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Just kids

di Patti Smith

Altri autori: Robert Mapplethorpe (Fotografo)

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In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.… (altro)
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Love Poem To A Bygone NYC

Patti Smith, latter-day beat poet turned punk rocker, and Robert Mapplethorpe, controversial photography artist, lived together in desperately poor but optimistic and exciting conditions in late 60s/early 70s New York City. This is Smith's tale of that period, meant to showcase her friend, lover and co-artist, Mapplethorpe, after his death at an early age.

The autobiography brilliantly captures the feel of the City at that time, and the electricity of the artist community surrounding Andy Warhol and others that were then taking America in new directions. No doubt, the recounting softens many recollections and avoids discussion of darker themes and events. But that's alright. The story is a charming recollection of the early, bright days of the generation born at Woodstock. I wish we still had that enthusiasm and energy. ( )
  TH_Shunk | Jul 6, 2021 |
Goodreads tells me this is the fourth time I've read this, though this is the first time I've read the illustrated edition and the first time I've listened to it on audio as I followed along. I just can't get over how much of an ode it is to art; how inspiring and exhilarating it feels to read it; how incredulous so many of its anecdotes are. It is beautiful to watch Patti and Robert grow into artists, each in their own right, and how they uplifted and challenged each other over the years. It is the most romantic book I know, and I am always in tears by the end. I am covetous of this new hardcover edition. The size, the heft, the navy cloth binding, and additional photos able to take up more space and on heavy paper. The audio includes a few additional poems and varies only slightly from the text.

Certainly, I would name this as one of my all-time favorite books, and I really enjoy experiencing how my relationship to it, as with other re-reads, morphs over the years. I will say that I am becoming increasingly uneasy with the internalized misogyny, homophobia, white privilege, and glorification of colonialism that seems inherent with idealizing the white, male, Western European writers and artists. I get it--I was there in my late teens/early 20s and understand that provocative allure--but it is something I abandoned a while ago, and it makes it hard to stomach reading it in an account I love so dearly otherwise. I may wait a while longer to dip into an additional re-read, thought I am sure this is a book I will continue read throughout my life. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This remains one of my most favorite books of all time. So glad to have chosen it to reread in preparation for my return trip to NYC...even if I was weeping on the plane. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I probably should have not read this memoir so soon after I finished Keith Richard's book. I decided to get this because I love music, wanted to have some insight into the punk scene of the 70's, and it had won the National Book Award. The first couple chapters kept my interest a bit as she described her childhood, but it soon turned into very self centered plodding prose. Every sentence seems to be I did, I went , I saw, on and on and on. By the middle of the book, I did not really care what she did, where she went, or who she saw. The name dropping was excessive and just that. Just a list of names without any heft to it, no anecdotes, no storytelling. I finished it, but only because I am so OCD that I had to. ( )
  lonetree1972 | Jun 1, 2021 |
In Patti's last conversation with Robert Mapplethorpe, he said Will you write our story? and she promised she would. The result is this poetic volume. Part elegy and part memoir, the book is illustrated with Robert's striking black and white photos. I read that a later edition has even more photos.

Patti reads the audio version of her book, and I indulged in both—reading the print book and listening to the audio book. Patti has been described as a poet who speaks like a truck driver, and when you hear her, you understand. Her voice, in her writing and in her speaking, is authentic and pure.

In Just Kids Patti writes about her childhood in New Jersey and about moving to New York where she gradually emerged as an artist, poet, and performer-songwriter. She and Robert met early in their starving artist years, drawing inspiration from each other and remaining close even as their relationship shifted and they found themselves with others. They were committed to art and their creative synergy.

Robert died in 1989 as a result of the AIDs virus. Patti's description of her grief is among the most transcendent passages in her book. As she walked by the sea, she found the words and melody that she was to sing at Robert's memorial service.
I had transfigured the twisted aspects of my grief and spread them out as a shining cloth, a memorial song for Robert.
I bought this edition of Just Kids at Goodwill. ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
The reader knows who Smith and Mapplethorpe will become, so it is intriguing to read about his continued attempts to encourage her to become a musician, while she urges him to delve into photography.
 
“Just Kids” is the most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late ’60s and early ’70s that any alumnus has committed to print. The tone is at once flinty and hilarious, which figures: she’s always been both tough and funny, two real saving graces in an artist this prone to excess. What’s sure to make her account a cornucopia for cultural historians, however, is that the atmosphere, personalities and mores of the time are so astutely observed.
 
It’s possible to come away from “Just Kids” with an intact image of the title’s childlike kindred spirits who listened to Tim Hardin’s delicate love songs, wondered if they could afford the extra 10 cents for chocolate milk and treasured each geode, tambourine or silver skull they shared, never wanting what they couldn’t have or unduly caring what the future might bring. If it sometimes sounds like a fairy tale, it also conveys a heartbreakingly clear idea of why Ms. Smith is entitled to tell one.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Smith, Pattiautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Mapplethorpe, RobertFotografoautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Rutten, KathleenTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Speaker, Mary AustinDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Much has been said about Robert, and more will be added. Young men will adopt his gait. Young girls will wear white dresses and mourn his curls. He will be condemned and adored. His excesses damned or romanticized. In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist. It will not fall away. Man cannot judge it. For art sings of God, and ultimately belongs to him.
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In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.

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