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Memories, Dreams and Reflections

Memories, Dreams and Reflections [Kindle Edition]

Marianne Faithfull
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‘A rare talent for lyrical, inventive prose gives her anecdotes wings….a powerful, radical and quite beautiful work of biographical art.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘She opens up a box of mini-memoirs about the characters she has met. Instantly engaging. Faithfull is able to produce something of grit and newsworthiness.’ Observer

Time Out

'Amusing close encounters in the '70's with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Corso at the Jack Kerouac School of disembodied Poetics...funny...poignant.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007245815
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9TZK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs from a survivor 30 Oct 2007
By Efal
As the title indicates this is a much more fragmented biography than "Faithfull: An autobiography " from 1994, but again David Dalton appears as a co-writer of the book.
It consists of memories from the fab 60'es, when Marianne was the queen of swinging London, but also from the less fab 70'es where she had fallen from grace and lived as a junkie in Soho.

It also consists of portraits of other celebrities and friends: Kenneth Anger (the filmmaker), Caroline Blackwood (the writer) just to name a few and personal reflections on her own life from childhood up till now. She tells openly of her private life: the collapse on stage in Milan in 2005, which meant that she had to cancel the rest of her tour, her fight against breast cancer, the weight problems, giving up smoking etc., but also about her professional life as an acclaimed artist (singer, performer and actress).

What I loved the most about the book was some of its more humorous episodes, e.g. when we are told, that she is not actually riding a motor bike, but sits on a trolley with a wind machine in "Girl on a Motorcycle" (what a disappointment!). Although she has some reservations about the film, she is pleased that she made it, because:" it preserved her in aspic at one of the periods when she looked really good." I agree, but I also think she looks fabulous today - what a charisma - I saw her on her last tour in Copenhagen in May 2007. I also loved the more intimate episodes, e.g. the very loving portrait of her mother Eva and a rather critical portrait of the Beat Poets: Allan Ginsburg, William Burroughs, etc.
As a bonus you get some nice photos of Marianne herself, her grandparents and some of the friends, but none of her beloved Francois Ravard to whom the book is dedicated - I wonder why?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, amusing & entertaining 31 May 2009
This riveting sequel to 1994's Faithfull is less formal and detailed, a series of vignettes of people, places, movies, plays & music rather than a structured narrative. The first chapter deals with some unexpected, funny and frightening reactions to the first book. Along the way, her observations serve as a captivating history of popular culture since the 1960s. Yes, there are flashbacks; Marianne revisits her family background, childhood impressions and many interesting personalities and scenarios from the 60s and beyond. Currently out of print, Marianne Faithfull: As Tears Go By is an absorbing biography by Mark Hodkinson that charts Marianne's life and career up to 1991.

She writes with candor about her long relationship with drugs but the most arresting parts are those in which she affectionately remembers friends and acquaintances, living and departed, like the author Caroline Blackwood (who was briefly married to the confessional poet Robert Lowell), Henrietta Moraes, Roman Polanski and the legendary Beat writers William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. Fans of her music will love the three chapters devoted to the recording of specific albums: Vagabond Ways of 1999, Kissin' Time of 2002 and Before the Poison, released in 2004.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect weekend guest? 15 Sep 2008
I bought this book on Saturday morning & had finished it by Sunday afternoon- a quick, coversational read, very much like having Marianne stay over for the weekend (purely platonic, old sport) and listening to her hold court in yer front room as she lets slip secrets from the Top Table circa 1967-1969, her time spent on a 70s Soho wall and her various other dealings with Beats, beak and freaks. Absorbing and intimate, the book eschews the narrative approach of her earlier biog and goes for the more abstract, rambling flights of fancy one recognises from late nights staying up talking, drinking red wine & smoking too many cigarettes. In this format however, there are no red rings on the coffee table, overflowing ashtrays, lost voices or Marianne-inspired breakages the next morning. If you enjoyed the first one, give this a go. She's the perfect weekend guest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marianne's advertising campaign 18 Feb 2014
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I was expecting something more along the lines of Marianne's first literary outing; sadly there is a lot of unnecessary name dropping her re the shoes she wears, the clothes she wears and am surprised she did not mention a brand of preferred toilet tissue paper! A couple of chapters re her favorite 'Beat' artists, such as Brecht, Weill I speed read as it was so damned boring and 'up herself'. The remainder I enjoyed, but buyer beware this is not like 'Faithfull'!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Marianne fans 11 Sep 2013
By Scribe
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Loved this book - of course I did but some of the 'those I have known ' seemed a bit arch as an intellectual balance to the 'bad girl' image - but she is brilliant, slightly tongue in cheek , hard on herself and on the money about others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good condition
I bought this book and it was in good condition, I needed the other book first as this is a follow up, so although I haven't read it, I read the back and it looks good
Published 12 months ago by diz
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a bit disjointed
Enjoyed the original autobiography very much. This is more low key, interesting but not very well constructed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Montasio
3.0 out of 5 stars Marianne or myth
Lovely person who's lived a life and a half but this tome is a little deep and meandering rather than her 'Faithfull'
Published 20 months ago by R. Harrod
3.0 out of 5 stars Hang It On Your Heart
Follow-up to Marianne's original classic autobiography this is a rather sketchier affair, very conversational in tone and that is part of its charm but also its weakness. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pensato
3.0 out of 5 stars Once is enough?
Unfortunately nowhere near as good as her autobiography 'Faithfull'. Whilst I like some of the stories (the insightful talk with her alter-ego,the 'Fabulous Beast' stories about... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Mrs. B. P. Morran
3.0 out of 5 stars Smack, Hack and Yack
If you were in any doubt as to whether Marianne Faithfull knows lots of large words, rest assured she has swallowed approximately an entire dictionary. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Pharos
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Life
For those who like to read, this is a great book.
For those who like Marianne Faithfull or the Rolling Stones, this is an excelent book.
M.F. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by Johnny Bravo
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