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 hone... st 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.
An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship, and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in a memoir that includes such influential artists as Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and William Burroughs.
"Min absolutte nye yndlingsbog. Sproget, detaljerne og historien i sig selv. En kunster der lever for netop at være dét. Og sidst men ikke mindst en historie om en verden for sig selv på det mytiske Chelsea Hotel."
"This marvelous autobiography tells the unique love story and union in art of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe during the late sixties, seventies and early eighties. Tender, beautiful and poetic, it gave me goosebumps many times and especially towards the end. I had to reread the last couple of chapters right away because they so vividly brought out those feelings I had when my dad was ill and passing less than 2 years ago. It made me feel the beauty of those moments of sadness and closeness in a way that no other piece of literature ever has. However, there were a few chapters in the middle that dragged on a bit too long which prevents me from giving this book the full five stars. But truly, if you have experienced a great loss of an artistic soul or someone with whom you had a special bond, I think you'd also find these beautiful words comforting and uplifting. An ode to how life can indeed go on after great sorrow. "
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