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“[Just Kids] reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty and revolt are enlightenment’s guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory — one that guides us through the present and into the future.” (Michael Stipe, Time magazine)

“Reading rocker Smith’s account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it’s hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding.” (People, Top 10 Books of 2010)

“The most enchantingly evocative memoir of funky-but-chic New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s that any alumnus has yet committed to print.” (Janet Maslin's top 10 books of 2010, New York Times)

“Composed of incandescent sentences more revelatory than anything from Patti Smith’s poems or songs, her romantic memoir also reveals what blunt narrative instruments the earlier career bios of her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have been.” (Village Voice, Best Books of 2010 Round-Up)

“Smith’s beautifully crafted love letter to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by passion for art and writing. Her elegant eulogy lays bare the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe’s life and work.” (Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of the Year)

“Poetically written and vividly remembered. [Smith] reminded me of the idealism of art.” (Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN, in New York magazine)

“A spellbinding portrait of bohemian New York in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.” (New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row)

“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” (Don Imus)

“Sometimes there is justice in the world. That was my first thought when I heard that Patti Smith had won the National Book Award this fall for her glorious memoir, Just Kids.” (Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of 2010, NPR's Fresh Air)

“[JUST KIDS] offers a revealing account of the fears and insecurities harbored by even the most incendiary artists, as well as their capacity for reverence and tenderness.” (USA Today)

“Smith’s writing about her early days with Mapplethorpe is fervid and incantatory but never falls into incoherence.” (The Oregonian (Portland))

“A heartbreakingly sweet recollection of just that sort of vanished Bohemian life...Just as [Smith] stands out as an artiste in a movement based on collectivism, her singular voice gleams among rock memoirs as a work of literature.” (Boston Globe)

“Just Kids shows how Smith integrated the romance of her twenty-year friendship with Mapplethorpe with her historical preoccupations, elevating them to an almost sacred status. The past, for Smith, has always driven her life forward. If only we could all be so free-spirited.” (The Rumpus)

“Patti Smith’s telling of the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorpe is full of optimism sprinkled with humor...JUST sorely lacking in irony or cynicism; Smith’s worldview is infectious. She’s a jumble of influences, but that’s part of her charm.” (Austin American-Statesman)

“A moving portrait of the artist as a young woman, and a vibrant profile of Smith’s onetime boyfriend and lifelong muse, Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989...JUST KIDS is ultimately a wonderful portal into the dawn of Smith’s art.” (Los Angeles Times)

“A remarkable book --sweet and charming and many other words you wouldn’t expect to apply to a punk-rock icon.” (Newsday)

” A story of art, identity, devotion, discovery, and love, the book is [Smith’s] first prose work...[it] conjures up the passionate collaboration--as lovers, friends, soul mates, and creators--that she and Mapplethorpe embarked on from the summer they met in Brooklyn in 1967.” (Elle)

“Deeply affecting...a vivid portrayal of a bygone New York that could support a countercultural artistic firmament...the power of this book comes from [Smith’s] ability to recall lucid memories in straightforward prose.” (BookForum)

“Funny, fascinating, oddly tender.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

“Patti Smith’s memoir of her youth with Robert Mapplethorpe testifies to a rare and ferocious innocence...’Just Kids’ is a book utterly lacking in irony or sophisticated cynicism.” (

“A shockingly beautiful book...a classic, a romance about becoming an artist in the city, written in a spare, simple style of boyhood memoirs like Frank Conroy’s ‘Stop Time.’” (New York Magazine)

“[A] beautifully crafted love letter to [Robert Mapplethorpe]...Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York...[a] tender and tough memoir...[an] elegant eulogy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Riveting and exquisitely crafted.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Captivating....a poignant requiem...and a radiant celebration of life. Grade: A.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“More than 30 years after its release, Horses still has the power to shock and inspire young musicians to express themselves with unbridled passion. Now she brings the same raw, lyrical quality to her first book of prose.” (Clive Davis, Vanity Fair)

“In the end, [JUST KIDS is] not just an ode to Mapplethorpe, but a love letter to New York City’s ‘70s art scene itself.” (Time Out New York)

