Music / Style Icon: Marianne Faithfull

Published on February 27th, 2012 by Lauren Valenti

I saw her today at the reception……..

Marianne Faithfull, iconic in the English rock and fashion scenes of the 60s has always been a fascination of mine. From her early success collaborating with The Rolling Stones, to her tumultuous struggle with drug abuse, she has lead a tragically beautiful life. Her musical biggest accomplishments have included the beautiful ballad “As Tears Go By” and co-writing The Stone’s track “Sister Morphine” off of Sticky Fingers. Not to forget that she is supposedly the inspiration behind Beggar’s Banquet’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. In terms of fashion, Faithfull was always dressed to the nine’s of the 60s. Except, for that fateful drug bust where the cops raided the house and found her naked except for a fur rug.

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Faithfull’s career began in the mid-sixties as a folk music artist playing gigs at coffeehouses. As she began to become a regular on the London social scene, she found herself surrounded by some of the most acclaimed artists and musicians of the time. In early 1964, she attended a launch party for The Rolling Stones where she was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham. It wasn’t too long after that, that Faithfull released “As Tears Go By”. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song had great success and help Faithfull rise to fame. Despite marrying and bearing the child of artist John Dunbar, Faithfull made it her perogative to date a Stone.

The Mick Jagger Years:

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“My first move was to get a Rolling Stone as a boyfriend. I slept with three and decided the lead singer was the best bet.” – Faithfull told the New Musical Express

In 1966, Faithfull began her relationship with Jagger. Becoming a power couple within the Swinging London scene, they did their fair share of partying. One of the most infamous incidents in their relationship was the drug raid on Keith Richards’ house in West Wittering, Sussex, where Faithfull was found wearing only a rug by the British Police.

Marianne Faithfull | Mick Jagger | Fashion

While most remember their relationship as being full of wild and reckless times, Faithfull served as inspiration for a lot of Jagger’s finest work. After Faithfull introduced Jagger to “The Master and Margarita” By Mikhail Bulgakov, the book served as the inspiration behind one of The Stone’s most acclaimed hit, “Sympathy For the Devil” of Beggar’s Banquet. It’s also rumored that the songs “Wild Horses” and ” You Can’t Always Get What You Want” off of Sticky Fingers were about Faithfull. She and Jagger split up in May of 1970.

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