Just Kids

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In Just Kids, Patti Smith's first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work--from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry. less

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Malcolm Gladwell Writer & JournalistI finished it in one sitting, then wept. It's that good. (Source)

Seth Godin Author, Marketer, EntrepreneurThis is the single best audiobook ever recorded by Patti Smith. It is not going to change the way you do business, but it might change the way you live. It's about love and loss and art. (Source)

Emma Watson Recommends this book

Academic Batgirl This book helped me to see how my life as an academic is artful and creative, and gave me renewed faith in embracing risks, innovation, and taking on art with love and strength even when it’s frustrating or “success” is not assured. Recommend! 8/end https://t.co/tkWtSVY6b9 (Source)

Jonathan Tepper I just finished Patti Smith’s Just Kids. It is a beautiful book of love and friendship. https://t.co/HqTyG7fzqn (Source)

Bogdan Iordache Patti Smith is a poet and singer, mostly known for her debut album, ""Horses"", said to mark the beginning of punk music. I read the book after seeing Patti perform live a couple of years ago, and it was amazing. As a tech founder / investor, the vast majority of my friends are also people involved in the technology world. We have the same problems, the same points of view, you basically live in a bubble which narrows a lot your understanding of other people. Yet Patti wrote about her artistic beginnings and she described such a different world - the early '70s in New York, the emerging punk... (Source)

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