Faithfull: An Autobiography

Faithfull: An Autobiography

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by Marianne Faithfull
     
 

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From pop stardom through the depths of addiction to her punk-rock comeback, Marianne Faithfull's life captures rock 'n' roll at its most decadent and its most destructive. Faithfull's first hit, 1964's "As Tears Go By," opened doors to the hippest circles in London. There she frolicked with the most luminous of the young, rich, and reckless, including Bob Dylan,

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From pop stardom through the depths of addiction to her punk-rock comeback, Marianne Faithfull's life captures rock 'n' roll at its most decadent and its most destructive. Faithfull's first hit, 1964's "As Tears Go By," opened doors to the hippest circles in London. There she frolicked with the most luminous of the young, rich, and reckless, including Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Her legendary affair with Mick Jagger produced one hit single, "Sister Morphine," and countless headlines. Faithfull left the relationship a strung-out junkie. Struggling to kick drugs and revive her musical career, she recorded Broken English in 1979, an edgy, hard-hitting, critical triumph. As honest in her autobiography as in her music, Faithfull is a searing, intimate portrait of a woman who examines her adventures and misadventures without flinching, without apology.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
The most honest rock memoir yet published.
Newsweek
An eyewitness account of the folks who made the decade go round.... Everything's here, everything but the excuses.
Details
Once accused of being part of a coven of witches surrounding the warlock Mick Jagger, pop goddess Marianne Faithfull is wickedly funny and down to earth in this indispensable record of the Swinging London scene.
San Francisco Chronicle
Compulsively candid, wickedly revealing.... A kaleidiscopic portrait of high times, bed-hopping, chart-topping, and name-dropping guaranteed to keep even the most jaded reader up late.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815410461
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
722,722
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.70(d)

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Faithfull 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic bio of the swingin' 60s told by a woman who lived it firsthand. Marianne Faithfull has tremendous wit and charm, and it comes through on every page. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.