"Just Kids" er Patti Smiths ærlige og fængslende historie om et tilfældigt møde mellem to unge mennesker, der førte til en romance og et livslangt venskab, der bragte begge større international succes end de kunne have drømt om.
Smiths memoir giver læseren&nbs... p;et utroligt indblikt i 1970'ernes kunstnermiljø i New York, der udfordrede og forførte i en kulturelt og politisk anspændt tid. På trods af verden omkring dem, finder to unge kunstere trøst i hinanden - i medgang og modgang, fra salatsuppe til gennembrud.
Mødet mellem kunstneren Robert Mapplethorn og sangeren Patti Smith ændrede begges liv. "Just Kids" er en smuk erindringsbog, der begynder som en rørende kærlighedshistorie og ender som en smuk elegi.
Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award 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.
"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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