Just Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids by Patti Smith


recommended by allie berman, ellis jones, gabrielle herbst, rachel cabitt, rawan rihani, natalie pace, Clémence vazard, sara radin, sam tarter, atafeh karimi

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 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.

“Patti Smith’s Just Kids, romanticized New York in the 1960s-1970s. Giving a strange appeal to the rough life of a starving artist in love; trying to make it in a place where no one owes you anything, by being none other than herself. This book opened my eyes to a different time, packed with rockstars, artists & poets. I would recommend it to anyone.” - sam tarter

Patti and Robert’s Brooklyn apartment mentioned in this book is walking distance from my apartment. Actually I walked by it today. It’s just one of those books where you’re reading it on the train and you’re stopped at West 4th, and Patti is talking about West 4th on that page.” - allie berman

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060936223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds