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A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists--Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - whose passion fueled their lifelong ...Show synopsisA 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.Hide synopsis
Just Kids (Ecco Press) – Hardcover (2010)
Hardcover, Ecco Press 2010
ISBN: 0062014951 ISBN-13: 9780062014955
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. ...Show moreIt 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.Hide
Description:Fine. 0062014951 This copy is #913 of 1000 in this Deluxe...Fine. 0062014951 This copy is #913 of 1000 in this Deluxe Limited Edition, which is signed by Patti Smith on the limitation page and also includes a broadside of poetry. No jacket as issued. Original outer shipping box included, shows some mild wear and bumping. Limited edition box is clean and unmarked, as is the book and broadside. An attractive set. Deluxe Limited Edition. Jacket Condition: No Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7 3/4 in-9 3/4 in tall. Year: 2010.
Description:As New. Book. Signed by Author(s) Signed elegantly by the author...As New. Book. Signed by Author(s) Signed elegantly by the author on the limitation page. This beautiful commemorative deluxe limited edition of this year's surprise National Book Award Winner was strictly limited to 1000 signed and numbered copies, and celebrates the astonishing critical and popular acclaim this iconic memoir deservedly received. This special edition is bound in blue silk cloth with a clamshell case, and includes a two-color interior and a broadside featuring a never-before-published poem by Patti Smith called "Reflecting Robert". It is brand new, in mint condition, with no dust jacket, as issued, and will ship in the publisher's original shipping carton. It would make an invaluable addition to any collector's library, or the perfect gift for the Patti Smith fan in your life. Sure to appreciate in value. Please note: The copy pictured here has previously been sold, so your copy will bear a different number. I ship all of my books in sturdy, very well-padded boxes, so they are guaranteed to arrive in the exact same condition as when they left. Please feel free to email with any questions and thank you for supporting small independent booksellers everywhere.
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 ...
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 ...
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!
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