Goodreads Synopsis: Patti’s Smith’s exquisite prose is generously illustrated in this full-color edition of her classic coming-of-age memoir, Just Kids. New York locations vividly come to life where, as young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe met and fell in love: a first apartment in Brooklyn, Times Square with John and Yoko’s iconic billboard, Max’s Kansas City, or the gritty fire escape of the Hotel Chelsea. The extraordinary people who passed through their lives are also pictured: Sam Shepard, Harry Smith, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg. Along with never-before-published photographs, drawings, and ephemera, this edition captures a moment in New York when everything was possible. And when two kids seized their destinies as artists and soul mates in this inspired story of love and friendship.
I stumbled across Just Kids for the first time about five years ago, I was babysitting and wanted something to read while the kids watched tv. The original book came has a black cover and a picture of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and I was intrigued. Since that day I’ve read Just Kids at least once a year, and it’s one of my favorite books of all times.
So when I heard that a new edition was coming out, one that included new and more pictures I knew I had to read it. I’m incredibly lucky that my library is constantly getting new books after they release, they are so on top of things!
This book is very inspiring to me as a writer and lover of all things artistic. From their friendship, love, and work together, the lives of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe never ceases to amaze me. I love how their lives intertwined and how they helped each other grow as artists.
If you don’t know much about them I say you should give this book a try. If you do know about them, I say give this book a try. Even if you’ve read the first edition, I say give this book a try. The new pictures are 100% worth the reread.
I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.