Tuesday, April 19, 2011

you would be Mary Magdalene, the only woman who made our savior weep

The allure of Marianne Faithfull is so all-encompassing that even Patti Smith wrote a poem about her (from which the above quotation is taken). I think that she's lovely and fascinating and have devoured both of her books, Faithfull: An Autobiography and Memories, Dreams, and Reflections.

Mick Jagger had some fantastic women, but Marianne Faithfull is probably my favorite. She stands out among Stones muses as well.

This image reminds me of something she said in her book, about how she was the ghost of Cheyne Walk (the home she shared with Mick). Here she looks ethereal like a beautiful ghost. 

It's amazing how young she was when they first got together-- 19 (one year younger than me)!

Her image is innocent and pretty, but also heartbreaking and sad.

She looked so alluringly haunted (and drugged) around the time of Broken English (in my opinion her best work).

Some fantastic Stones songs Marianne Faithfull (most likely) inspired:

As Tears Go By,
She Smiled Sweetly,
Let's Spend the Night Together,
She's A Rainbow,
You Can't Always Get What You Want,
Wild Horses,
I Got the Blues,
Sister Morphine,
Sympathy for the Devil,
Dear Doctor,
100 Years Ago

She's been mythologized and immortalized in song and legend. She's a muse and a singer/songwriter herself. She had Mick Jagger, one of the sexiest men of the sixties and seventies, but well, she actually preferred Keith Richards. She emerged from years of heroin addiction with a throaty voice and a powerful feminist perspective. Marianne Faithfull is pretty fascinating, no?

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