Marianne Faithfull
English singer and former lover of Mick Jagger
Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Evelyn Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades. Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two-thirds of that decade, she produced only two little-noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed album, Broken English.
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Review: The Soundtrack Is the Star of ‘Who’s Crazy?’
NYTimes - 15 days
Featuring Ornette Coleman and Marianne Faithfull, the music provides counterpoint to a tale of patients from a psychiatric institution on a kind of holiday.
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My Bookshelf, Myself: My 10 Favorite Books: Marianne Faithfull
NYTimes - 8 months
The singer shares the titles she’d most want with her on a desert island.
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On my radar: Marianne Faithfull’s cultural highlights
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
The singer-songwriter on the French band Téléphone, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Kurosawa’s stunning Throne of Blood and a cool Parisian sushi restaurant The singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull’s career spans 18 albums and six decades. Spotted aged 16 by the Rolling Stones’s manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, she released several folk-pop albums and co-wrote the Stones’s Sister Morphine with her then boyfriend, Mick Jagger. After a decade battling drug addiction, she made a comeback with her 1979 new wave album, Broken English, before reinventing herself again in the 1980s as a blues and jazz singer. She has since worked with Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Metallica, Beck, Jarvis Cocker, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Her acting career includes the cult film The Girl on a Motorcycle, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and playing God in Absolutely Fabulous, opposite her friend Anita Pallenberg as the devil. Having completed a 50th anniversary world tour, Faithfull plays the Roundhouse in London on 2 Febru ...
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AIDSbeat 2013 will be a rock and roll circus
Financial Post - over 3 years
The 18th annual instalment of AIDSbeat takes place in Toronto on Oct. 25, and this year’s theme is “Rock and Roll Circus.” About 1,700 people are expected to attend the event, a law firm battle of the bands that raises funds for CANFAR, a national organization that funds HIV and AIDS research. At least 90% of the funds raised through the show go to CANFAR. This year’s show is inspired by a circus-themed concert movie shot in December 1968 that features The Rolling Stones and several musical guests, among them The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Eric Clapton and John Lennon. I’m not sure how many people might recognize that particular film, but the point of the show isn’t to replicate the concert. Rather, this year’s AIDSbeat is based on an idea explored in the movie: there’s a natural fit between the spectacle of the circus and the showmanship of rock and roll. Mick Jagger is as much a singer as he is a ringmaster. The venue, Toronto’s Kool Haus, will be filled with iconic, Big Top e ...
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: 'Working Class Hero' Playlist
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Lennon Song: Working Class Hero Album: Lennon Legend Genre: Rock Buy: Amazon.com The Real Efforts of Real People Song: On the Sunday Before Labor Day Album: Half Truths-EP Genre: Alternative Buy: Bandcamp.com Roy Orbison Song: Workin' for the Man Album: 16 Biggest Hits: Roy Orbison Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Lucinda Williams Song: Fruits of My Labor Album: World Without Tears Genre: Singer/Songwriter Buy: iTunes.com Al Green Song: It Ain't No Fun to Me Album: Let's Stay Together Genre: R&B/Soul Buy: iTunes.com Woody Guthrie Song: Talking Hard Work Album: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 Genre: Folk Buy: iTunes.com Marvin Etzioni Song: Son of a Carpenter Album: Marvin Country! Genre: Country Buy: iTunes.com The Cure Song: The Last Day of Summer (LP Version) Album: Bloodflowers Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Lucy Walsh ...
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Stephen D. Winick: Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Clipper Ship Three Brothers, 2972 tons: The Largest Sailing Ship in the World. This hand-colored lithograph was published by Currier & Ives in 1875, and is therefore in the public domain. In the folk world, "Sea Music" or "Maritime Music" refers to the work songs and leisure music of people who make their living from the sea: sailors, fisher-folk and watermen of all kinds. There's a thriving scene for historical and contemporary sea music, with festivals all over Europe and North America. Here in the U.S., the premiere festival is at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and last month my band Ocean Celtic was lucky enough to play there and meet many of the great sea music performers from all over the world. I'll introduce you to some of this music through some prominent recordings. I'll start out with Geoff Kaufman's Sea Song Sampler. Kaufman is on the staff of Mystic Seaport, and the festival's main organizer. He's also one of the most acclaimed performers of sea music in ...
