I enjoyed the honesty of this book. It was an intimate view into a creative and formative bond between two artists - a difficult relationship to put into words and I can't imagine anyone other than a poet would attempt it. Their lives were the artwork more than any one of their creations. While many of the things they did and the places they went (literally and figuratively) were repulsive to me, the beauty of their bond was resilient.
The star of this book is the creative relationship between Patti and Robert. Individually, they were flawed people on their own paths to become an artist, but together they became a creative force that propelled each other to greatness.
Patti's voice was important in my reception of this book. Another narrator might have been more emotive, but her voice added a layer of intimacy to the media and added to the allure of a personal memoire. For me, hearing Patti tell her story in her own voice was the selling feature of the book.
I did not laugh or cry because of this book, but it made me think about how we can make use of suffering. Patti gave Robert new life through this book and used suffering to inform her creativity - which is a beautiful way to handle loss and grief.
It's lovely hearing her words in her voice. I'm fascinated by that time in NY. a beautiful, unconventional love story. I loved it!
I love memoirs, especially if creative people, and this did not disappoint. I felt the forward was a little slow, but once she got into the main narrative I was hooked. I listened to the whole thing in a weekend.
Any review critical of Patti use of the term drawling doesn't get it. The tone of her reading is authentic. The name dropping which seems to be offensive to some is not that at all. It is the telling of a story of a world with a cast of characters who have since become household names. Mentioning their names is sparse storytelling because these characters are already defined in our popular culture consciousness.
This story confirms my perception of Patti Smith as a rare rock star who can turn a bar into the just-right context for the expression of high art ideals.
What a treat to hear this magical story in Patti Smith's own voice! The closeness that she & Robert shared can only be described as that of soul mates. From the very beginning of their relationship, to the end, Patti let's us into their world of love & art with such openness that I now feel that they are beloved friends of mine. I've just finished listening & I don't want to say good bye just yet.
I loved it! I was impressed with her story and narration. I could visualize everything she spoke about like I was a fly on the wall.
A love story to New York City and the village, a love story to the fascinating time when the 1960's turned into the 1970's, a love story of Rock and Roll/punk, a love story of two remarkable humans - Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Incredibly moving and wise, a story about the artists and poets and musicians of 1960's/1960's New York - without a single hint of superiority or gaudiness. A beautiful love story overall.
Finished reading book in the Kindle App. Like M Train Patti Smith breaths the pain and the joy of life into her words.
Parts of Just Kids made me homesick for my youth. A good read. And, Patti, Robert would like what you wrote.