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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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Dec 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography

Teton Co Library Call No: (new) BIO SMITH P
Marisa's rating: 4 stars

"Just Kids" tells the story of the great friendship between singer/songwriter/ poet/artist Patti Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. "Just Kids” captures a moment when Smith and Mapplethorpe were young, inseparable, perfectly bohemian and completely unknown, to the point in which a touristy couple in Washington Square Park spied them in the early autumn of 1967 and argued about whether they were worth a snapshot. The woman thought they looked like artists. The man disagreed, saying dismissively, “They’re just kids.”

Smith, a legend in her own right with her gender bending fashions, punk rock and unique voice. A lover of reading, this 2010 Natinal book award winner showed Amith's apprecaition for the written word. This was a great quick autobiography - Smith included great details of NY city life in the late 1960s to 1970s - Andy Warhol's Factory, Max's, CBGBs and her own artsy lifestyle. I loved that this book went right up until she become famous and same for Mapplethorpe. Their friendship was truly beautiful and stirring.

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