January 19, 2010
January 19, 2010
An artist and musician recounts her romance, lifetime friendship and shared love of art with Robert Mapplethorpe, in an illustrated memoir that includes a colorful cast of characters, including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, William Burroughs and more. 100,000 first printing.
Punk rock poet Patti Smith pays tribute to a former lover and forever friend, the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, in this paean to their days as impoverished artists in 1970s New York. Both born in 1946, Smith and Mapplethorpe recognized each other as kindred spirits during the seminal summer of 1967, and in the ensuing decade they would nurture each other's artistic instincts through constant poverty and sporadic drug use, until both began to achieve recognition in the mid- to late 1970s. Smith particularly focuses on the couple's years living in the Chelsea Hotel, where they subsisted on Smith's earnings from various bookstores while interacting with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Janis Joplin. With the same brand of ragged rhapsody which infuses her lyrics and poetry, Smith crafts a memorable elegy to her soul mate while capturing the zeitgeist of glamorous abjection which has come to define 1970s New York. JUST KIDS won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction.
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Artists + Architects + Photographers, Composers + Musicians
- Language: English
- Author: Patti Smith
- Online Item #: 12064746
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-5474
- ISBN: 9780066211312
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported