Just Kids Paperback – 4 Jan 2011
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'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' (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' (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)
Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert MapplethorpeSee all Product description
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Now I must read Rimbaud, who Patti Smith reverences, and references continually.
Just Kids is inspiring. From a time when not only bank or social media conglomerate employees inhabited metropolitan centres - and a certain kind of louche poverty mothered the necessity of their pushy self-invention. Kind of innocent despite all the sex & drugs & rock and roll. Liked the beginning and middle more than end, but such is life.
Pls also read I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp if you haven't already, for the genius Mr R Hell's very forensicly poetic examination of his own journey in same era.
It's really touching to read how she and Robert Mapplethorpe look out for each other as they struggle to become artists and inspiring to hear how much they galvanise each other's talent and ambition. They must seem, in hindsight at least, to be the oddest of odd couples yet the most affecting and somehow the truest thing in the book is their love for each other. Patti Smith is probably the only person that could have lived this story and she's certainly the only person that could tell it with so much honesty and grace.
This book should appeal not only to fans of Patti and her music but also those wishing to explore the rapidly changing arts scene of New York in the 1960s and `70s.
The craftsmanship of their exchanges develops their affinity. The relics exchanged become talismans of a greatness they would embrace. The iconic nature of their social interactions presents the framework of their eventual excellence. Your senses are enveloped by the severance of Smith and Mapplethorpes relationship while equally being fascinating by their indirect codependence.
The coalescence of homosexuality and heterosexuality edifies the morality of burgeoning culture. Their love proves that the binary of sexuality fails to appreciate the beauty of human interaction.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend this book to others.