Friday, June 3, 2011

Just Kids by Patti Smith

This memoir and National Book Award winner tells the story of Patti Smith's years in 1970s New York City as she experimented and developed herself as an artist in music, poetry, and visual works. It is also the story of the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti and Robert shared a rich relationship as friends, lovers, and fellow artists. There are cameos throughout of famous people Patti came into contact with during this period, including Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Sam Shepard (also Patti's lover), Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. I agree with Joan Didion's statement about this book on the inside cover: "This book is so honest and pure as to count as a true rapture."

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: McNaughton
1st Floor McNaughton Collection
Review submitted by: Stacy Russo, Chair of Public Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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