Just Kids - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Patti Smith Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe weren't always famous, but they always thought they would be. They found each other, adrift but determined, on the streets of New York City in the late '60s and made a pact to keep each other afloat until they found their voices--or the world was ready to hear them. Lovers first and then friends as Map... more »plethorpe discovered he was gay, they divided their dimes between art supplies and Coney Island hot dogs. Mapplethorpe was quicker to find his metier, with a Polaroid and then a Hasselblad, but Smith was the first to fame, transformed, to her friend's delight, from a poet into a rock star. (Mapplethorpe soon became famous too--and notorious--before his death from AIDS in 1989.) Smith's memoir of their friendship, Just Kids, is tender and artful, open-eyed but surprisingly decorous, with the oracular style familiar from her anthems like "Because the Night," "Gloria," and "Dancing Barefoot" balanced by her powers of observation and memory for everyday details like the price of automat sandwiches and the shabby, welcoming fellow bohemians of the Chelsea Hotel, among whose ranks these baby Rimbauds found their way.
Sharon N. reviewed Just Kids (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 4
I would never have chosen to read this book, but it was chosen by my book club. All I knew about Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe was that they were part of a sex, drugs and rock and roll world that usually doesn't interest me.
This is a beautiful elegy for a beloved friend. Patti Smith is not what I expected and the book helped me see these two people as human beings, young and fallible and intoxicated as much with New York in it's real Bohemian glory as with each other and their art.