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A New York Times bestseller, this is the tragic story of the talented painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, detailing his turbulent childhood, explosive dealings with the elite art world, relationships with such figures as Andy Warhol and Madonna, and rise to fame, which led to his death from a drug overdose at the age of twenty-seven.
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'Compulsively readable' --New York Times
'A terrific book ... most certainly the best book we will have on the never-never land of the Eighties art market' --Tony Parsons
'Hoban's portrait of Eighties Manhattan, scrupulously researched and based on hundreds of riveting interviews, is better than anything written by Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz' --Guardian
Phoebe Hoban writes a weekly column for The New York Times.
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Book Description Quartet Books, London, 1998, 1998. 22.0 x 13.5cms, 400pp, b/w illusts, very good paperback & cover Charismatic and notorious, Jean-Michel Basquiat graduated from graffiti to international celbrity in the early 1980s. He burned brightly on drugs, sex, notoriety and New York glitzerama, Seller Inventory # 174556