I will listen to this again and again to feel the depth of love and wonder at the creative force that gripped these two. Paris voce is perfect, haunting, from her soul. Simply wonderful.
As an admirer more than a fan of Patti Smith and Mapplethorpe, I was continuously struck by the chance crossings, first of their lives, and then with others over years that linked so many heroes of music, art and literature. Just Kids is a beautiful book made more touching by her voice, retracing a charmed journey that seems too improbable to be true. It is a powerful love letter as well as a stark history of what NYC took and gave in ways that, for good and for bad, it no longer does.
I would recommend this book to anyone that lived in the '60s & '70s & wants a different perspective of those years. Anyone that loves a good story.
Patti Smith was a great narrator. I felt like I knew & understood Robert & Patti in a small way.
...commitment to self expression, partnerships, and unconditional love. Beautiful voice both physically and context. Absolutely and wonderfully rich and inspirational. Thank you Patti. Thank you Robert.
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.
Patti Smith is an artist writing about an artist, her tender lifelong friendship with Robert Mappelthorpe. The story was beautifully told in her own voice and it was an intimate reveal of their lives and the greater art scene starting from the '60s. This memoir was illuminating and moving and never felt false or self-serving. It was a privilege to listen to it.
Beautiful. Bittersweet. Poetic. Melodic. I felt like Patti Smith, herself, took my hand and led me into the vast ocean of her life and I swam peacefully. She reminds you to breathe, live in the way her words are elegantly weaved. I love this book. It's now one of my favorites.
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So special to hear Patti narrate her words. Spectacular. Loved this book. And, what a gorgeous voice to listen to. Soothing and calm. Perfection.
This memoir was fascinating, and very artistically done. I really knew almost nothing about Patti Smith beyond a basic knowledge of her music and what I did know of Mapplethorpe turned out to be stereotypical and a very small slice of who he actually was. I was frequently amazed at the 'small town' atmosphere that seemed to have existed in New York around the Chelsea Hotel during this time period. Just going through her daily life, Smith casually meets and becomes acquainted with enormous musical names like Hendrix and Joplin, writers like Tennessee Williams and Sam Shephard (who I had no idea she had dated), legends like Salvador Dali, and of course the whole Andy Warhol superstar bunch as they were sort of teetering back into obscurity. But Smith never sounds like a name-dropper (though she may have if I was not aware that she would eventually become a rock star herself). It's just an immensely engrossing picture of this slice in history, and the detail Smith puts into the early years of her life with Robert and their continuing friendship captures the complexity that gets lost in snapshot descriptions of the famous. It also provides a portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe to challenge the image that he acquired during the 80s when he became a symbol of shocking art and an example conservatives liked to point to when arguing to de-fund the arts.