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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs from a survivor, 30 Oct 2007
This review is from: Memories, Dreams and Reflections (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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