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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 ...
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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 Faithf
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Early in this engrossing if somewhat disturbing autobiography, rock 'n' roll star Faithful remarks, ``The ony way I could handle being on tour with all these weird people was to treat it as a sociological study.'' This approach aptly describes her dissection of her own life as well. Faithful is more analytical, ironic, self-scrutinizing and literate than most celebrity autobiographers. Writing with Dalton ( Mr. Mojo Risin' ), she depicts with penetrating insight the world of ``free love, psychedelic drugs, fashion, Zen, Nietzsche, tribal trinkets, customized Existentialism, hedonism and rock 'n' roll'' that absorbed her energies from the beginning of her singing career as a teenager in 1960s London. From her tumultuous four-year relationship with Mick Jagger through her descent into junkydom to her ``comeback'' in the late '70s as a punk-rock diva, Faithful embodies rock culture at both its most glamorous and most destructive. A self-described ``victim of cool,'' she is nevertheless a tough (and often astutely feminist) commentator on the underside of the rock 'n' roll dream. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Aug.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316273244
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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    Marriane is a nasty mean person who thinks way too highly of herself. This book isn't worth reading, she really has nothing of interest to say.

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