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WHOA: Rare Glimpse Into Mick Jagger's Life In The '60s
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Mick Jagger turns 70 today, unofficially becoming a living monument to the life-enhancing benefits of aerobic dance. Exhibit A: To celebrate the rock god's birthday, we're taking a look back at one of his less-entertaining moments -- but one that resulted in a rare glimpse into Jagger's home. In 1969, Jagger's house was raided by police. He and Marianne Faithfull were subsequently arrested for marijuana possession. When their arrest records were released in 2005, the file included photos that offer a peek into the interior design choices of a legend. As expected, there were plenty of "strong" design choices. Let's take a look, shall we? Take a look into the homes of today's biggest celebrities. Not a fake deer head in sight. Have something to say? Check out HuffPost Home on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram. ** Do you have a home story idea or tip? Email us at homesubmissions@huffingtonpost.com. (PR pitches sent to this ...
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ArtsBeat: Concert Tribute to Piaf Planned for September
NYTimes - over 3 years
A concert at the Beacon Theater is to include an impressive lineup of female vocalists, including Marianne Faithfull, Duffy, Madeleine Peyroux and Angelique Kidjo.     
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Lebanon Baalbek festival moves near Beirut over security
Fox News - over 3 years
Lebanon's renowned Baalbek International Festival, normally held in the town's spectacular Roman ruins, will move to a venue near Beirut amid security fears linked to the Syrian conflict, organisers said on Tuesday. "Despite the situation and after consultation with the authorities we have decided to hold the festival but change the location," organisers said in a statement. "It will be held instead at the Magnanerie of Jdeideh, an old building that housed a silk factory in the 19th century." "We chose this location because it is on the outskirts of Beirut and is accessible to all," the statement added. Organisers announced last month that the festival would be moved from Baalbek over security fears as the conflict in Syria spills over increasingly into neighbouring Lebanon. They announced that American soprano Renee Fleming, who had been due to headline the festival, had cancelled her participation in the event, one of the Arab world's leading cultural gatherings. Rockets fired ...
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Rock Icons Sing Pirate Songs On 'Son Of Rogues Gallery'
NPR - about 4 years
Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Marc Almond, Marianne Faithfull, Shane MacGowan and others appear on a new two-disc compilation of pirate ballads and sea songs called Son of Rogues Gallery. Here, Terry Gross talks with Hal Willner, the project's producer, about some of the stories behind the project. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 263
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Al BowllySouth African crooner/composer/bandleader Al Bowlly was born in Mozambique of Greek and Lebanese roots just before the turn of the 20th century. Raised in Johannesburg, he made his first career moves in the Roaring '20s with bandleaders Edgar Adeler and later Jimmy Liquime, racking up passport stamps throughout Africa, Indonesia, India, Singapore and Berlin. Bowlly hit his stride in Depression-era London singing with dance orchestras, performing on radio, and recording hundreds of titles. Early microphone technology in 1931 gave Bowlly a jump on his signature style, earning him "pop star" props. During the mid-'30s, he made a splash Stateside and a footprint in Hollywood, ultimately returning to the UK in 1937. Collaborations include Roy Fox, Ray Nobel, Lew Stone, Fred Elizalde, Maurice Winnick, Sidney Lipton, Jimmy Messene, Gerald "Geraldo" Bright and Ken Johnson. Among Bowlly's featured song credits are Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Steven Spielberg' ...
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The Original "Biker Babe"
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Marianne Faithfull has had a tumultuous singing and acting career spanning five decades. Discovered by the Rolling Stones as a teenager, her first song "As Tears Go By" was penned by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Soon after she became Jagger's much publicized girlfriend and told an inteviewer: "My first move was to get a Rolling Stone as a boyfriend. I slept with three and decided the lead singer was the best bet." And that was just the start of Faithfull's wild ride in the rock world. Some of the Stones best songs, like “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Wild Horses," were reportedly written about her reckless lifestyle. In 1979, following years of problems with drug addiction and anorexia, Faithfull had a career revival with the album "Broken English." Now at age 65 she is sober and has written two books about her life. Although the songstress has had a big influence on the music world, her contribution to fashion is undeniable. As t ...
