Just Kids

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Harper Collins, Apr 20, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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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User Review  - Tia - Goodreads

Can we just be honest and cut the shit? This is an awful book. You may like Patti's music, or Robert's photography (I do), or the idea of NYC in the 60's and 70's. But this is so poorly written that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer O'Kelly - Goodreads

This book spoke right to my soul. It made me feel a lot of feelings, eat a lot of donuts, and make a lot of art. An absolute favourite. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe’s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.

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