Faithfull An Autobiography by Marianne Faithfull and David Dalton
I finished my adult reading for this year with this revealing and hopefully honest book by one of the legendary women of the 1960’s Marianne Faithfull.
I say hopefully honest because for much of her career she was stoned out of her head. She smoked a lot of dope, dropped a lot of acid, handfulls of pills and so much heroin and cocaine that her brains must have been fried. Still she came through it all and when she was last in Christchurch the reviewer from the Press who went to her concert said it was one of the most unforgettable experiences in his life.
I can understand why he said this because Marianne is a very literate woman. She read and obviously thought deeply about everything. She made love to hundreds of men without ever liking sex and had many girlfriends as well particularly Anita Pallenberg.
What makes this Autobiography different from that written by a male rockstar is that you get lots of talk about the fashions and clothes that stars wore also the houses that they lived in and the gossip about their lives. Intriguing stuff.
This book rocked me really especially with her portraits of Mick Jagger, Keith Richard and Brian Jones. She had them all but what shocked me was she considered that the Stones and Englishmen in general are mysogynists. And of mick she says the great love of his life was not Marianne, not Bianca, not Jerry but Keith.
Make your own mind up, there is a lesson in here for everyone.