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Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull preferred reading to sex
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
Sir Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull preferred reading to having sex in their relationship, biographer Philip Norman has claimed in
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Des lettres d'amour écrites par Mick Jagger vendues aux enchères en Grande-Bretagne
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
ROLLING STONES - Des lettres d'amour écrites pendant l'été 1969 par le chanteur des Rolling Stones Mick Jagger à la chanteuse noire-américaine Marsha Hunt, avec qui il entretenait une liaison, seront mises en vente à Londres par Sotheby's le 12 décembre, annonce samedi la maison d'enchères. A l'époque où ces lettres manuscrites ont été écrites, Mick Jagger tournait un film dans le désert australien tandis que Marsha Hunt jouait dans la comédie musicale "Hair" à Londres. L'affiche officielle du spectacle la montrait avec sa coiffure exubérante. "Elles évoquent les premiers pas sur la Lune, John et Yoko, Christopher Isherwood ou le festival de l'île de Wight" dans le sud de l'Angleterre, a confié la chanteuse à qui ces lettres étaient adressées. "Malgré sa célébrité et la mienne en tant que chanteuse, actrice, mannequin pour Vogue et star de la comédie musicale Hair à Londres, notre histoire d'amour est restée secrète du fait de ses inquiétudes après la mort de Brian Jones et la tentativ ...
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Stars Record Amnesty International Anniversary Track
Female First - almost 5 years
Stars including EWAN McGREGOR, Carly Simon and Marianne Faithfull have teamed up to record a song commemorating the 50th birthday of Amnesty International.
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John Gibson: The silvery Tay is now the magnet
Scotsman - almost 5 years
Dammit, Dundee’s out to spoil my recurring cheap little joke at its expense. The city by the silvery Tay on a beautiful day of four Js, I’ve liked to jibe . . . . jute, jam, journalism and Jesus, who’d want to live in a place like this! Now, I hear in disbelief, it has launched a campaign to dramatically change its image. To lure Edinburgh and Glasgow residents to settle there and take advantage of the many delights planned for it by the city council’s visionary, Stan Ure. A city with “vision and aspiration”, he’s touting. Gives me no joy at all to respond with, “Stan Ure, you’re on a loser.” Mind you, we can carp when Edinburgh’s grandiose multi-million pound plan to convert the waterfront between Granton and Leith into a poor man’s riviera has been scuppered. Maybe the Dundee ploy merits second thoughts (just joking). Afterwords . . . . . from Marianne Faithfull, currently enjoying the role of curator at the Tate Liverpool: “One of the things that attracted me most to Mick Jag ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marianne Faithfull
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    During a webchat hosted by The Guardian on 1 February 2016, Faithfull revealed plans to release a live album from her 50th Anniversary tour.
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  • 2014
    She started a 12-month 50th anniversary tour at the end of 2014.
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    In September 2014, Faithfull released an album of all-new material, titled Give My Love to London.
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    On 30 May 2014 Faithfull suffered a broken hip after a fall while on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes and underwent surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, an infection formed where the prosthetic was placed, causing Marianne to cancel or postpone parts of her 50th Anniversary tour for additional surgery and rehabilitation. She has stated the initial infection was the result of the doctor performing the initial procedure not washing his hands beforehand. Marianne was able to quit smoking during this time period. In addition to her music career, Faithfull has had a career as an actress in theatre, television and film. Her first professional theatre appearance was in a 1967 stage adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in which she played Irina, co-starring with Glenda Jackson and Avril Elgar. Before that she played herself in Jean-Luc Godard's film Made in U.S.A. Faithfull has also appeared in the 1967 film I'll Never Forget What's'isname alongside Orson Welles (where she notably became the first person to say "fuck" in a mainstream studio picture), in the French television film Anna, starring Anna Karina (in which Faithfull sang Serge Gainsbourg's "Hier ou Demain"), as a leather-clad motorcyclist in the 1968 French film La Motocyclette (English titles: Girl on a Motorcycle and Naked Under Leather) opposite Alain Delon, and in Kenneth Anger's 1969 film Lucifer Rising, in which she played Lilith. In 1969, Faithfull played Ophelia opposite Nicol Williamson's title character in Hamlet, directed by Tony Richardson and featuring Anthony Hopkins as Claudius.
