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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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May 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction-read-2011, usa
Read from May 10 to 25, 2011

This book is a great snapshot of its time and place in history. Imagine walking into your "local" and finding Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, and Jimi Hendrix all in there eating shrimp and downing pitchers of sangria and bottles of tequila. It was in the late sixties and early seventies when artists of different codes all seemed to be in and around the Hotel Chelsea and became the group of people Patti mixed with.
I knew of Patti Smith as a vocalist in a band,but not as the "godmother of punk",and nothing of her poetry or performances. It all began when she met Robert Mapplethorpe in the most curious way-running up to him and asking him to pretend to be her boyfriend to get her away from another date she was on. From that moment their lives became completely entangled, until his untimely death from AIDS. She was his muse, and he hers, and she tells of how they expanded their creative ideas while living in difficult circumstances. Patti never once writes in a whiny fashion-and when she tells matter-of-factly of Robert being sick, finding a doctor and him being diagnosed with trench mouth, gonorrohea, malnutrition and impacted wisdom teeth you realise just how tough things were for them. No wonder she looks anorexic (although always very cool)in the photos.
Robert's photos are used throughout the book to good effect. Patti also describes how they were taken and what costumes and props she used-her favourite everyday objects, and clothes she bought from op shops.
""Nobody sees like we do, Patti", he said again. Whenever he said things like that, for a magical space of time, it was as if we were the only two people in the world. " This book is also a love story in the truest sense of the word.
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zespri Is this yours Sand? Saw a review of this and would love to read it if it is yours. Don't tell me it is an Ebook!

Sunflower Sorry it was borrowed. I posted it back to its owner today. I couldn't find it in bookshops.

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Cazz on page 110......loving it...

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