An Autobiography

Faithfull, Marianne

Book - 1994
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
A rock legend recounts the tale of her career, from her first hit with "As Tears Go By," through her affair with Mick Jagger, her descent into drug dependency, and her personal and professional resurgence

Blackwell North Amer
She was the angel of Swinging London. Her first song, "As Tears Go By," written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, was a huge international hit. Dylan wooed her. The Rolling Stones courted her. She had talent, charm, intelligence and beauty, and when she settled into a love affair with Mick Jagger, her life looked like a rock 'n' roll fairy tale.
Except it was Keith Richards she really wanted. And she was already married, with a young son. And her affair with Mick grew alongside a passion for drugs that increasingly dominated her life. The fairy tale masked intrigues, affairs and dangerous games that finally brought Marianne's whole world crashing down.
In this spirited memoir, Marianne Faithfull tells of a life lived on the edge, and offers a unique woman's look inside the male-dominated rock 'n' roll world. She reveals the shattering contradictions of life as a "star," first as the pop confection she was initially packaged as, and later as the hard-edged artist who coauthored "Sister Morphine" and shocked the world with "Broken English." She describes life with Mick Jagger in all its early bliss and later complexity, from making love during the breaks in recording "Between the Buttons," through the horrors of the Redlands drug bust and her subsequent infamy as the "girl in the fur rug," and down to the final parting as her attachment to drugs surpassed her love for Mick. From a great height Marianne fell, until she was alone, living on the streets, a registered heroin addict. With a survivor's frankness she discusses her life as a junkie, her suicide attempts and her growing will to live rather than become the doomed creature everyone perceived her to be.
Marianne captures the spirit of the past several decades as only one who lived them to the fullest could. She recounts her relationships with such rock legends as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Van Morrison, and her bizarre connection to Jim Morrison's death. Equally important to this account is Marianne Faithfull's triumphant comeback as a songwriter, singer and actress on her own terms. Her return from addiction adds powerful and tragic counterpoints to this account of artistic and personal rebirth.
Faithfull takes us inside the court of rock royalty, into recording studios and bedrooms, from magnificent wealth to shocking poverty, from the sixties to the present. Writing with unflagging humor and an uncensored memory, Marianne Faithfull gives us one of the most extraordinary, dramatic and accomplished lives of our times.

& Taylor

A rock legend recounts the tale of her career, from her first hit with "As Tears Go By," through her affair with Mick Jagger, her descent into drug dependency, and her personal and professional resurgence. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316260223
Characteristics: x, 310 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dalton, David


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Mar 17, 2008
  • pscho rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a remarkable story. Difficult at times because her life was such a mess. She saw so much and experienced so much.


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