  • 2013
    On 22 June 2013 she made a sell-out concert appearance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with jazz musician Bill Frisell playing guitar, as a part of Meltdown Festival curated by Yoko Ono.
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  • 2012
    In late 2012, Faithfull performed in a production of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins at the Linz State Theatre.
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  • 2011
    She reunited with Metallica in December 2011 for their 30th anniversary celebration at the Fillmore where she performed "The Memory Remains".
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull has recently recorded a cover version of a Stevie Nicks track from the Fleetwood Mac album Tusk as part of a Fleetwood Mac tribute project. The track "Angel" was released on 14 August 2012 as part of the tribute album Just Tell Me That You Want Me.
    On 7 May 2011 she appeared on BBC Radio 2's Graham Norton Show.
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    On 31 January 2011, Faithfull released her 18th studio album Horses and High Heels in mainland Europe with mixed reviews from the most important media.
    More Details Hide Details The 13 track album contains four songs co-written by Faithfull; the rest are covers of mainly well known songs such as Dusty Springfield's "Goin' Back" and the Shangri-Las' "Past, Present, Future". A UK CD release was planned for 7 March 2011. Faithfull supported the album's release with an extensive European tour with a five-piece band, arriving in the UK on 24 May for a rare show at London's Barbican Centre, with an extra UK show at Leamington Spa on 26 May. TV and media interviews were also planned as part of the promotion.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On 13 November 2009, Faithfull was interviewed by Jennifer Davies on World Radio Switzerland, where she described the challenges of being stereotyped as a "mother, or the pure wife".
    More Details Hide Details Because of this, she insisted, it has been hard to maintain a long career as a female artist, which, she said, gave her empathy for Amy Winehouse when they met recently. In the interview, Faithfull also said that she hoped to find love soon.
    On 3 May 2009, she was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning and interviewed by Anthony Mason in the "Sunday Profile" segment.
    More Details Hide Details Both in-studio and on-the-street (New York City) interview segments with Faithfull and Mason were interspersed with extensive biographical and musical footage. In 2010, she was honoured with the Icon of the Year award from Q magazine.
    On 18 April 2009, Faithfull revealed separately in an interview, reported in the Daily Mail, that although Ravard was still her manager, their 15-year relationship had ended some months before.
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull stated, "I'm all right but I have had a bit of an adventure – my relationship broke up. I felt very betrayed and lonely. I am much, much better now, but it is not good for your self-esteem."
    In March 2009, Faithfull claimed on The Andrew Marr Show that, following the death of her cousin, she had inherited the title Baroness Von Sacher-Masoch, but chose not to use it.
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    On 31 March 2009, Faithfull performed "The Crane Wife 3" on The Late Show.
    More Details Hide Details In late March, she began the Easy Come, Easy Go tour, which took her to France, Germany, Austria, New York City, Los Angeles and London.
  • 2007
    At the 20th annual European Film Awards ceremony held in Berlin, on 1 December 2007, Faithfull lost to Helen Mirren.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 March 2009, Faithfull received the World Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2009 Women's World Awards. "Marianne's contribution to the arts over a 45-year career including 18 studio albums as a singer, songwriter and interpreter, and numerous appearances on stage and screen is now being acknowledged with this special award." The award was presented in Vienna, with ceremonies televised in over 40 countries on 8 March 2009 as part of International Women's Day. On 23 March 2011 Faithfull was awarded the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France's highest cultural honours. Faithfull's touring and work schedule has been repeatedly interrupted by health problems. In late 2004 she called off the European leg of a world tour, promoting Before The Poison after collapsing on stage in Milan, and was hospitalised for exhaustion. The tour resumed later and included a US leg in 2005. In September 2006, she again called off a concert tour, this time after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following month, she underwent surgery in France and no further treatment was necessary owing to the tumour having been caught at a very early stage. Less than two months after she declared having beaten the disease, Faithfull made her public statement of full recovery.
    Recording of her studio album Easy Come, Easy Go commenced in New York City on 6 December 2007; the album is produced by Hal Willner who also produced her 1987 album Strange Weather.
    More Details Hide Details A version of Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help Me" from his 2006 album, Ringleader of the Tormentors is one of the songs featured, and the album is available both as 10-song CD and 18-song CD-DVD combination. A collectible vinyl pressing is also available. The EU release on Naive was 10 November 2008. The US, UK and Australian release dates for Marianne's new album are.. US release: 17 March 2009 on Decca, UK release: 16 March 2009 on Dramatico, Australian release: 14 February 2009 on Shock records.
    In March 2007 she returned to the stage with a touring show entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience.
    More Details Hide Details Supported by a trio, the performance had a semi-acoustic feel and toured European theatres throughout the spring and summer. The show featured many songs she had not performed live before including "Something Better", the song she sang on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. The show also included the Harry Nilsson song "Don't Forget Me", "Marathon Kiss" from Vagabond Ways and a version of the traditional "Spike Driver Blues". Recent articles hint Faithfull is looking to retirement, in hopes money from Songs of the Innocence and Experience will enable her to live in comfort. The 60-year-old said: "I'm not prepared to be 70 and absolutely broke. I realised last year that I have no safety net at all and I'm going to have to get one. So I need to change my attitude to life, which means I have to put away 10 per cent every year of my old age. I want to be in a position where I don't have to work. I should have thought about this a long time ago but I didn't." However, she still lived in her flat in Paris (located in one of the most expensive streets of the capital) and had a house in County Waterford, Ireland.
    In 2007, Faithfull collaborated with the British singer/songwriter, Patrick Wolf on the duet "Magpie" from his third album The Magic Position and wrote and recorded a new song for the French film Truands called "A Lean and Hungry Look" with Ulysse.
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  • 2005
    In 2005 she recorded (and co-produced) "Lola R Forever", a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg song "Lola Rastaquouere" with Sly & Robbie for the tribute album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited.
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    In 2005, she released Before the Poison.
    More Details Hide Details The album was primarily a collaboration with PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, though Damon Albarn and Jon Brion also contributed. Before the Poison received mixed reviews from both Rolling Stone and Village Voice.
  • 2002
    Her renaissance continued with Kissin Time, released in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The album contained songs written with Blur, Beck, Billy Corgan, Jarvis Cocker, Dave Stewart, David Courts and the French pop singer Étienne Daho. On this record, she paid tribute to Nico (with "Song for Nico"), whose work she admired. The album also included an autobiographical song she co-wrote with Cocker, called "Sliding Through Life on Charm".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    The song was eventually recorded by Marianne Faithfull on her 1999 album Vagabond Ways.
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull released several albums in the 2000s that received positive critical response, beginning with Vagabond Ways (1999), which was produced and recorded by Mark Howard. It included collaborations with Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and writer (and friend) Frank McGuinness. Later that year she sang "Love Got Lost" on Joe Jackson's Night and Day II.
    Faithfull's 1999 DVD Dreaming My Dreams contained material about her childhood and parents, with historical video footage going back to 1964 and interviews with the artist and several friends who have known her since childhood.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary included sections on her relationship with John Dunbar and Mick Jagger, and brief interviews with Keith Richards. It concluded with footage from a 30-minute live concert, originally broadcast on PBS for the series Sessions at West 54th. That same year, she ranked 25th in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) wrote the song Incarceration of a Flower Child in 1968; it was never recorded by Pink Floyd.
  • 1998
    In 1998 Faithfull released A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology, a two-disc compilation that chronicled her years with Island Records.
    More Details Hide Details It featured tracks from her albums Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, A Child's Adventure, Strange Weather, Blazing Away, and A Secret Life, as well as several B sides and unreleased tracks.
