Previously unseen photos of Marianne Faithfull at the British Song Festival in Brighton | May 1965 | Scanned by Faithfull Forever
Inspired by the psychedelic, paisley prints, flower power era of the sixties, a young Marianne Faithfull
Watercolour and ink, 54*72cm
So beautiful and amazing likeness in the face. A lot of artists don’t get it right.
Marianne’s new single “Sparrows Will Sing” which was written by Roger Waters is now available on Spotify! You can pre-order “Give My Love To London” on iTunes, on CD or vinyl.
Seventeen-year-old Marianne Faithfull posing in one of her first photoshoots in the summer of 1964. It was almost exactly 50 years ago that Marianne released the single that would launch her career - "As Tears Go By".
In the summer of 2014 she is still going strong, celebrating her half-century stage anniversary and looking forward to the release of her new album "Give My Love To London".
"Anything which makes life more bizarre makes life a bit more bearable," Marianne says of her own inclination to dress in men’s clothes. “Dresses are too fussy, too feminine for me.” Did she reject that sort of femininity? “I don’t think about it at all. (…) You see, I don’t care about people’s reaction to what I wear and I’ve generally had a good reaction anyway.”
Marianne Faithfull modelling an Ossie Clark suit for “Cosmopolitan” | April 1974 | Photographed by Norman Eales | Scan and retouching by Faithfull Forever
Marianne Faithfull yesterday (July 15th) at AnOther Magazine’s first Spotlight Salon in London. Marianne joined Anna Calvi and Samantha Morton in a discussion about their working practices, collaboration with others and lack of women in music and film production.
Head over to AnOther for more photos, quotes and some really exciting news (hint: a music video). Photo by Rosaline Shahnavaz.
… and so the day begins Mx
How Marianne Faithfull starts her day. Fabulous sunnies, red lipstick and a fancy cane!
marianne-evelyn-faithfull asked me if I knew anything about why the Australian version of the album “Broken English” omits the song “Why D’ya Do It”. Just thought I’d post my reply publicly in case anybody else is wondering. I can’t publish “fanmails”, so please go to the ask box instead, my lovely followers. :)
It’s really pretty much what it says on Wikipedia. “Why D’ya” was deemed inappropriate because of the explicit lyrics and Australian pressings of the album were not allowed to have the song on them. It didn’t affect import copies though and some radio stations were brave enough to play “Why D’ya”. It wasn’t until 1988 when they re-released “Broken English” in Australia that it was included on the album.
As far as I know this was the only country where this something drastic like that happened however in America “Broken English” has a parental advisory sticker. “Why D’ya Do It” was written by Heathcote Williams by the way and was originally conceived for Tina Turner, but Marianne convinced him she would never do the song and she got it instead.
Also the gray cover was the one used in America - I will never understand why they changed it - and the blue is the official one used everywhere else. Last year a vinyl featuring a pink cover and containing the original rock mix of “Broken English” was released for Record Store Day.
The phrase ‘Callooh! Callay!’ from Marianne Faithfull’s new song “Sparrows Will Sing” is a reference to the poem “Jabberwocky” written by Lewis Carroll that appears in the sequel of “Alice In Wonderland” published 1871. It’s a nonsense poem, but the phrase is an exclamation of joy. Marianne recorded “Jabberwocky” for her first album “Come My Way” in 1965.