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It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and
riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn
led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert
Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style
toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they
traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street,
and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas
City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969,
the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a
community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists
of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of
heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and
roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding.
In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each
other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by
their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide
for one another during the hungry years.
Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It
serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties
and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and
hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young
artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.
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Fresh Air - NPR - December 9, 2010
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