One of the first books I’ve read in this new year, might just end up being one of my favorites of the year!
Patti Smith went to New York City in the late 60’s, determined to make art her life. Through a series of almost unlikely events, she meets Robert Mapplethorpe, and they become life-long soul mates, as they eventually both become famous - Patti ultimately in music, Robert in photography.
Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, 2010 National Book Award nonfiction winner, describes the NYC scene in the late 60’s and 70’s; shares tales of the Chelsea Hotel, Scribner’s ,Brentano’s and Strand bookstores; and relationships with many then emerging artists – Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter among others.
Mostly, however, this memoir is a tender love letter to Robert, their deep friendship and her abiding belief in his genius.
I know it is early to declare favorites of the year – it’s only January - but I will say my reading year is off to a wonderful start.
“Just Kids” by Patti Smith