Just Kids

Just Kids

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A richly illustrated edition of Patti Smith's classic memoir incorporates new material and previously unpublished photographs into the story of her artistic collaboration with Robert Mapplethorpe in the heyday of early 1970s New York City.


Patti Smith’s National Book Award–winning memoir, now richly illustrated with new material and never-before-seen photographs 

Patti’s Smith’s exquisite prose is generously illustrated in this full-color edition of her classic coming-of-age memoir, Just Kids. New York locations vividly come to life where, as young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe met and fell in love: a first apartment in Brooklyn, Times Square with John and Yoko’s iconic billboard, Max’s Kansas City, or the gritty fire escape of the Hotel Chelsea. The extraordinary people who passed through their lives are also pictured: Sam Shepard, Harry Smith, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg. Along with never-before-published photographs, drawings, and ephemera, this edition captures a moment in New York when everything was possible. And when two kids seized their destinies as artists and soul mates in this inspired story of love and friendship.

& Taylor

An illustrated edition of Patti Smith's classic memoir incorporates new material and previously unpublished photographs into the story of her artistic collaboration with Robert Mapplethorpe in the heyday of early 1970s New York City.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: Illustrated edition
ISBN: 9780062873743
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 Sm634j 2018
Characteristics: xiii, 365 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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PimaLib_WilliamB Nov 04, 2015

“A beautiful memoir by one of my greatest artistic heroes. Smith brings to words the magical idealism of young, broke artists, along with the painful heartbreaks of a life well lived.”

-Kelly at Main

Patti Smith is an experimental, intelligent, bohemian soul with the talent of a natural poet. A national treasure.

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Apr 05, 2019

For a life and relationships of such inherent interest, this memoir is surprisingly flat and boring in the telling.

sclibrary_Rachelgail Mar 15, 2019

Loved this love story of a beautiful friendship. It was fun to grow up with Patti Smith and learn about her deepest influences.

Jan 25, 2019

I enjoyed this quite a bit. I thought it was a real love story, though not in a conventional sense. I later bought copies for two friends who love music and the arts. Quick warning it does have some lurid scenes - they didn't bother me, as i was expecting from an arts and rock n roll book set in the 70s/80s - but it may not be for everyone. It was impressive that Patti Smith "really" wrote it without a ghost writer, but with that said it wasn't Shakespeare.

Aug 01, 2018

Good (but not very good) writing; little self awareness; mostly a homage to Robert; for fans.

Jul 03, 2018

This book will genuinely transport you to its time and place. To love the book, you need to give a hoot about life for a tortured genius pair, one proto-punk and one emergent gay icon, in the deliciously seedy NYC of the late '60s thru mid '70s. If this is up your alley, you just might plow through this little bible again and again.

Apr 25, 2018

Patti Smith's memoir of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe beginning in 1967 and ending around the time that her debut album came out in 1975. She covers her relationship with Mapplethorpe after that period but the focus is on the years that they lived together first in Brooklyn, then in Manhattan.

I knew next to nothing about Smith prior to reading this, so I found myself spending a lot of time doing additional reading. Smith has a gift for writing. Her background in poetry really shines through and her love for Mapplethorpe.

DBRL_IdaF Mar 14, 2018

Fascinating. I'm a long-time fan of Patti Smith's music. I had very little knowledge of Robert Mapplethorpe, except to know his work was controversial. It was interesting reading about the development of their two artistic visions and the relationship between them as friends and as artists.

seeknofurther Jan 10, 2017

A sublime and moving account of her early days with Robert Mapplethorpe. Beautifully written with many of their experiences in their gradual journey to notoriety and fame.

Pippi_L Jan 03, 2017

A fascinating story.

Oct 18, 2016

Interesting from a rock history perspective, and a peek at the New York scene in the late 70s. However, I found the author to be irritatingly pretentious and desperate to be regarded as intelligentsia, lest we think she's just a punk rocker. Also, she emphasizes throughout the book about how much Mapplethorpe loved her. I have no reason to doubt it, but I wondered why she went on and on about it, enough already. No real insight into what really made Mapplethorpe tick. I'd like to know more about his early life.

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