Just Kids


We love this meeting of two legendary minds, rock-and-roller Patti Smith and friend/photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and the journey we follow as Smith discovers her artistic voice. We particularly liked her description of the fear and exhilaration that accompanies improvisation, but we think the entire volume is quite swell.

From Amazon.com:

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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