Just Kids

Just Kids

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Published: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062111678
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 50 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Patti


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librarylizzard Jul 31, 2015

This was a fantastic recording, as it's read by Patti Smith. Her inflections and strange pronunciations were a bit annoying at first, but hey, she's the real deal and it's her life and experiences being talked about. Not only did I learn a ton about her and her odd relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, I felt like I was there and experiencing NYC in the late 60s. Sure, it's no groundbreaking literary achievement (as many reviews point out), but it is Patti talking about Patti, and it feels genuine. I would suggest this to anyone who wants to learn more about the artsy scene of Andy Warhol, the Chelsea Hotel, and the freer, unmoored existence that was possible during that time.

Apr 16, 2013

It's quite wonderful to hear Patti Smith read the account of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Additionally it's interesting to hear her talk about Harry Smith, Sam Shephard, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

You have the added benefit of hearing the author give phrasing to her poetry when she reads her work near the end of this recording.


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