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 - 12 months
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 - over 1 year
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 2 years
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 Febr...
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AIDSbeat 2013 will be a rock and roll circus
Financial Post - over 4 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 ...
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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: 'Working Class Hero' Playlist
Huffington Post - over 4 years
John Lennon Song: Working Class Hero Album: Lennon Legend Genre: Rock Buy: The Real Efforts of Real People Song: On the Sunday Before Labor Day Album: Half Truths-EP Genre: Alternative Buy: Roy Orbison Song: Workin' for the Man Album: 16 Biggest Hits: Roy Orbison Genre: Rock Buy: Lucinda Williams Song: Fruits of My Labor Album: World Without Tears Genre: Singer/Songwriter Buy: Al Green Song: It Ain't No Fun to Me Album: Let's Stay Together Genre: R&B/Soul Buy: Woody Guthrie Song: Talking Hard Work Album: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 Genre: Folk Buy: Marvin Etzioni Song: Son of a Carpenter Album: Marvin Country! Genre: Country Buy: The Cure Song: The Last Day of Summer (LP Version) Album: Bloodflowers Genre: Rock Buy: Lucy Walsh ...
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Stephen D. Winick: Lot's Wife, Noah's Ark and Rogues Gallery: Sea Music Recordings
Huffington Post - over 4 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 4 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 (PR pitches sent to thi...
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ArtsBeat: Concert Tribute to Piaf Planned for September
NYTimes - over 4 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 4 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 - almost 5 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
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 263
Huffington Post - about 5 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 - about 5 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 ...
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Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull preferred reading to sex
Monsters and Critics - over 5 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 5 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 tentati...
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Stars Record Amnesty International Anniversary Track
Female First - almost 6 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 6 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 Ja...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marianne Faithfull
  • 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.
  • 2014
    She started a 12-month 50th anniversary tour at the end of 2014.
    In September 2014, Faithfull released an album of all-new material, titled Give My Love to London.
    On 30 May 2014 Faithfull suffered a broken hip after a fall while on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes and underwent surgery.
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  • 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.
  • 2012
    In late 2012, Faithfull performed in a production of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins at the Linz State Theatre.
  • 2011
    She reunited with Metallica in December 2011 for their 30th anniversary celebration at the Fillmore where she performed "The Memory Remains".
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    On 7 May 2011 she appeared on BBC Radio 2's Graham Norton Show.
    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.
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  • 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".
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    On 3 May 2009, she was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning and interviewed by Anthony Mason in the "Sunday Profile" segment.
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    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.
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    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.
    On 31 March 2009, Faithfull performed "The Crane Wife 3" on The Late Show.
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  • 2007
    At the 20th annual European Film Awards ceremony held in Berlin, on 1 December 2007, Faithfull lost to Helen Mirren.
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    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.
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    In March 2007 she returned to the stage with a touring show entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience.
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    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.
  • 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.
    In 2005, she released Before the Poison.
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  • 2002
    Her renaissance continued with Kissin Time, released in 2002.
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  • 1999
    The song was eventually recorded by Marianne Faithfull on her 1999 album Vagabond Ways.
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    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.
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  • 1998
    In 1998 Faithfull released A Perfect Stranger: The Island Anthology, a two-disc compilation that chronicled her years with Island Records.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 1996
    Faithfull sang a duet and recited text on the San Francisco band Oxbow's 1996 album Serenade in Red.
  • 1995
    Faithfull also sang "Love is Teasin," an Irish folk standard, with The Chieftains on their album The Long Black Veil, released in 1995.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1988
    In 1988, Faithfull married writer and actor Giorgio Della Terza, but they divorced in 1991.
  • 1987
    In a 1987 interview with Rory O'Connor of Vogue, Faithfull declared, "forty is the age to sing it, not seventeen."
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    In 1987, Faithfull again reinvented herself, this time as a jazz and blues singer, on Strange Weather, also produced by Willner.
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    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".
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  • 1985
    In 1985, she was at the Hazelden Foundation Clinic in Minnesota for rehabilitation.
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    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.
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  • 1981
    Faithfull began living in New York after the release of the follow-up to Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, in 1981.
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  • 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.
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  • 1975
    In 1975 she released the country-influenced record Dreamin' My Dreams (a.k.a.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
    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.
  • 1966
    In 1966 she took their son to stay with Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg in London.
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    From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Mick Jagger.
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  • 1965
    On 10 November, 1965, she gave birth to their son, Nicholas.
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    Faithfull married John Dunbar on 6 May 1965 in Cambridge with Peter Asher as the best man.
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  • 1964
    In early 1964 she attended a Rolling Stones launch party with artist John Dunbar and met Andrew Loog Oldham, who discovered her.
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    Faithfull began her singing career in 1964, landing her first gigs as a folk music performer in coffeehouses.
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    Born in Hampstead, London, Faithfull began her career in 1964 after attending The Rolling Stones party where she was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham.
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  • 1946
    Born on December 29, 1946.
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