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Meltdown 2013: Essential Marianne Faithfull Facts

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Marianne Faithfull, 1966
Marianne Faithfull, 1966 Photography by Benjamin Auger

Tonight, Marianne Faithfull will play a rare, intimate show as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown, accompanied by legendary jazz musician Bill Frisell. To celebrate her return to the stage AnOther presents 10 Faithfull facts...

Sixties icon Marianne Faithfull has been many things: gravel-toned singer, actress, muse and girlfriend of multiple Rolling Stones. It is no secret that she has had a tumultuous career, battling her drug addictions through a very public eye. Her 1979 album Broken English was re-released as a deluxe edition earlier this year, she wrote the majority of the original album whilst living on the streets. The album includes alternate versions of Faithfull's most well known music, including a haunting rendition of Sister Morphine that she co-wrote with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Tonight, Marianne Faithfull will play a rare, intimate show as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown, accompanied by legendary jazz musician Bill Frisell. To celebrate her return to the stage AnOther presents 10 Faithfull facts.

1. Marianne is a direct descendant of Count Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (her great, great uncle), whose classic erotic novel Venus in Furs birthed the word "masochism".

2. She was born in Hampstead in 1946, and her family moved around England for many of her earlier life, settling in Reading when she was six.

3. Her friend Allen Ginsberg referred to her as "Professor of Poetics," at the "Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets."

4. It's been almost half a century since the release of her first single As Tears Go By, written by Mick Jagger.

5. Her first gigs were in coffee houses in London where she performed as folk singer.

"Waking up after a 6-day drug induced coma the first words she said to Mick Jagger were, "Wild horses couldn't drag me away""

6. She starred as Ophelia in Tony Richardson's 1969 film adaptation of Hamlet, alongside Anthony Hopkins and Nicol Williamson.

7. It is said that Faithfull was the first actress to use the "f word" in a mainstream film – 1967's I'll Never Forget What's'isname.

8. Marianne's star sign is Capricorn which is often associated with ambition and determination.

9. Waking up after a 6-day drug induced coma the first words she said to Mick Jagger were, "Wild horses couldn't drag me away," after which he wrote the iconic Rolling Stones song.

10. She lives between Paris and Dublin, claiming she likes the mix of Parisian elegance and Dublin character.

Text by Rhiannon Wastell

Marianne Faithfull, 1964
Marianne Faithfull, 1964 Photography by John Pratt
Marianne Faithfull and Keith Richards in Morocco, ca. 1967
Marianne Faithfull and Keith Richards in Morocco, ca. 1967 Photography by Michael Cooper
Marianne Faithfull at Frank Zappas house, 1968
Marianne Faithfull at Frank Zappas house, 1968 Photography by Cal Schenkel
Marianne Faithfull, ca. 1967
Marianne Faithfull, ca. 1967 Photography by John Kelly
Marianne Faithfull at home in Shell Cottage, 1990s
Marianne Faithfull at home in Shell Cottage, 1990s Photography by Geoff Wilkinson
Marianne Faithfull for “A Letter To True” film journal by Bruce Weber, ca. 2003
Marianne Faithfull for “A Letter To True” film journal by Bruce Weber, ca. 2003

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