    As her fascination with the music of Weimar-era Germany continued, Faithfull performed in The Threepenny Opera at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, playing Pirate Jenny. Her interpretation of the music led to a new album, Twentieth Century Blues (1996), which focused on the music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht as well as Noël Coward, followed in 1998 by a recording of The Seven Deadly Sins, with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
    More Details Hide Details A hugely successful concert and cabaret tour accompanied by Paul Trueblood at the piano, culminated in the filming, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, of the DVD Marianne Faithfull Sings Kurt Weill.
  • 1997
    Faithfull also sang background vocals on Metallica's song "The Memory Remains" from their 1997 album ReLoad and appeared in the song's music video; the track reached No. 28 in the U.S. (No.3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart) and No.13 in the UK.
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  • 1996
    Faithfull sang a duet and recited text on the San Francisco band Oxbow's 1996 album Serenade in Red.
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  • 1995
    Faithfull also sang "Love is Teasin," an Irish folk standard, with The Chieftains on their album The Long Black Veil, released in 1995.
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  • 1994
    A Collection of Her Best Recordings was released in 1994 by Island Records to coincide with the release of the Faithfull autobiography; the two products originally shared the same cover art.
    More Details Hide Details It contained Faithfull's updated version of "As Tears Go By" from Strange Weather, several cuts from Broken English and A Child's Adventure and a song written by Patti Smith scheduled for inclusion on an Irish AIDS benefit album. This track, "Ghost Dance", suggested to Faithfull by a friend who later died of AIDS, was made with a trio of old acquaintances: Stones' drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ron Wood backed Faithfull's vocals on the song, while Keith Richards coproduced it. The retrospective album also featured one live track, "Times Square", from Blazing Away as well as a new Faithfull original, "She", penned with composer and arranger Angelo Badalamenti to be released the following year on A Secret Life, with additional songs co written with Badalamenti.
  • 1990
    When Roger Waters assembled an all-star cast of musicians to perform the rock opera The Wall live in Berlin in July 1990, Faithfull played the part of Pink's overprotective mother.
    More Details Hide Details Her musical career rebounded for the third time during the early 1990s with the live album Blazing Away, which featured Faithfull revisiting songs she had performed over the course of her career. Blazing Away was recorded at St. Ann's Cathedral in Brooklyn. The 13 selections include "Sister Morphine", a cover of Edith Piaf's "Les Prisons du Roy", and "Why D'Ya Do It?" from Broken English. Alanna Nash of Stereo Review commended the musicians whom Faithfull had chosen to back her—longtime guitarist Reynolds was joined by former Band member Garth Hudson and pianist Dr. John. Nash was also impressed with the album's autobiographical tone, noting "Faithfull's gritty alto is a cracked and halting rasp, the voice of a woman who's been to hell and back on the excursion fare which, of course, she has." The reviewer extolled Faithfull as "one of the most challenging and artful of women artists," and Rolling Stone writer Fred Goodman asserted: "Blazing Away is a fine retrospective – proof that we can still expect great things from this greying, jaded contessa."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    In 1988, Faithfull married writer and actor Giorgio Della Terza, but they divorced in 1991.
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  • 1987
    In a 1987 interview with Rory O'Connor of Vogue, Faithfull declared, "forty is the age to sing it, not seventeen."
    More Details Hide Details The album of covers was produced by Hal Willner after the two had spent numerous weekends listening to hundreds of songs from the annals of 20th-century music. They chose to record such diverse tracks as Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It with Mine" and "Yesterdays", written by Broadway composers Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach. The work also includes tunes first made notable by such blues luminaries as Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith; Tom Waits wrote the title track.
    In 1987, Faithfull again reinvented herself, this time as a jazz and blues singer, on Strange Weather, also produced by Willner.
    More Details Hide Details The album became her most critically lauded album of the decade. Coming full circle, the renewed Faithfull cut another recording of "As Tears Go By" for Strange Weather, this time in a tighter, more gravelly voice. The singer confessed to a lingering irritation with her first hit. "I always childishly thought that was where my problems started, with that damn song," she told Jay Cocks in Time magazine, but she came to terms with it as well as with her past.
