"Just Kids" is Rock n' Roll Love
Patti Smith is known as an accomplished musician and poet. In her new book Just Kids Smith reflects on life before she and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe established themselves as professional artists. Mapplethorpe and Smith's relationship is a tender, gritty, bohemian, romantic, and tragic love story set during one of the most interesting creative periods in New York City. Both Mapplethorpe and Smith are gloriously struggling to find their way as friends, individuals, artists and lovers. Smith reflects on her introduction to Robert, their dingy apartments, eeking out enough change to drink coffee at corner diners, hanging with the Warhol crowd at Max's Kansas City, and their adventures with fellow wanderers at the Chelsea Hotel. Fans of Smith will find her lyrical, sometimes sentimental, descriptions endearing and heartfelt. "Just Kids" is an outstanding punk rock love story that follows an amazing friendship that lasted a lifetime.