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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (Oct. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060936223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936228
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wabibito on March 26 2011
Format: Paperback
Although I knew very little about Patti Smith or the punk rock scene in New York City of the 1970s, I decided to buy this book on the strength of its reviews. Just Kids is not a story about Patti Smith the Legend, but about Patti Smith, a girl from New Jersey who came to New York to find herself. And what a fascinating story it is. With poetic prose, humour and nakedness, Smith recalls her early years in New York City and how, with the mutual love and respect of Robert Mapplethorpe, the foundations of their futures were laid down.

Part of the beauty of her writing is that although we know she will become Patti Smith the Legend, she never conveys a certainty that she will "make it". Rather, she focuses on her and Mapplethorpe's hunger to create and to define themselves and their crafts.

Equally fascinating as Smith's personal story, is the story of New York City in the 1970s. How I would have loved to have been there during that time! She vividly describes the vibrant energy of the blossoming cultural movement and the people who made it and recalls colourful anecdotes of neighbourhoods that have long become gentrified.

I highly recommend this book and I hope it will touch you as it touched me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmb on July 12 2013
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Patti wows with her humility, compassion, and mastery of words that leaves you daydreaming, crying, and craving a genre of art and music that you never cared for before.
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Touching, inspiring
A must read, even for those who don't know the legendary Patricia Lee Smith. One of the best book I've read so far.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Gibson GLAVIN on Aug. 11 2011
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Patti Smith has been many artists in her life. This is the story of how she gave herself to art as her life's purpose, and how that commitment was shared by what can only be described as her everlasting best friend, and fellow artist, Robert Mapplethorpe. The book covers the period largely from 1967 to 1973 for Smith, the period she spent with her sometime lover, sometime partner, but always spiritual muse, Robert M. Stylistically, Smith is still at the top her gave. She is a masterful story teller, taking all shock value out of the seedy life in the "artist village" of New York in the late 1960' to early 1970's. The beauty of her descriptive language and tenderness of approach strips away the culture of some considerable decadence to show each and every "person" for what they represent best in lift, not the worst. Though the worst of characters are most certainly well populated in the book. I truly loved this book. Smith has let us share in her intimate life story of this period; such a wonderful valentine for Robert Mapplethorpe and the "artists" life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Darkness on March 3 2010
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A fascinating time, the ferment of the late 60s and early 70s; and in New York the gawky kid arrives from New Jersey, with her waitress uniform... but, through chance, meets Robert Mapplethorpe, a lovely young god, and they fall in together. Through their life pass numerous icons - Dali, Hendrix, Warhol, the Velvet Underground (Cale produces her first album), Blue Oyster Cult... with reveries of Rimbaud, and a clear view of the great pretender, Jim Morrison, Smith begins to conceive of the persona she will become. Robert discovers his homosexuality and Patti and he eventually cease being lovers but remain confidantes and support for one another - of course, they both go on to fame. A fascinating story, ably told by Smith. Ambition, luck, contacts, and, last, talent lead to success. The artistic milieu is reproduced well and interestingly, along with its politics and both good- and ill-will, and the NYC scene is captured in little verbal photographs. Beautiful.Just Kids
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By no on July 17 2014
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dont know bought it for the wife
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SoftGothK on April 5 2012
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Very easy to read and yet quite touching and sentimental. Patti showed us the Robert who was hardly flawless but so attractive. I just admire the 1970's when people had so much passion about life. It is life as a poem.
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