«It was the summer Coltrane died. The summer of "Crystal Ship". Flower children raised their empty arms and China exploded the H-bomb. Jimi Hendrix set his guitar in flames in Monterey. AM radio played "Ode to Billie Joe". There were riots in Newark, Milwaukee, nd Detroit. It was the summer of Elvira Madigan, the summer of love. And in this shifting, inhospitable atmosphere, a chance encounter changed the course of my life.
It was the summer I met Robert Mapplethorpe.»
- Patti Smith, Just Kids (Bloomsbury)