Marianne Faithfull wearing what seem to be Keith Richards’ sunglasses | 1967
Marianne Faithfull portrait from the "Broken English" cover shoot | 1979 | Photographed by Dennis Morris
- Marianne Faithfull: has been a recording artist for 50 years, released 20+ albums, starred in 10+ films, written two books and continues to tour the world
- Marianne Faithfull: overcame her struggles including drug addiction, cancer, Hepatitis C, anorexia, miscarriage, suicide attempts and homelessness
- Known for: being Mick Jagger's ex and wearing pretty clothes
Happy 50th Stage Anniversary, Marianne Faithfull! ♥ 1964 - ∞
It was fifty years ago that Marianne Faithfull released her first single "As Tears Go By" penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards which launched her career and subsequently tumultuous life. The ups and downs of Marianne’s life have been well-documented, so I don’t want to repeat them again. The most important part is that she’s always come out on top and continues to make beautiful music - and films, and books - that enchants people around the world including myself.
When I first heard that voice it touched me so deeply that I immediately had to hear more and know more about that woman who with one song made me feel someone finally understood me. For the past five years I immersed myself in Marianne Faithfull’s work, have travelled all over the continent to see her in concert and have been very lucky to be able to tell her personally how much all of it means to me. She’s been incredibly kind to me and this blog is really just a small way of giving back to an artist who has helped me so much.
If there’s one thing that can be said it’s that Marianne’s work is criminally underrated. Her masterpiece “Broken English” never appears on any best albums list, she hasn’t been nominated for any relevant music award in forever and some people still think of her as some rockstar ex-girlfriend with a sad life. Luckily her amazing and dedicated fanbase around the world knows much better, so I’m hoping you will all join me in sending lots of love to our Marianne and wishing her a very happy anniversary year. x Maggie | Faithfull Forever
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Marianne Faithfull on a promo tour for “Broken English” in Stockholm, Sweden | early 1980s | © Ulla Andesong - Please don’t remove
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