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Patti Smith Discusses the Life and Work of Robert Mapplethorpe.

Poet, performer, and punk rocker Patti Smith. Early in her career she lived with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and -- she says -- the two helped each other form and develop their individual talents. (Her 1975 debut album cover was photograph was taken by Mappelthorpe.) Terry talks with Smith on the occasion of the publication of, "Mappelthorpe Altars," (Random House) the color companion volume to the collection of his black-and-white prints, "Mapplethorpe" published in 1992. Also Smith has a new short book she wrote dedicated to Mappelthorpe, "The Coral Sea," (W.W. Norton).

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Other segments from the episode on April 24, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 24, 1996: Interview with Patti Smith; Interview with David O. Russell; Review of Graham Swift's novel "Last Orders."

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