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Monday, August 13, 2012

Just Kids

Just Kids by Patti Smith
Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer who is known for his black and white portraits. Patti Smith is a singer/songwriter. In 1967 when they were both 21, they met on the streets of New York and became lovers and lifelong friends. They lived together and went from street kids to artists. Their paths led them apart but they never stopped caring for each other. In 1989 Robert's dying request was that Patti write their story. This is that story told lovingly by the one who survived. It is a very personal biography and a unique look at New York in the 1960s. Smith's memoir is strong and a compelling look at the early years of two of the late 20th century's greatest artists.