    In 1987, Faithfull dedicated a "thank you" to Tose within the album package of Strange Weather, on the back sleeve: "To Howard Tose with love and thanks".
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull's divorce from Brierly was also finalised that year. In 1995, she wrote and sang about Tose's death in "Flaming September" from the album A Secret Life.
  • 1985
    In 1985, she was at the Hazelden Foundation Clinic in Minnesota for rehabilitation.
    More Details Hide Details She then received treatment at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. While living at a hotel in nearby Cambridge, Faithfull started an affair (while still married to Brierly) with a dual diagnosis (mentally ill and drug dependent) man, Howard Tose, who later committed suicide by jumping from a 14th floor window of the flat they shared.
    In 1985, Faithfull performed "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife" on Hal Willner's tribute album Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill.
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull's restrained readings lent themselves to the material, and this collaboration informed several subsequent works.
  • 1981
    Faithfull began living in New York after the release of the follow-up to Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her comeback, she was still battling with addiction in the mid-1980s, at one point breaking her jaw tripping on a flight of stairs while under the influence. In another incident her heart stopped. A disastrous appearance on Saturday Night Live was blamed on too many rehearsals, but it was suspected that drugs had caused her vocal cords to seize up. Rich Kid Blues (1984) was another collection of her early work combined with new recordings, a double record showcasing both the pop and rock 'n' roll facets of her output to date.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Faithfull's career returned full force in 1979 (the same year she was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway) with the album Broken English, one of her most critically hailed albums.
    More Details Hide Details The album was partially influenced by the punk explosion and her marriage to Brierly in the same year. In addition to the punk-pop sounds of the title track (which addressed terrorism in Europe, being dedicated to Ulrike Meinhof), the album also included "Why D'Ya Do It?", a punk-reggae song with aggressive lyrics adapted from a poem by Heathcote Williams. The musical structure of this song is complex; though on the surface hard rock, it is a tango in 4/4 time, with an opening electric guitar riff by Barry Reynolds in which beats 1 and 4 of each measure are accented on the up-beat, and beat 3 is accented on the down beat. Faithfull, in her autobiography, commented that her fluid yet rhythmic reading of Williams' lyric was "an early form of rap". Broken English was also the album which revealed the full extent of Faithfull's drinking and drug use and its effect on her singing voice, with the melodic vocals on her early records being replaced by a raucous, deep voice which helped capture the raw emotions expressed in the album's songs.
  • 1975
    In 1975 she released the country-influenced record Dreamin' My Dreams (a.k.a.
    More Details Hide Details Faithless), which reached No.1 on the Irish Albums Chart. Faithfull moved into a squat without hot water or electricity in Chelsea with then-boyfriend Ben Brierly, of the punk band the Vibrators. She later shared flats in Chelsea and Regent's Park with Henrietta Moraes.
  • 1971
    In 1971, producer Mike Leander found her on the streets and made an attempt to revive her career, producing part of her album Rich Kid Blues.
    More Details Hide Details The album was shelved until 1985. Severe laryngitis, coupled with persistent drug abuse during this period, permanently altered Faithfull's voice, leaving it cracked and lower in pitch. While the new sound was praised as "whisky soaked" by some critics, journalist John Jones, of the Sunday Times, wrote that she had "permanently vulgarised her voice".
  • 1970
    Faithfull ended her relationship with Jagger in May 1970, and she lost custody of her son in that same year, which led to her attempting suicide.
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull's personal life went into decline, and her career went into a tailspin. She only made a few appearances, including a 1973 performance at NBC with David Bowie, singing Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe". Faithfull lived on London's Soho streets for two years, suffering from heroin addiction and anorexia nervosa. Friends intervened and enrolled her in an NHS drug programme, from which she could get her daily fix on prescription from a chemist. She was one of the programme's most notorious failures, neither controlling nor stabilising her addiction as the NHS intended.
