New York: Ecco, 2010. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's purple cloth, spine stamped in silver, upper board blindstamped, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Singer, artist, and poet Smith's memoir of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and late 1960s and 70s New York, with cameos by Janice Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Allen Ginsberg. Smith chronicles in a candid yet lyrical style her and Mapplethorpe's friendship, from the making of her 1975 hit album Horses to his artistic career and eventual death from AIDS in 1989. On his deathbed, Smith promised to write about their younger years, before either found fame or fortune. Of this memoir, she says simply, "I wrote it because Robert asked me to" (Classic Rock). Illustrated with black-and-white photos by Smith, Mapplethorpe, Judy Linn, Gerard Malanga and others. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1993