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Just Kids

Lu par : Patti Smith
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National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2010

Patti Smith’s evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists--Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe – whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art.

In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years--the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near.

©2010 Patti Smith (P)2011 Patti Smith

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Une amitié hors du commun

Beau récit d'une poète qui nous plonge dans son univers, et nous livre avec une grande humilité une autobiographie non pas centrée sur elle-même mais sur la belle relation qu'elle a entretenu avec son amant, muse et confident, Robert Mapplethorpe. De grands moments d'émotion.

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  • Michelle
  • 21/09/2011

Pure gold.

This audio book had me spellbound. I was transported - lost in the world of Patti and Robert, New York City, 1960's and was oblivious to everyone and everything around me. I hung off every word, and 'couldn't put it down'. If you admire the work of Robert Mapplethorpe and/or Patti Smith you will love this book like I did. But I think even if you have never heard of either of them, you will love it. It stands alone as a love story, a life story, beautifully crafted. That Patti Smith herself has narrated the book makes the audio book even better than reading it visually would be. Her voice adds to the magic. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Kate
  • 21/08/2012

Great!

I've been a fan of Patti Smith's music for years, but initially hesitated to listen to this book because I thought it might be mainly about the relationship between two people, one of whom died tragically young, and therefore a bit depressing. I'm so glad I did listen to it, because it's very much a portrait of a time and place (the late 1960s and the 1970s in New York). It is also about the relationship between Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe, which is handled in a delicate and not at all maudlin way. I gained a lot of insight into all of the participants and their artistic milieu, making me curious to know more about some aspects of the latter, even though I'd already read a fair bit about the topic. The book is read very well by Patti Smith in her distinctive way, which somehow manages to combine directness and deceptive simplicity with emotional complexity and surprising ideas, just like her music. This is a well-crafted and sensitive book that impresses me with Patti Smith's writing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/01/2019

Already loved both Robert and Patti

and this made me love them more than before, with extra insight into how they were when they worked and into their dynamic as people

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  • Liam K
  • 04/09/2017

Incredible, beautiful book

I highly recommend this book! The fact that it is read by Patti Smith makes it even that much more powerful!

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  • malcolm larri
  • 26/04/2017

So beautiful

I didn't want it to end...magical and engaging and Patti's voice is hypnotic.

Moving straight on to her next book

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  • Lisa
  • 22/08/2016

Patti Smith reading is pure gold

This is by far one of the most precious audio book experiences that I've ever had.

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  • Neil Taylor
  • 28/11/2015

Beautiful, sorrowful, heartfelt

Any additional comments?

Patti Smith is a woman who has always taken her art and her writing seriously, so it was no surprise that Just Kids should be such a finely-crafted work. A beautiful, yet sorrowful elegy for a youth of dreams, ideals, hardship and loss. Patti's own voice is probably the ideal medium to tell the story of her life with, and without, Robert Mapplethorpe, though at times her mournful delivery can overshadow moments that in print at least, may have been more uplifting.

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  • Les Ross
  • 17/06/2015

drawl-ings

If you could sum up Just Kids in three words, what would they be?

Very Good Indeed

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really applicable as it's a memoir. Possibly 'the period' is the best character.

Have you listened to any of Patti Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any other of her performances. I listened to this book for the insight to Robert Mapplethorpe. Discovering Patti Smith along the way was an outstanding bonus. I'll certainly read any other memoirs she brings to the market.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Excellent. Unequivocally so.

Any additional comments?

None

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  • jennifer
  • 20/08/2012

Artist Tribe

What made the experience of listening to Just Kids the most enjoyable?

Having Patti Smith narrate it

What did you like best about this story?

It re-connected me to my path as an Artist. It made me long for creativity and self-expression in a way that is poetic and meaningful. One of the most inspiring stories I've read/listened to for living a unique and self-directed life.

Which character – as performed by Patti Smith – was your favorite?

Patti's

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Free Soul

Any additional comments?

Patti is an amazing storyteller with a unique voice, as unique as her life story and the characters that are a part of it. She is a wise and intuitive woman and her tale is deep and poetic.

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  • Christer Nuutinen
  • 18/08/2012

How To Become An Artist Through Hardships

After listening to the audio version read by Patti Smith herself, it's easy to understand why she is such a remarkable poet. The book is based mostly on Smith's own diary entries, which she has reinterpreted as a narrative.

Smith indeed gravitated to the right place at a right time when entering the artistic hub of early 70's Manhattan art scene and especially Chelsea Hotel.

You might call her lucky to have stumbled upon all the art and music greats mentioned also in this book. Still, the road was rocky indeed and the way she instinctively finds her place during this book is a lesson in itself and a great coming-of-age story.

Smith tells about even the most mundane incidents with an admirable knack at storytelling. Her poetic way of suffering the hardships with dignity and savouring the beauty in the small joys of life makes for a great listen.

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  • fasty73
  • 29/07/2016

Einfach wunderbar

Ich hab selten ein so persönlich Buch gelesen wie dieses. Patti Smith gibt einen so privaten Einblick in ihr Leben, dass man mit ihr gemeinsam alle Emotionen durchlebt. Ein Muss für alle Fans von Musik, Kunst, Poesie und New York. Einfach wunderbar.

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  • Elvi
  • 03/09/2017

Eine einzigartige Freundschaft

Großartiges Buch über die Beziehung zwischen Patti Smith und Robert Mapplethorpe, gesprochen von Patti höchstpersönlich. Am Anfang eine Geschichte von zwei Teenagern, die sich zusammen tun, um Hand in Hand die schwierigen Umstände des Künstler Daseins durchzustehen. In der Mitte interessante Eindrücke von der Künstlerszene in New York und den USA in den 70er und 80er Jahren, inklusive Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix und dem berüchtigten Chelsea Hotel. Am Ende eine intensive, emotionale Erzählung über den Tod und den Wert von Freundschaft. Herausragend.