OM Loves Just Kids, an autobiographical love story by Patti Smith

Oscar Magnuson picked up Just Kids after meeting Patti Smith herself at last year’s Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. It was soon making the rounds of the office like no other book and for good reason.…

To those who know Patti Smith’s work, it won’t come as a big surprise that the singer-songwriter’s latest non-fiction reads like poetry, tells a magnetic love story and is an utter page-turner. Patti is a heroine of music who found her feet and her voice in culturally exploding 1970s New York. Set against a backdrop of Hendrix and Morrison, the Beat Poets and art projects, Just Kids is the beautifully lyrical love story of two penniless creatives – Patti and the superstar photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. A true story of rag to riches, the path was not smooth for these two as they struggled to define their identities as artists and individuals, socially and sexually. Eventually it would tear their love apart, but not before a lifelong friendship was created. To fulfill a promise, Patti documented their story. The result is the phenomenal Just Kids.