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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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Feb 05, 2011

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This is Patti Smith's ode to the era of sex, drugs, rock & roll which inevitably led to overdoses and AIDS. It was written to honor her memory of Robert Mapplethorpe, her best friend and sometimes lover from that period of her life. Unfortunately, Robert comes out as the worst kind of whore, not only selling his body, but also his art. Patti supported him in their abject poverty until Sam Wagstaff became Robert's patron.

I remember that era since I came to California during the summer of love. It was a wonderful time to be young because we felt like we could change the world. It was the era of anti-war protests, women's liberation, free music in the park and great innovation in education and child rearing.

Somehow, Patti and her group of artists (many of whom became very famous) missed all that as they focused on their art and desire for success.

This is the first book I read after finishing "The Book Thief" so my standards may be higher than usual.

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