Already have. It was so informative, deeply personal, and yet incredibly relatable at the same time.
It is a historical story about some famous people, but it's also a love story. A story that everyone has somewhere in his/her past.
I liked the section about Patti Smith's affair with Sam Shepard.
The part between the beginning and the end. ;)
I am glad that she read it. At first when I heard it I thought she was a little flat. But now I understand that no one else could have read this book the way she has. That she is part of the story itself and to hear her is an ingredient that was necessary. It is not a thriller it is a human experience.
There was a quote that moved me. ..."I learned from him that often contradiction are the clearest way to truth."
This book will make you want to do art. It will make you want ot support those that make art and be part of a creative community.
Former English and drama major, bookaholic.
I just finished reading Just Kids and I have been touched. The story is fluid and full and the way that Patti Smith looks back on her life, her values changing over time, her art but mostly the chronicle of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe is inspiring. What comes across is a wonderful poignant love story of a deep, deep friendship. You also get a completely different view of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe than what the press would have us believe. This is the part that touched and surprised me. I still gravitate almost instantly to fiction but this was a wonderful ride.
YES. I liked the story and would most likely pick up something that I missed the first time.
When Robert saved Patti from a possible rape.
Robert's death but I was really impressed that Patti didn't exploit it. She could have turned the end into a sobfest, instead she treated his dying with respect.
I am too young (barely) to have lived their lives but it would have been interesting!
Even if Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe are peripheral or unknown to you, this history of the life and times of these two artists will overpower you with its richness, gentleness and authenticity. Smith is a true poet-storyeller and her resonant voice, her gift of language, her honesty, even her accent create a powerful remembrance. This is a perfect book to read by ear. It is one of the best I have ever heard.
avoiding road rage one book at a time...
Before I picked up this book, here is what I knew about Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe: she was an poet/one-hit wonder and he was a subversive photographer whose exhibition was banned from our local art museum. I wasn't until I heard Patti's interview with Howard Stern, did I learn the two had a connection. Based on that interview, my first real introduction to Patti, I thought her book would be interesting, but I did not know what to expect.
Here is what I got: a beautiful, (at times) haunting, poignant, dripping with ornate detail love story that grew from a chance meeting into a life-long connection. Most people don't get an opportunity to have the kind of relationship that Patti & Robert had. With this book, I gained a front-row seat to the play of their lives, which was packed with chance encounters and quickly formed friendships with some of the most ground-breaking writers, poets, artists & musicians... and the real story; the story of their devotion to one another, which will touch me for the rest of my life.
It took me a few chapters to get used to Patti's style. I am a non-fiction reader who like the facts without pomp & circumstance. Her detailed, poetic styling was a bit overwhelming, but I grew to love it because through her words, I could see. In these 300 pages I witnessed luck, bravery, love, careless abandon, determination, sadness, triumph and pain.
We listened to this on a road trip from Texas to California and it was absolutely perfect. So atmospheric and tender and romantic. I can't recommend it more highly.
I have never thought much about Patti Smith or Robert Mapllethorp. Now I am grieving that I did not seek them out. Never went to CBGBS even though I was right here in NYC. Now I love them both. Thank you Patti for a great gift of this book. Turns out my daughter hung out with Jackson in Washington Sq when they were just kids
I liked that it was read by the author, with her New Jersey accent. It was a simple but very moving story about 2 people who we know by their reputation. But her story is so heartfelt and ragged and human and brave. Very good company.
They were both very real and moving and sympathetic.
Yes. Actually I was having a very hard sleeping for several weeks and so I played it in the afternoon and fell asleep listening and then played it all night and I would wake up and hear bits of the story and fall asleep again and then I listened all the way through while I was awake. It felt so safe and sweet, her telling about how poor they were and the traumas but with great love.
It's almost like a children's book story only about art and sex and poverty and dreams unfulfilled and come true.