Just Kids

By Patti Smith
Read by Patti Smith

9.85 Hours 07/26/2011 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

Oprah Pick for Best Memoirs of a Generation

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction

People Magazine Best Book of 2010

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Autobiography

A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Winner of the 2011 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Best Audiobook

A USA Today bestseller

An Indie Next Notable Title, February 2010

A 2010 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

A 2010 ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2010

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Words bob and weave as if set to music, and Smith transforms her prose into a series of entrancing sounds—as interesting for their rhythms as their meaning. Using shifts in cadence and pregnant pauses, she allows silence to convey as much as words. Even phrases that clanged on the page sound perfect when Smith reads them herself. She writes of her youth and young womanhood, and something of those long-gone days emerges in the tone of her voice.” Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)
“Rock musician Patti Smith, no stranger to the microphone, delivers her memoir of life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe with guarded emotion…Listeners are treated to one song, and Smith’s tone becomes more authentic and personal in her epilogue.” AudioFile
“This book is so honest and pure as to count as true rapture.” Joan Didion, New York Times bestselling author
“Reading rocker Smith’s account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it’s hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding.” People
“The most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late ’60s and early ’70s that any alumnus has yet committed to print…This enchanting book is a reminder that not all youthful vainglory is silly; sometimes it’s preparation. Few artists ever proved it like these two.” New York Times Book Review
“More than just a 1970s bohemian rhapsody, Just Kids is one of the best books ever written on becoming an artist—not the race for online celebrity and corporate sponsorship that often passes for artistic success these days, but the far more powerful, often difficult journey toward the ecstatic experience of capturing radiance of imagination on a page or stage or photographic paper.” Washington Post
“Astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith’s lapidary prose…Simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise, and beautifully written.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached.” Johnny Depp
“Last Christmas, driving from LA to San Francisco, I listened to Patti Smith’s Just Kids. It was a revelation. Or rather, she was. What is it about her voice? The way she uses her words and makes them sing? Her pace? Slow. Captivating. Patti and I are the same age. We both lived in New York during those early years of our careers. Yet without her book on tape I could never have imagined New York or the people she knew, or her beautiful mind. It was the sound of her voice coming through loud and clear, but quiet and compelling.” Diane Keaton
“Reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty, and revolt are enlightenment’s guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory—one that guides them through the present and into the future.” Michael Stipe, frontman of REM
“One of the best things I’ve read in my life.” Don Imus

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Author

Author Bio: Patti Smith

Patti Smith is a performer, visual artist, and author of numerous books. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. She was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English