Just Kids

Just Kids 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 da

  • Title: Just Kids
  • Author: Patti Smith
  • ISBN: 9780066211312
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 qualityIn 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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    About "Patti Smith"

    1. Patti Smith

      PATTI SMITH is a writer, performer, and visual artist She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone Smith had her first exhibit of drawings at the Gotham Book Mart in 1973 and has been represented by the Robert Miller Gallery since 1978 Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, W tt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 Smith married the musician Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980 They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse Smith resides in New York City.


    1. I never thought much about Patti Smith The images I saw of her never attracted me, and what I knew of her Rimbaud fixation turned me off I always had a problem with the Beat and Punk appropriation of Rimbaud as a figure of rebellion than a sophisticated poet For me poetry is a phenomenon of the page, not an outfit you wear down the street I also never got into Punk Rock Going to college in the fall of 1983 I had probably only heard of The Sex Pistols, though I had never listened to them Then wh [...]

    2. Stayin up for days in the Chelsea Hotel Just Kids makes me feel so damn left out If only I had been able to show up at the Chelsea in the early 1970s I coulda been a contender, I could have lived for art Oh yes, I would have been very na ve just like Patti had been at first I totally get that I don t think I could have been as brave tho Art is a harsh mistress Suddenly Robert looked up and said, Patti, did art get us I looked away, not really wanting to think about it I don t know, Robert I don [...]

    3. Looking For You I Was I can see why some reviews detect white washing or sugar coating in Just Kids , but I wanted desperately to believe the story Patti Smith was telling about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.Glitter in Their EyesPatti admits to her naivete, but I don t think she was trying to hide stuff from her kids or anything.Nor do I think she closed off her emotions about her past.Ultimately, the book is a love story, only the love extended over a long period, and sometimes it w [...]

    4. There are some moments of real poignancy here and some very deft turns of phrase, but I was also just bored stiff for most of it Clearly Smith has led a really interesting life, but she s just not a great writer The great bulk of the book was a long series of Then this happened Then that happened Then Robert did this Then I did that And while there is a lot of reflection about art, there is very little on the subject of her relationship with Mapplethorpe, supposedly the purpose of writing the bo [...]

    5. I admire this woman She writes a deft, deeply felt prose She has a peerless memory She remembers gestures, apparel worn thirty years ago, favorite objects, facial expressions, stretches of dialog She can reanimate for us moments of deep emotional complexity This was clearly a labor of love The character study of Robert Mapplethorpe is disturbing, shattering We watch Smith living with him as a veil is lifted from her awareness, as her empathy broadens and she carries the reader along with her Thi [...]

    6. 4.5 Stars It was the summer Coltrane died The summer of Crystal Ship Flower children raised their empty arms and China exploded the H bomb Jimi Hendrix set his guitar in flames in Monterey AM radio played Ode to Billie Joe There were riots in Newark, Milwaukee, and Detroit It was the summer of Elvira Madigan, the summer of love And in this shifting, inhospitable atmosphere, a chance encounter change the course of my life It was that summer when Patti Smith met Robert Mapplethorpe Just Kids is a [...]

    7. This book is remarkably easy to parody Here, I ll try I was crossing Tompkins Square Park when I ran into a young man wearing a gabardine vest He smiled at me and called me Sister It was a young George Carlin Robert hated him because he frequently had flakes of rye bread in his beard, but I loved how he could make me laugh with his impressions of Mick Jagger On this morning, though, we wept together at the news that Paul McCartney would have to sell his house in Cannes It was a sort of paradise [...]

    8. I loved this book I did not want it to end To be honest, I did not know much about Patti Smith other than her music When the book initially came out, I heard so many wonderful things about it I thought I should give it a shot But frankly, I was a bit tired of the musician bio books as some were just so dreadful I was so wrong to think that and hold off on this book.I decided to go with the audio I was immediately enthralled with it The audio is narrated by Smith and she does an incredible job Wh [...]

    9. Hi Ho, the artistic life I had very divergent feelings about Just Kids, Patti Smith s National Book Award winning memoir about her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe There were times that I felt moved by the beauty of her writing, and others in which I found her to be nothing than another spoiled, entitled kid who got where she got to, talented or not, because of connections It is not that Smith arrived in NYC with a list of names and numbers But she did have the good fortune to encounter a kn [...]

