I first read Just Kids, having heard Patti Smith read extracts from it at a superb concern in St Albans in 2013.
The book is her memoir of her early days as a struggling artist, and her relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Some big names have walk-on parts, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Allen Ginsberg (who mistakes Smith for a boy).
Patti Smith is a marvellous writer. Just Kids wonderfully conveys the New York arts scene in the late Sixties and early Seventies. The Illustrated Edition also contains some great images.
- Buy from Amazon.co.uk
- Buy from Amazon.com
- …or, better still, buy or order a copy from you local, tax-paying independent bookshop—they could do with the help.