Just Kids tells the story of the friendship between singer Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe and how she left at 21 (in 1967) her home in Philadelphia for Brooklyn, arriving full of hope, but then finding herself homeless, jobless, and hungry because her friends where she was supposed to live, moved.

It was then that she met Robert Mapplethorpe, and she describes the artists environment of the time, and places like Max’s Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner’s, Brentano’s, and Strand bookstores, and people like William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Johnny Winter.

Just Kids is more than a passionate eulogy for Mapplethorpe (who died from AIDS in 1989) but also a portrait of an era, places and people that shaped her.

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