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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007245807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007245802
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Many of [Marianne's] stories belong to folklore rather than history, but it's hard to resist such a witty, dotty storyteller…Read this for her affectionate pen portraits of the wild muses of Soho…or for her account of teaching at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Colorado. Or for her thoughts on drying out "All this trying to give up things can make you go barking…I've been known to marry the wrong person after sobering up."' Sunday Times

‘Amusing close encounters in the '70's with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Corso at the Jack Kerouac School of disembodied Poetics…funny [and] poignant.’ Time Out

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

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Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades. She is known, all over the world, as the crown princess of swinging London in the 1960s and 70s, as a singer, and as an actress. She is the author of Faithfull: An Autobiography and Memories, Dreams and Reflections.


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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Efal on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthony I. K. Bates on 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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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 Henrietta Morais and the hospital scene with the former Mrs. Lucien Freud, Caroline Blackwood). There are some other chapters that are quite endearing - the Beats, Gregory Corso, Bob Dylan.... However, apart from the already mentioned Latin and French quotes, there are a lot of pointless stories that don't amount to much more than name-dropping. All in all it just doesn't quite hang together. Can't help but wondering that this was nothing more was a fund-raiser for La Faithfull. Then again, I can't blame her. Anyone with a life story such as hers is entitled to make the most of it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 May 2009
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lord KitchenKnife on 15 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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