Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame. Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe's renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City. "Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece."-Johnny Depp
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by Patti Smith
by Alexander McCall Smith
by Gene Smith
"Rock musician Patti Smith, no stranger to the microphone, delivers her memoir of life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe with guarded emotion. After a chance meeting on Smith's first day in New York in 1966, the two remained tightly bonded for the rest of his life. Smith unflinchingly bares their years together, giving equal weight to highs and lows. Despite bouts of homelessness and poverty, the couple was often in the right place to meet some of the greatest artists of their generation, including Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Shepard. Smith, however, is no name-dropper, never exaggerating her relationships and humbly keeping Mapplethorpe at the center of the story. Listeners are treated to one song, and Smith's tone becomes more authentic and personal in her epilogue. C.B.L. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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