Just Kids is the first book of prose by iconic American artist Patti Smith, offering a never-before-seen glimpse into 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. When they met and became lovers, Mapplethorpe’s camera was a constant presence as they went through the city together – from its lowest depths to its highest highs. Their story is also a portrait of that extraordinary time and place which shaped them both and an unprecedented tribute to art itself. Written with effortless grace and authority, Just Kids is both profoundly touching and an enduringly moving read.
Just Kids is a memoir of the year Patti Smith spent growing up in New Jersey and New York City with Robert Mapplethorpe. The book was written in the form of recorded memories, poems, and letters. Just Kids gives you a rare look at their lives together as artists in their 20s through 30s.
Patti Smith’s classic memoir of her extraordinary friendship and artistic collaboration with Robert Mapplethorpe awakens us to the transcendence that can be found in everyday experience. This new edition includes a foreword by author Mark Seal and a new afterword by Patti Smith, who reflects on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe nearly forty years after their deaths.
About Just Kids Book
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.
Just Kids is a blockbuster debut, written with the raw energy of youth and the wisdom of age. Patti Smith’s memoir is a story of friendship, art, and love as fine as any novel. This is an extraordinary book by one extraordinary woman–a revelatory look into the power of creativity, the bonds between friends and lovers, and what it means to be an artist in America.