Just Kids

Just Kids

Book - 2010
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An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship, and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in an illustrated memoir that includes a colorful cast of characters, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and William Burroughs.


In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.  An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

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In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : 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 Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in an illustrated memoir that includes a colorful cast of characters, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, William Burroughs and more. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780066211312
Branch Call Number: B SMITH PATTI
Characteristics: 278 p.: ill., ports.; 24 cm


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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.

Tyler__J Jun 10, 2015

Patti Smith's memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe is intensely personal and beautifully written. I came to this book knowing very little about either of these artists but come away feeling like I have a strong sense of them both as human beings. This is Smith's triumph - she shows the person behind the art, so that even if the art does not appeal to you (as I do not share Mapplethorpe's artistic obsessions, or can call myself a Patti Smith fan), you are made to understand the struggle and the commitment. There are some very funny vignettes in here as well (her meetings with Ginsberg and Dali are gold) to counterpoint the slow movement towards the last separation. This is the most moving book I have read in years and I recommend it highly.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 05, 2014

The title of Smith's memoir comes from a comment she and Robert Mapplethorpe overheard about them while they were on Coney Island in 1969. The photograph of them taken that day (on the book's cover) depicts a young man who would become one of the century's most controversial photographers, and his muse, a poet, artist, and future punk rock goddess. With its roots in the New York counter culture of the late sixties and early seventies, their story is equally revealing, moving, tragic and memorable.

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