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, ...
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.
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An emotional bond described between soul mates unbroken over time, drugs or gender affiliations. Rare under any circumstance, particularly in NY during those days of heady artistic foment.
Sep 29, 2011
A Revolutionary Remembers
Sometimes it's about being in the right place at the right time and Patti Smith certainly was. Now, all these years later, we get to hear the stories too, and great ones they are.
'Just Kids' is chock-full of wonderful anecdotes about the greats and the unknowns who shaped the New York music and art scene in the 60s, and 70's and whose influences on outsider culture in those days reverberate today in the mainstream.
Unflinchingly honest, and recalled with crystal clarity, Smith's remarkable memoir of this pivotal period in American art is a well-deserved award winner.
Once again, as we move further into the 21st Century, our minds and hearts are stirred by Patti Smith.
May 26, 2011
If the essence of art is simplicity, an expression of feelings and thoughts with no artifice but the clear light of something authentic, "Just Kids" by Patti Smith achieves it, and more. To read it is not to reminisce about days which may have existed only for a very few, but to be drawn into two lives that mattered so much, each to the other, and quickly come to mean as much to us.
May 19, 2011
Not just kids!
They were ahead of their time, they were forever adults throughout their relationship. Great book, in so far, as I was living and attending just about the same places as those two were, Brought back many memories.
Sad demise as far as Robert was concerned!
Dec 2, 2010
I really loved this book. Patti Smith is a superb author!!
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