    10. I found this book incredibly boring It started off ok, but after a bit her writing style began to get on my nerves examples using the word for instead of because, as in I went to the diner, for I was hungry and I hadn t any money instead of I didn t have any money and I lay upon the mattress instead of the simpler, just fine, I lay on, ugh Pretentious Then she goes on and on and ON about Rimbaud Enough about Rimbaud already Seriously I m not kidding And Baudelaire Shut up Yawn Her sentences were [...]

    11. This book will be added to The Art Spirit as an essential volume on my writer s behind the desk bookshelf, the story of two baby artists and how they grew There s an oddly innocent tone to this all for instance, the sexual relationship between the two of them is never really discussed, only accepted when Patti gets the clap, we understand it s from him, but this is not a kiss and tell memoir It s an opportunity to walk a mile in Patti Smith s head, in a less coded and factual way than in her mu [...]

    12. I m not sure how to do this book proper justice in a review Just Kids is a book that enthralled me, surprised me, and ultimately, a book that I have fallen in love with Not only is it one of the best books I ve read this year, it is one of the best books I have ever read.Knowing very little about Patti Smith or Robert Mapplethorpe going into reading this, I figured I would enjoy it but not quite appreciate it as much as someone who is a big fan of either And while that might be true, I still cam [...]

    13. its dark no im wrong its dawn i have my shades on Sleepless 66 Patti Smith writes to us out of the great and endless narcotic American night in a language inherited from the Beats and refined across a lifetime of lines scribbled on journals and diner napkins and hotel matchbooks, carving out her version of the truth Despite all her awed talk of Mallarm and Baudelaire, she is much in sync with her compatriots like Paul Bowles and Hunter S Thompson, and when she walks through a New York crowd she [...]

    14. Just Kids 3 Stars I am frankly pretty surprised that this popular memoir didn t quite click with me Just Kids should ve been a perfect match and yet somehow I could never completely connect with the world and the lives of the people it chronicles.Don t get me wrong, Smith s wordsmith is gorgeous and she is a wonderful storyteller Her account of how she and her lover collaborator friend Robert Mapplethorpe, met and ended up right at the center of New York s influential art and music scene during [...]

    15. Last year, I read Gloria Steinem s My Life on the Road I didn t know much about Steinem, but her book made me see her in a whole new light not an icon, but a lovely dedicated generous person I had a similar experience listening to the audio of Patti Smith s Just Kids I didn t know much about her, but certainly wasn t expecting to be so charmed by her The memoir focuses on her early adult years She moved to New York, developed a complicated relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and tried to figur [...]

    16. Smith writes with a poet s clear imagery and an economy of words all too rare in the memoir genre Before Robert Mapplethorpe died, Patti Smith promised him that she would one day write the story of their years in New York City Now, twenty years after his death, she has made good on that promise This is the story of a beautiful, complex, demanding and ever evolving friendship between two young, hopeful, actively unconventional creatives They alternated in the role of muse to each other as they fe [...]

    17. What should we aspire to as we go on our road When I was in my early 20s, I was lucky to have William Burroughs as a friend and mentor When I was with him and I asked him this question what should I aspire to and he thought, and he said my dear, a gold American Express would be good but after that he said very thoughtfully, build your name and I said, William, my name is Smith and he said, well, you ll have to build a little harder but what William meant when he told me to build my name, build a [...]

    18. Why can t I write something that would awake the dead That pursuit is what burns most deeply I got over the loss of his desk and chair, but never the desire to produce a string of words precious than the emeralds of Cortes Yet I have a lock of his hair, a handful of his ashes, a box of his letters, a goatskin tambourine And in that folds of faded violet tissue a necklace, two violet plaques etched in Arabic, strung with black and silver threads, given to me by the boy who loved Michelangelo wat [...]

    19. As he was dying Robert Mapplethorpe ask Patti Smith to write their story You have to he said, no one but you can write it After reading this book I can understand why he said that No biographer, other than Patti, could know, let alone describe, the level of trust and dependence they shared and their singular kind of love that, even after reading this, is hard for the reader to fully understand.What capable hands he left that project in, I m not sure he even realized it, I m not sure Patti did at [...]

