Marianne Faithfull, once hip, is now another grandmother with a broken hip
who had her first hit record in 1964, a song written by a
and his friend
is rock 'n' roll. She was 17, a primly blond Brit who elicited
aristocratic fantasies. Approaching her at a party where members of the
Beatles and the Rolling Stones were in attendance, Stones manager Andrew
Loog Oldham said, "I'm gonna make you a star, and that's just for starters, baby!"
the ensuing decades, Faithfull lived a multiplicity of lives, riding
and, at times, nearly being destroyed by an ecstatic energy she helped
unleash. She was the "It Girl." A pop ingénue in '64, a headliner in
'65, a torrid one-night stand of Richards's in '66, the muse and partner
of Jagger for several years, the singer who rejected Bob Dylan, Miss X
at the notorious Redlands drug bust in '67, best friends with model
Anita Pallenberg; dabbler in black magic and hallucinogens.
Faithfull is 67, splits her time between Dublin and Paris, smokes
(e-cigarettes), walks, sings, writes, thinks. Though no longer the sex
symbol she once was, she's still beautiful. I caught up with her by
phone in Paris. She'd broken a hip this summer, which, along with
another injury, gave her time to reflect. "Six months on your back will
do that," she told me.
Time, time, time. Not on her side. No it isn't.
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