Just Kids: From Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel, a Life of Art and Friendship (2010 National Book Award Winner) (Hardcover) - Smith, Patti

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Smith's evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, "Just Kids" is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist's calling.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780066211312
SKU 202438151
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 006621131X
Release Date 1/1/2010
Author Info
Patti Smith
Originally a poet, playwright and rock journalist, Smith fused her passionate, free-form poetry with primitive, driving rock and formed the Patti Smith Group in the mid-'70s. Beginning with the 1975 album "Horses", Smith released a number of classic albums that have earned her a lasting reputation as one of rock's true originals. From her pioneering days as a charter member of the seminal New York punk rock scene, she has remained vital into the late 1990s: releasing records, playing live concerts, and taking an active role in political causes, such as the Free Tibet movement.
Praise
"[T]he heart of this captivating memoir is the lifelong love affair...between Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethrope....In he inimitable, lyrical style, Smith recalls the pair's coming together as young, monumentally broke dreamers....What follows is both a poignant requiem...and a radiant celebration of life."
"JUST KIDS, the memoir of the singer and poet Patti Smith, is a heartbreakingly sweet recollection of...[a] sort of vanished Bohemian life....Just as [Smith] stands out as an artiste in a movement based on collectivism, her singular voice gleams among rock memoirs as a work of literature."
"[A] tenderly evocative memoir....It's possible to come away from JUST KIDS with an intact image of the title's childlike kindred spirits...never wanting what they couldn't have or unduly caring what the future might bring. If it sometimes sounds like a fairy tale, it also conveys a heartbreakingly clear idea of why Ms. Smith is entitled to tell one."
"It's impossible to imagine the Patti Smith who narrates JUST KIDS boasting about her autoerotic practices. Instead, this version of Smith is circumspect to the point of demureness as she describes her adventures in the decadent carnival of New York in the 1960s and '70s. She is as innocent in her own way as I was when I bought that first copy of [Smith's 1978 album] EASTER, ferociously earnest and irresistibly moving."
"JUST KIDS is astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith's lapidary prose....There's no need to ghettoize this book by praising it as an impressive memoir by a famous musician. It is simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise and beautifully written."
"JUST KIDS is the most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late 60's and early 70's that any alumnus has committed to print....[T]he atmosphere, personalities and mores of the time are so astutely observed....This enchanting book is a reminder that not all youthful vainglory is silly; sometimes it's preparation."
"JUST KIDS is astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith's lapidary prose....There's no need to ghettoize this book by praising it as an impressive memoir by a famous musician. It is simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise and beautifully written."
From the Publisher
Editors Note A Commanduer de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres-winning musician and writer describes the coming-of-age story about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, from their first meeting in the early 1970s through their shared pursuits of artistic ambitions. By the author of AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE. 60,000 first printing.
Annotation Punk rock poet Patti Smith pays tribute to a former lover and forever friend, the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, in this paean to their days as impoverished artists in 1970s New York. Both born in 1946, Smith and Mapplethorpe recognized each other as kindred spirits during the seminal summer of 1967, and in the ensuing decade they would nurture each other's artistic instincts through constant poverty and sporadic drug use, until both began to achieve recognition in the mid- to late 1970s. Smith particularly focuses on the couple's years living in the Chelsea Hotel, where they subsisted on Smith's earnings from various bookstores while interacting with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Janis Joplin. With the same brand of ragged rhapsody which infuses her lyrics and poetry, Smith crafts a memorable elegy to her soul mate while capturing the zeitgeist of glamorous abjection which has come to define 1970s New York. JUST KIDS won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction.
Annotation 2 Punk rock poet Patti Smith pays tribute to a former lover and forever friend, the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, in this paean to their days as impoverished artists in 1970s New York. Both born in 1946, Smith and Mapplethorpe recognized each other as kindred spirits during the seminal summer of 1967, and in the ensuing decade they would nurture each other's artistic instincts through constant poverty and sporadic drug use, until both began to achieve recognition in the mid- to late 1970s. Smith particularly focuses on the couple's years living in the Chelsea Hotel, where they subsisted on Smith's earnings from various bookstores while interacting with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Janis Joplin. With the same brand of ragged rhapsody which infuses her lyrics and poetry, Smith crafts a memorable elegy to her soul mate while capturing the zeitgeist of glamorous abjection which has come to define 1970s New York. JUST KIDS was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award and was selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 10 Book.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0279
Publisher Ecco Press

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