Just Kids

Just Kids

Audiobook CD - 2011
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In the summer when Coltrane died, poet Patti Smith fell in love with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Eventually the two joined up with the Andy Warhol superstars and called later Hotel Chelsea home. Here Smith recounts her passionate romance and the incredible artistic atmosphere of the 1960s in this National Book Award-winning biography
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Audio, [p2011]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062109385
0062109383
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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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.

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michaelflanagansf
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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