Marianne Faithfull

Born 29 December 1946.
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Marianne Faithfull on Childhood

A clip taken from the 2009 interview for Queens of British Pop, Marianne Faithfull.

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Marianne Evelyn Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades.

Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two-thirds of that decade, she produced only two little-noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed album, Broken English. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history.

From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Rolling Stones' lead singer Mick Jagger. She co-wrote "Sister Morphine", which is featured on the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album.

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  1. Review of Broken English – Deluxe Edition

    Broken English – Deluxe Edition 2013

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    An absolute tour de force of an album from an artist with nothing left to lose.
  2. Review of Horses and High Heels

    Horses and High Heels 2011

    Reviewed by John Doran
    A stellar cast aids Faithfull through a set of striking originals and strong covers.
  3. Review of Easy Come, Easy Go

    Easy Come, Easy Go 2009

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    Faithfull's backing band is faultless and impressively multi-faceted to a man.
  4. Review of Live At The BBC

    Live At The BBC 2008

    Reviewed by Garth Cartwright
    Here is the sound of a bygone Britain; listen and wonder.
  5. Review of Before The Poison

    Before The Poison 2004

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    ..Before the Poison is a career high for Ms Faithfull and a timely release in the wake...
  6. Review of Kissin Time

    Kissin Time 2002

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Krautrock with dub overtones.
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