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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; First Paperback Edition edition (4 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747568766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747568766
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
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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)

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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 Mapplethorpe

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By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2016
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This is the story of how Patti Smith met and lived with the young Robert Mapplethorpe during the late 60's and 70's and how their relationship remained close even after he realised he was homosexual, and Patti Smith married and had a family. Their eventual success in their chosen fields - singer/songwriter, poet, artist, and in Mapplethorpe's case, photographer, did not come easy. The book is sometimes a shocking read as Smith recounts how they stole, took drugs, lived in squalor, and for Mapplethorpe at times selling his body for money as well as pleasure. Through it all they were unwavering in their determination to follow their art. Eventually, dying of Aids, Mapplethorpe wonders if the quest has caused his death. It's not an easy read but it's a fascinating one, as name upon name appears of the people who made the 60's what it was in the fields of art, music and writing.
Now I must read Rimbaud, who Patti Smith reverences, and references continually.
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By techpuppy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2011
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I guess if you want to know what actually happened at last night's party you should ask the most sober person there and for the creative orgy that was 70's New York City that person is Patti Smith. Having avoided the worst drug excesses of her contemporaries she's retained amongst the clearest recollection of that time.

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.
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I didn't know much about Patti Smith until I read her memoir- she's definitely a natural writer and real artist. With her words, we clearly lived her experiences and felt her surrounding experiences, a spiritual person and intuitive
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I've followed both artists for over 30 years; been to several Mapplethorpe exhibitions; I have several of his books and everything, including the occasional bootleg, by Patti dating back to '78. I even got to see her perform in 2003, so I thought that gave me the right to say I knew them quite well. I didn't. Patti's writing is so rich in detail about their shared lives and experiences and paints a picture of two people I've always thought of as solitary souls with real depth of emotions.
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This book was an unexpected treasure. I'm a fan of Patti smith, but you really don't need to be to enjoy this book
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Patti Smith is an amazing storyteller. I loved every moment of this book and was disappointed when it came to an end!
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killer book
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amazing beautiful book....a story of unconditional love....friendship......a lesson for us all....just beautiful....
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