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Living in a way no one would now?
8 November 2016
This is the story of how Patti Smith met and lived with the young Robert Mapplethorpe during the late 60's and 70's and how their relationship remained close even after he realised he was homosexual, and Patti Smith married and had a family. Their eventual success in their chosen fields - singer/songwriter, poet, artist, and in Mapplethorpe's case, photographer, did not come easy. The book is sometimes a shocking read as Smith recounts how they stole, took drugs, lived in squalor, and for Mapplethorpe at times selling his body for money as well as pleasure. Through it all they were unwavering in their determination to follow their art. Eventually, dying of Aids, Mapplethorpe wonders if the quest has caused his death. It's not an easy read but it's a fascinating one, as name upon name appears of the people who made the 60's what it was in the fields of art, music and writing.
Now I must read Rimbaud, who Patti Smith reverences, and references continually.