    20. Nothing is finished until you see it Robert Mapplethorpe, quoted in Just Kids Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself Patti Smith, Just Kids A memoir of images, people, and hopes Just Kids explores the funky relationship of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe as they began their unique relationship and struggled to emerge as artists The power of this memoir is the way Patti Smith works the words to create a canvas broad enough to catch both Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith as they grow and [...]

    21. I didn t just hate this book I cherished my hatred for this book Luxuriated in it Drank deeply of my hatred.I didn t just find the writing clunky, I found it odd, troubled by an overfamiliar relationship with the passive voice lots of things could be seen , verbs no one ever god damn says anything they discourse, spiel, spin, regale, blah blah blah , and prepositions why say on when you can add a syllable to get upon why use the mundane because when you can replace it with for and sound like a V [...]

    22. oh go on, they re just kidsI m still trying to collect my thoughts about this book I know it made me feel something, I know I have every intention of re reading it, and I know many anecdotes from it will come up in casual conversation with my friends when I try to convince them to read it Still, I am not sure what the emotions are I feel when I think about it There s obviously a feeling of loss and grief not just for Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff, but also for all the other artists, playe [...]

    23. Did anyone think Patti was whitewashing her past in this longing that desire that tapeworm.a wordI hadn t learned Seventh Heaven Longing I really longed to LOVE Just Kids , to go the whole hog with 5 stars I had waited long enough to get hold of a copy eventually when my library got it in some jerk kept it overdue 3 whole months and I was checking with them every 2nd day like a teenager Is it back yet I wore out my welcome buying up discarded books and lurking near the door hoping to nab the ove [...]

    24. I ll say this for Patti Smith Homegirl certainly knows how to write lifestyle porn Somewhere between the Chelsea Hotel and the insertion of a millionaire benefactor I closed her love letter to Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids, bonked myself in the head and said Knock it off I needed to stop being dazzled and wooed and to start seeing through clear eyes or I d wake up in a bus stop in Detroit clutching a one way ticket to 1971.People do that Chuck it all, grab a blanket, commit 100 percent to makin [...]

    25. There is a whiff of earnestness about Patti Smith but now we ve got that out the way, shut up and listen to Horses, Easter, Gone Again and Trampin back to back for a whole month If your nerve endings and spatial awareness aren t merrily bamboozled with light and love, you are not fit for human habitation For Patti is a creature unto herself.Just Kids radiates pure, unfiltered love for her friend Robert Mapplethorpe, and its simple prose tells a powerful tale of two driven artists seeking release [...]

    26. I didn t know Patti Smith I had seen some photos of Robert Mapplethorpes before I didn t know they had this relationship Patti Smith is a fantastic story teller What a moment of providence when Robert walked up to her counter at the book store and bought that necklace Also, when he ran into her after her bad date this relationship was fate, a thing meant to happen Two artist meeting in the night and forming a bond that both of them were supported by.I LOVE this book Patti s voice is so sure and [...]

    27. This book has remained unread on my shelves at home since it won the National Book Award for non fiction in 2010 I meant to read it, but when one of my book clubs picked it, I finally had the push I needed In my low periods, I wondered what was the point of creating art I craved honesty, yet found dishonesty in myself I knew vaguely of Patti Smith because of her music, and went into this thinking that she would be writing about it It s in there slightly, but this is really the story of her relat [...]

    28. It is difficult for me to think of an artist who illuminates pure positive affect in the way that Patti Smith does For someone who always had a special place in his heart for Patti s Horses record, I can safely say there are moments where her music and her words have taken my mind and my heart to places I would have never imagined For me, the record has a similar effect to Allen Ginsberg s, Howl, and Walt Whitman s, Song of Myself The passion, the energy, the blood racing anticipation between he [...]

    29. The runaway artist is a typical phase of adolescence, and the true measure of one s devotion to a creative life is the ability to sustain the kind of drive that can keep you going through the hunger, cold, loneliness and perhaps worst of all the disillusionment of adulthood Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe had this drive in spades, although the route they used to reach their final goals can be seen as both fortuitous and questionable The last thing an artist wants to be is a sell out, but the [...]

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