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Musician, poet and artist Patti Smith has recently released her memoirs in the book “Just Kids”. One of the founders of the New York punk movement, the book chronicles her life from her formative years as a book obsessed teenager in Pennsylvania, it follows her journey to New York in the early 70s where she befriended Allen Ginsberg, dated playwright Sam Shepard (the writer of “Paris, Texas”) and became a part of Andy Warhol’s inner circle.  It also focuses heavily on her iconic 1975 album ‘Horses”, which was one of the first ever punk albums to hit record stores and helped kick start the scene which would launch The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. However, the books real heart lies in her in depth description of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, friends for years they lived and worked together as both struggling and starving artists, developing a strong and devoted mutual love for each other.  A must read book for all you slamxhype fans out there with even a passing interest in the roots of our culture.

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