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Patti Smith

Just Kids by Patti Smith Book Summary

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists’ ascent, a prelude to fame.

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Book Name Just Kids
Genre Literary Criticism
Language English
E-Book Size 2.38 MB

Just Kids (Patti Smith) Book Reviews 2023

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It was the photo that intrigued me.... But the writing held me. I found myself researching the characters (FM radio was off limits when I was a teen) and loved the depths of the friendship, bond between these two. Great read.

Patti Smith. I’m glad you guys enjoyed my book.

I was there.. I really was not present, I was born about the time Patti's first record came out, but her writing brought me to each moment. I felt like I knew she and Robert through hearing their tale. I walked the streets of New York with them, and then after putting the book down sat outside the Chelsea and marveled. Walked through Times Square at night, and strolled through the village. What a time, what a place, what a guide. As an musician, I respect, as a writer - I am a fan.

Just kids. Awesome, thoughtful,thought provoking, insightful( no drugs, not a lesbian).....who knew!

maybe if the pictures were included.... Marginally interesting stuff about artists in the 60s, but not that well written. Pretty much 200 pages of her going on and on about how wonderful her relationship with Maplethorpe was and how very artistic they were. And the IBook version has none of the pictures!

Just Kids. While in Paris this February I was sick and convalescing in our apartment. My boyfriend went to a cafe to meet a friend and sitting next to him was Patti Smith. I never really knew why I was so distraught at missing this moment in time, but as an artist myself I knew that something big happened and I wasn't a part of it. A friend told me about Just Kids and I downloaded the book to have for another time. I soaked this book up like a sponge in less than a week. It was written in such a beautiful hand that I now feel I carry with me part of this beautiful love affair between artist and muse. Highly recommend.

Very very good.. Eye opening to another way of life.

An unexpected delight. I only new Patti Smith as the singer -- until this book, I didn't realize she was such a gifted writer. Another review described her "economy writing" style and I think this is a very good description. Clean. To the point. Lyrical. Until this book, I didn't know she and Mapplethorpe had a relationship, much less one as lasting as it was. Don't expect a sensational tell-all autobiohtsphy. Smith is extremely respectful and protective of Mapplethorpe and their relationship. You get the sense there was so much more she could share but wouldn't. This book gives readers insight into both of their art. And the chaos of NYC in the '70s. Fantastic read.

Eh. After doing somewhat extensive research on Robert Mapplethorne, I realized that Smith sugar-coated majority of the book. If you're looking for something either highly romantic or something primarily about Mapplethorne, I suggest you look elsewhere. This book mostly just boasts about how they both became "iconic" which I never subscribed to any of that. Patti Smith wasn't a legendary singer and Robert was no Picasso. The most fascinating parts of the book were about Robert but you don't get to enjoy it because again, she sugar-coated everything. Blah!

Just Kids. Incredible book. Some books you read, & even if they touch you at the time, you forget them. I will never forget this book.

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!

Immortal Words. Patti Smith definitely found the voice and the immortal words to tell the spellbinding story of an everlasting friendship, the bonds of which many of us will never experience to such a degree.

Nonsense. Self absorbed and idolatrous.

You must read this book.. This is the most touching, inspiring, and beautiful story. You must read this book.

I have to pay for it again an I already own it. Not good butt good book

Wonderful!!. Couldn't put it down...beautifully written. The imagery is so vivid that you feel you are actually there with her as she goes through her remarkable story. One of the best books I've ever read!

Excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Just Kids. I can honestly say that this book has brought out emotions/feelings in me that I thought were lost a long time ago. It is truly enlightening. I have always admired Robert Mapplethorp's art and have just recently discovered Patti Smith's work. I have always been aware of her through the years, but I was not mentally mature enough to "get" her. This book is one of those books that I know for a fact I will enjoy over and over through the years.

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.

Totally Captivated. I haven't read a book in a long time, maybe ever, that had such a profound effect on me as Just Kids did. I was completely immersed in the story of Patti Smith's life and hung on to every detail. She took romantic to an entirely new level. I am completely fascinated and deeply touched by the lifestyle of her and Robert Mappelthorpe. It's difficult to explain, but this book has made me appreciate life more and all of the wonderful things that are possible and the extent of human emotion. I appreciated Patti Smith's realness. She wasn't fueled by drugs, but rather by the beauty of life. The relationship that formed between Patti and Robert was truly inspiring. To witness first hand that soul mates do exist. It was sometimes hard to believe that I was reading about someone's real life because that is how interesting the events were. As far as portraying the times and the characters during which the events of the story unfolded, I couldn't imagine a better presentation. I was deeply moved by Just Kids and sad at the end, not only because of the tragic nature of the story, but that I had no more of the wonderful tale to read.

Speechless. 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....

just kids. Incredible writing about incredible lives surrounded by incredible characters. Best read this year by far.

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