Just Kids

Just Kids

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Unabridged
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In Just Kids, Patti Smith s first book ofprose, 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 Hotelin 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062111678
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file: 9 hrs., 50 mins.) : digital


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Oct 02, 2018

Exceptionally well written poetic justice from an era on the cusp of change and the loss of innocence.

librarylizzard Jul 31, 2015

This was a fantastic recording, as it's read by Patti Smith. Her inflections and strange pronunciations were a bit annoying at first, but hey, she's the real deal and it's her life and experiences being talked about. Not only did I learn a ton about her and her odd relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, I felt like I was there and experiencing NYC in the late 60s. Sure, it's no groundbreaking literary achievement (as many reviews point out), but it is Patti talking about Patti, and it feels genuine. I would suggest this to anyone who wants to learn more about the artsy scene of Andy Warhol, the Chelsea Hotel, and the freer, unmoored existence that was possible during that time.

Apr 16, 2013

It's quite wonderful to hear Patti Smith read the account of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Additionally it's interesting to hear her talk about Harry Smith, Sam Shephard, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

You have the added benefit of hearing the author give phrasing to her poetry when she reads her work near the end of this recording.


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