“The most compelling memoir by a rock artist since Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles: Volume One,’ written with intimacy and grace....” (Chicago Tribune)

“Astonishing on many levels, most notably for Smith’s lapidary prose....[JUST KIDS] is simply one of the best memoirs to be published in recent years: inspiring, sad, wise and beautifully written.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“[JUST KIDS] is funny and sad but always exhilarating.” (Tampa Tribune)

“Terrifically evocative and splendidly titled...the most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late ’60s and early ’70s that any alumnus has committed to print....This enchanting book is a reminder that not all youthful vainglory is silly; sometimes it’s preparation.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A touching tale of love and devotion.” (Associated Press)

“JUST KIDS describes [Smith and Mapplethorpe’s] ascent with a forthright sweetness that will ring true to anyone who knows her work.” (

“To read JUST KIDS is to be struck by how powerfully the two, especially Smith, believed in the power of art....Despite her music’s angry clamor, despite his sometimes revolting images, Smith and Mapplethorpe retain, in her telling, a primal, childlike innocence.” (Dallas Morning News)

“One of the best books ever written on becoming an artist...Jesus may have died for somebody’s sins, but Patti Smith lives and writes and sings for all of us.” (Washington Post)

“Remarkable, evocative... JUST KIDS is more than just a gift to [Smith’s] ex-lover; it’s a gift to everyone who has ever been touched by their art, and to everyone who’s ever been in love. Like the best of Smith’s music and Mapplethorpe’s art, this book is haunting and unforgettable.” (NPR Boston)

“A revelation. In a spellbinding memoir as notable for its restraint as for its lucidity, its wit as well as its grace, Smith tells the story of how she and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other... beautifully crafted, vivid, and indelible.” (Booklist)

“An utterly charming, captivating, intimate portrait of a late 1960s and early 1970s period of intense artistic ferment in downtown Manhattan significantly shaped and keenly observed by rock firebrand Smith.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Smith lovingly depicts the denizens of the Chelsea Hotel - is that Janis Joplin at the bar? - and the rock club CBGB, all the while pondering how to be an uncompromising artist who nonetheless needs to pay the rent.” (Boston Globe)


'The most beautiful, incredible autobiography - it will make you ache for a time and a place that you probably never knew, New York in the 1970s' Nick Hornby 'A sharp, elegiac and finely crafted tribute to their childlike, pre-fame romance, set against the thrilling back drop of New York's countercultural blast' Sunday Times 'Terrifically evocative ... The most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late '60s and '70s that any alumnus has committed to print' New York Times 'A tender, harrowing, often hilarious portrait of young lovers forging their paths in an eccentric milieu of Beat poets, Warhol socialites, and transvestites, rock stars and artists ... Much has been written about that time, but Just Kids offers new insight' Vogue


