Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What I've been reading: JUST KIDS

I really enjoyed Just Kids, by Patti Smith.  It was the best book I read last year, or my favorite at least.  If you haven't read it and you are a musician or artist, check it out.  It was really a beautiful memoir of her friendship/partnership with Robert Mapplethorpe and their lives as artists/musicians in New York.

“So my last image was as the first. A sleeping youth cloaked in light, who opened his eyes with a smile of recognition for someone who had never been a stranger.”         ― Patti Smith, Just Kids

“We feared that the music which had given us sustenance was in danger of spiritual starvation. We feared it losing its sense of purpose, we feared it falling into fattened hands, we feared it floundering in a mire of spectacle, finance, and vapid technical complexity. We would call forth in our minds the image of Paul Revere, riding through the American night, petitioning the people to wake up, to take up arms. We too would take up arms, the arms of our generation, the electric guitar and the microphone.” 
                                                                                      ― Patti Smith, Just Kids

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