Just Kids

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Patti Smith
People & Profiles
Ecco, 2010
Paperback - 320 pages

Just released in soft cover, Patti Smith’s memoir of her life and relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was the winner of the 2010 National Book Award for non-fiction. Best known to most as the intense rocker of “Horses” and “Because the Night," Smith also has a deep reputation as a poet with influences ranging from Arthur Rimbaud to Bob Dylan (or the other way around as she would put it!). Her rhythms and phrasing emerge equally in her intensely personal prose drawn from years as a disciplined diarist. The synthesis of her ethereal style with her access to the hard contemporaneous facts from the diaries makes this a unique and compelling portrait of two often misunderstood artists.