Book review: ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe and their lives together.
Just Kids

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.

Highly recommended.

Richard Carter is a writer and photo­grapher living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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