Only if the friend has a particular interest in the subject matter. I respect the open and honest account, but it often came across to me as a prolonged name-dropping session.
I can totally understand why she reads this work herself -- it's highly personal and it would probably feel wrong to have someone else read it... but she should have. Her reading is, as others have mentioned, oddly flat and dry, and I found her pronunciation of some words distracting at best and annoying at worst. (A good example is "drawing" which is used a lot, and her pronunciation of the word "birthday" is... very strange.)
This book is not without value, but it seems over-rated to me. I choose it because of the glowing reviews, but found it to be a fairly ordinary account.
Haven't even finished my listen, but the buttery voice and candid style with which Patti Smith lures me in, it's my guilty pleasure...
work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.
Ordinarily, I do not like to comment or review a book unless I found it to be exceptional or something I truly enjoyed. This book had a riveting story, and I like these people as artists, but had to get over Patti Smith's reading of it. She has a way of speaking that is flat and monotonous. That being said, I thought this was worthwhile
Patti Smith pours out the story of her life with humility, peace and quiet resolve. She starts with the shame and humiliation of getting pregnant in her teens and giving the baby up for adoption in the early 60s. With hardly a dime to her name she moves to New York City where she meets and enters into a loving relationship with the famous photographer, Robert Maplethorpe. Together they supported one another in all their artful endeavors even after he left her for the love of a man. Eventually they moved to the Chelsea Hotel where they associated with well-known poets and authors and artists and musicians of the late 60s and early 70s. Patti's career took off, she married and had two children, and Robert continued his love of photography. Patti took care of him when he contracted AIDS and eventually died. Their love for one another was so extraordinary, so caring for one another, so mutually supportive, so non-judgmental, so void of jealousy and mistrust. I am in awe of Patti's talents as a singer and as a poet and artist, but most of all I admire her humility and honesty. I've always been fascinated with Maplethorpe's work and have a book of some of his photography, mostly of women, and Patti rounds out the line-up of well-known women in the last four photos. She was and is more beautiful than she knows. A few days ago I read where she visited the Occupy Wall Street camp to donate some of her books. While walking among the protesters she came upon an old woman to whom she gave her socks and boots.
Patti Smith's performance matches her poetic telling of her very personal story. I never appreciated her more than I do now having just finished Just Kids.
This is my first five-star audiobook. The relationship between Patti and Robert is more moving than anything that I ever read even in fictions. Beautiful and precious. The way Smith writes and narrates is also so honest. I am so glad that she read this herself. I feel lucky to have encountered this book. I will listen to this again.
audio book junkie
What a treat to get to take a trip back in time through the eyes of a young Patti Smith in a New York that will never be quite the same. She paints such a vivid picture of young, wild, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants youth. And you wouldn't believe the famous people whose path she crossed. What a great story. The narration is a bit mono-toned but you know what? It doesn't matter when the substance is so wonderful. I loved this book, I'd recommend it to anyone.
I loved having Patti read this to us...she is tender and raw at the same time. Artists lead a particular kind of life and she lets us in on the early years of hers and Roberts. Her writing is not about the sensational ...but about all the things that made & make their art speak to us. An honest & beautifully written and read book.
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.