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2624 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1 (26. März 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0747568766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747568766
  • ASIN: B003E20ZQA
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen 24 Kundenrezensionen
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Das Buch ist anderweitig schon ausführlich gelobt worden, dem gibt es kaum etwas hinzuzufügen. Meine Bewertung mit vier Sternen gilt daher ausschließlich für die Kindle Edition, in der aus unverständlichen Gründen die Fotos der Druckausgabe fehlen. Wenn schon der Preis für eBooks trotz der vernachlässigbaren 'Herstellungs-' und Distributionskosten meistens deutlich über dem von Paperback-Versionen liegt, sollte nicht noch zusätzlich beim Inhalt geknausert werden. Dies umso mehr, als die Fotos, die ja zum Teil im Text erwähnt und beschrieben werden, einiges dazu beitragen, den Zeitgeist der Erzählung noch besser greifbar zu machen. Kleiner Tipp an die Herausgeber: im Unterschied zu einem Druckwerk wäre hier ein (kostenloses) Update machbar und angebracht.
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Her music reflects inexhaustible strength. So does her language. Being a delicate child, she reads all she can get in her early years. Well read and pregnant at the age of seventeen, she has to move to another house. This evasion is due to bigoted neighbours' hypocritic little town chit-chat. All these adversities make her even stronger. She finally quits her hometown at an early age and takes the bus bound to New York where she meets the late Robert Mappelthorpe. Robert soon becomes her boyfriend. After spending several months of vagrancy on New York doorsills and in subway stations, they find an affordable apartment. Being both erudite in arts and literature, they start an artist's life.
Smith gets a job at the famous Scribner's Bookstore. Robert paints and takes photographs (Some of these picture as well as a few of Patti`s paintings, are included in this volume). The Stones deploy Patti's love for rock. Smith and Robert don't make enough money to afford meals or to go into the major arts exhibitions. So one of them would go inside and tell the other in turn. After their life in a cheap apartment they live in a cheap hotel amongst heroine junkies. One of them is a ballet dancer whose career is already destroyed by his addiction. I very much like Smith's dense description of a dance in the corridor. I could see both the sad appearance and the dancer's ruined body like a movie in my mind. The junkies recommend Patti and Robert to eventually leave this undeserving place.
The book is easy reading and it's full of subliminal wits, philosophy, and intelligence: Patti Smith is not only a great musician, painter, and poet. She is a great intellectual as well. I have loved her work since around 1975 which is the year of her bewildering Rockpalast appearance on German television.
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Zunächst: Ich kann nicht beurteilen, ob man dieses Buch auf englisch lesen muss, da ich die deutsche Version nicht kenne. Ich kann aber definitiv sagen, dass die Sprache von Patti Smith wunderschön ist und es sich unbedingt lohnt dieses Buch zu lesen.

Es handelt - das werden die meisten wissen - von ihrer Freundschaft zu Robert Mapplethorpe, dem sie vor seinem Tod 1989 versprach, dieses Buch zu schreiben. Mapplethorpe ist dabei zwar ein wichtiger Teil, bleibt aber immer ein wenig unnahbar, fast wie ein Geist - eine Person, die gar nicht richtig existiert hat. Man erfährt nicht, was ihn in seiner teilweise extremen Kunst angetrieben hat, weil auch Smith selbst nicht weiß, was ihn genau antrieb.

Dafür erfährt man viel über das Innenleben von Patti Smith. Man erfährt, wieviel Hingabe, aber auch Bodenständigkeit hinter ihrem Erfolg als Musikerin, aber vor allem auch als Schriftstellerin steckt. Lebend im New York der späten 60er und frühen 70er Jahre traf sie dabei zwar so ziemlich alles, was Rang und Namen in der Literaturszene hatte, aber kaum jemand wird dabei zu mehr als nur einer Anekdote. Kein Treffen wird so sehr in den Mittelpunkt gesetzt, dass man das Gefühl hätte, Smith wollte sich über ihre Bekanntschaft mit den Großen der damaligen Zeit profilieren. Und das macht "Just Kids" so wunderschön menschlich und zu einem Buch, das man gerade auch wenn man weder eine besondere Beziehung zu Robert Mapplethorpes Kunst noch zu Patti Smith' Musik hat, unbedingt gelesen haben sollte.
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Patty Smith published Just Kids in 2010 and got the National Book award for it. After dropping out of college and putting up her first child for adoption, Patty Smith migrated as a down and out teenager from New Jersey to the Big Apple in 1967, the Summer Of Love. There she hooked up with the late controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe and grew from there. She witnessed the end of the Velvet Underground era and met up with Janice Joplin at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan were many artists lived at subsidized prices. In the memoirs, you can witness Smith evolving from a kid doing collages with Mapplethorpe and towards a twenty something writing poetry such as her legendary booklet "Piss Factory." From there it was a small step from the early readings to musical accompaniment from guitarist Lenny Kaye which led to the full blown Patti Smith Group in 1974. By 2007 she had also been inducted into the Rock N’ Roll hall of fame. Just Kids, shows a feminine touch with a very clear but intricate style that weaves the decades together with poetic touches. Stylistically Smith is ahead of the pack and ads the most colour to her surroundings, mostly Mapplethorpe, as she was observing rather than just self-absorbed with inner turmoil.
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