Improbable as it may seem, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and rock icon Patti Smith were the closest of friends from the time they arrived in Manhattan in the late 1960s.  They lived together in the Chelsea Hotel, the epicenter of the art and music scene, and were briefly lovers. Their artistic connection lasted until the time of his death in 1989. This memoir is about that friendship, their artistic coming of age, and a very particular time and place, Manhattan in the late 60s and early 70s.