Just Kids (Paperback)
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Just Kids (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 04/01/2011
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A stunningly evocative love letter both to the hip clientele of late 60s New York and to Smith’s lifelong friend, the controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Beautifully written, tender and atmospheric, Just Kids has become something of a modern classic.

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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780747568766
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The most beautiful, incredible autobiography - it will make you ache for a time and a place that you probably never knew, New York in the 1970s' - Nick Hornby 

'A sharp, elegiac and finely crafted tribute to their childlike, pre-fame romance, set against the thrilling back drop of New York's countercultural blast' - The Sunday Times 

'Terrifically evocative ... The most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late '60s and '70s that any alumnus has committed to print' - The New York Times 

'A tender, harrowing, often hilarious portrait of young lovers forging their paths in an eccentric milieu of Beat poets, Warhol socialites, and transvestites, rock stars and artists ... Much has been written about that time, but Just Kids offers new insight' - Vogue

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“Just Kids”

A beautiful memoir of two kindred spirits, Smith and Mapplethorpe, and their intense and loving friendship. Even if you have never heard of them, it’s a wonderful read about hopes and dreams written in Smith’s... More

Paperback edition
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“a book to discover Patti the artist”

Biographical books rarely start better than this: intimate and honest; moving and involving; poetic in rhythm and content.

Chapter one, Monday's Children, whisks the reader off to a childhood environment,... More

Paperback edition
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“Art and Love”

Musician/Poet Patti Smith's memoir is a tribute to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, to their relationship, and to a unique time and place. Most of all, however, this is a tribute to art, and the artist’s... More

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