One of the best of all time.
The absolute love and respect that she has for Robert and their story.
Only her musical performances. This is the first audio book I've listened to by her. It is just as amazing to hear her tell the story and I love love LOVE the accent and how you can hear her emotion.
There were 2. When she actually sings the lyrics to her song and the end of Roberts life. I knew it was coming. I knew he was gone. I cried like a baby and begged for a different ending anyway. Gut wrenching but also so touching.
Patti Smith has given us such an amazing gift with this book. The story of two artists that just never gave up on being artists. The love and friendship that inspired the work that shaped me and so many of my friends told by one of the greatest artists of our time? YES PLEASE!!
This story occurred primarily in the 1960s and early 1970s, in downtown NYC, where creative artistic souls gathered and supported each other in beautiful ways. I loved hearing about that, and I feel sad because there will probably never be a scene like that again.
I loved hearing Patti Smith narrating it... I also loved to hear, not only about her deep connection with Robert Mapplethorpe, but also about all of the other artists who she supported and was supported by.
There were so many... the moments that moved me the most is when one artist would encourage and or help another artist to find themselves. Sometimes this encouragement was purely verbal, and other times these generous souls provided much more.
just a really beautiful book, about a beautiful connection, during a beautiful time.. it was tinged with sadness for me, as knew what was coming by the 1980s...
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
No, I would not recommend this book to a friend because I found the reader, Patti Smith, very boring and the story she told, very boring.
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I don't understand the rave reviews and awards this book has received. I found Patti Smith to be a terrible reader. If she had only put some of her passion into the reading, it might have been better. I didn't like how she didn't connect her own success with what happened to her and Robert. I was really disappointed in this book. I kept waiting for something interesting to be revealed.
Patti Smith saying any word that ended in "aw" correctly. It's great that this book is in her own voice, but the way she mispronounced words drove me NUTS.
No, but I probably wont listen to any other books written or narrated by Patti Smith.
Hated it. Ruined the book for me.
My assessment of this book might not be the most fair, but the story and her narration did not connect with me.
This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to and one of the most beautiful stories of friendship I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Inspiring, sweet and breathtaking. Thank you Patti and Robert for sharing your story with the world.
I wasn't familiar with Patti Smith's music and I read The M Train before I read Just Kids; and I downloaded this just to have a copy of it to listen to later.
She is a kindred spirit - especially after reading M Train - where I took notes while reading her ideas and about trips she took for reasons that made sense to no one else (story of my life). So many eclectic interests!
Smith is a great writer - I don't know about fiction - but she should definitely keep writing about what she thinks about and generally, just commenting on the life around her.
Incredible voice. Lovely story of living without judgement. Being born in 1966 - I enjoyed the new insights to all those things that were interesting to me as a teenager ... Like Woodstock, Bob Dylan, Punk Rock, Mixed Media Art ... And New York City.