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nannerl
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.

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JILLYJELLY
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.

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AL_SIMONE
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.

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Zoomerofall
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.

librarylizzard Jul 31, 2015

This was a fantastic recording, as it's read by Patti Smith. Her inflections and strange pronunciations were a bit annoying at first, but hey, she's the real deal and it's her life and experiences being talked about. Not only did I learn a ton about her and her odd relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, I felt like I was there and experiencing NYC in the late 60s. Sure, it's no groundbreaking literary achievement (as many reviews point out), but it is Patti talking about Patti, and it feels genuine. I would suggest this to anyone who wants to learn more about the artsy scene of Andy Warhol, the Chelsea Hotel, and the freer, unmoored existence that was possible during that time.

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