Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe and their lives together.

Just Kids

I bought this book, having heard Patti Smith read extracts from it at a (superb) concern in St Albans in 2013. It is her memoir of her early days as a struggling artist, and her relationship with fellow artist Robert Maplethorpe. Some big names have walk-on parts, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Allen Ginsberg (who mistakes Smith for a boy).

Smith is a wonderfully concise and evocative writer. I look forward to her next collection of memoirs.

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