  • 1969
    The song "You Can't Always Get What You Want," on the 1969 album Let It Bleed, was supposedly written and composed about Faithfull; the songs "Wild Horses" and "I Got the Blues" on the 1971 album Sticky Fingers were also allegedly influenced by Faithfull, and she co-wrote "Sister Morphine." (The writing credit for the song was the subject of a protracted legal battle; the resolution of the case has Faithfull listed as co-author of the song.) In her autobiography, Faithfull said Jagger and Richards released it in their own names so that her agent did not collect all the royalties and proceeds from the song, especially as she was homeless and battling with heroin addiction at the time.
    More Details Hide Details Faithfull appeared in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus concert, giving a solo performance of "Something Better." According to Graham Nash, his song "Carrie Anne," performed by the Hollies, of which he was then a member, is about that time in her life as well. The Beatles' 1966 song "And Your Bird Can Sing" on the Revolver album might also have been written and composed about her.
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  • 1968
    Faithfull's involvement in Jagger's life would be reflected in some of the Rolling Stones's best known songs. "Sympathy for the Devil," featured on the 1968 album Beggars Banquet, was partially inspired by The Master and Margarita, written by Mikhail Bulgakov, a book to which Faithfull introduced Jagger.
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    In 1968, Faithfull, by now addicted to cocaine, miscarried a daughter (whom she had named Corrina) while retreating to Jagger's country house in Ireland.
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  • 1966
    In 1966 she took their son to stay with Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg in London.
    More Details Hide Details During that time period, Faithfull started smoking marijuana and became best friends with Pallenberg. She also began a much publicised relationship with Mick Jagger that same year. The couple became notorious and largely part of the hip Swinging London scene. She was found wearing only a fur rug by police executing a drug search at Keith Richards's house in West Wittering, Sussex. In an interview 27 years later with A.M. Homes for Details, Faithfull discussed her wilder days and admitted that the drug bust fur rug incident had ravaged her personal life: "It destroyed me. To be a male drug addict and to act like that is always enhancing and glamorising. A woman in that situation becomes a slut and a bad mother."
    From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Mick Jagger.
    More Details Hide Details Her popularity was further enhanced by her film roles, such as I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967), The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), and Hamlet (1969). However, her popularity was overshadowed by personal struggles in the 1970s. During that time she suffered from heroin addiction, alcoholism, and anorexia. After a long commercial absence, Faithfull made a comeback with the 1979 release of her critically acclaimed album Broken English. The album was a commercial success and marked a resurgence of her musical career. Broken English earned Faithfull a nomination for Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and is often regarded as her "definitive recording." She followed with a series of albums, including Dangerous Acquaintances (1981), A Child's Adventure (1983), and Strange Weather (1987). Faithfull also wrote three books about her life: Faithfull: An Autobiography (1994), Memories, Dreams & Reflections (2007), and Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record (2014).
  • 1965
    On 10 November, 1965, she gave birth to their son, Nicholas.
    More Details Hide Details She left her husband shortly after to live with Mick Jagger.
    Faithfull married John Dunbar on 6 May 1965 in Cambridge with Peter Asher as the best man.
    More Details Hide Details The couple lived in a flat at 29 Lennox Gardens in Belgravia just off Knightsbridge, London SW1.
  • 1964
    In early 1964 she attended a Rolling Stones launch party with artist John Dunbar and met Andrew Loog Oldham, who discovered her.
    More Details Hide Details Her first major release, "As Tears Go By," was written and composed by Jagger, Keith Richards, and Oldham, and became a chart success. (The Rolling Stones's version also became successful.) She then released a series of successful singles, including "This Little Bird," "Summer Nights," and "Come and Stay With Me."
    Faithfull began her singing career in 1964, landing her first gigs as a folk music performer in coffeehouses.
    More Details Hide Details She soon began taking part in London's exploding social scene.
    Born in Hampstead, London, Faithfull began her career in 1964 after attending The Rolling Stones party where she was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham.
    More Details Hide Details After the release of her hit single "As Tears Go By", she became an international star. Her debut album Marianne Faithfull (1965) (released simultaneously with her album Come My Way) was a commercial success followed by a number of albums on Decca Records.
  • 1946
    Born on December 29, 1946.
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