Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just Kids: new book by Patti Smith due for Australian release

Awaiting the Australian release of Patti Smith's new book Just Kids about her life in New York in the 1960's and 1970's and her relationship with photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. There is an insightful and illuminating review of the book by Edmund White in last Saturday's Guardian and another review by Elizabeth Day in the Sunday Observer who concludes with this:
"Just Kids is a compassionate portrait of an unconventional marriage; an intimacy forged through a shared artistic vision. In both the tenderness of her expression and the beauty of her prose, there is no doubt that Patti Smith has given us a fitting memorial to her lost love and to the art they created together".

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