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Marianne Faithfull: As Years Go by Paperback – 1 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Mark Hodkinson is an acclaimed journalist, author and broadcaster. He has written for The Times for many years, three as a columnist, and made several radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4. He owns the independent publishing house, Pomona Books.
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The author wrote this fine book about one of the biggest survivors of the 1960s in 1991, three years before the lady herself told the fascinating story of her remarkable life and career in the page-turning, critically acclaimed Faithfull: An Autobiography, which is one of the best memoirs I've ever laid by hands on.
Twenty-two years later, Hodkinson updated his paperback, now of mammoth size, and under the title 'As Years Go By', as opposed to it's original title 'As Tears Go By'. Mark admits that he quickly came to dislike the original, which he wrote as a young twenty-something, and Marianne herself didn't care for it, describing the book as ''scaly''. The research had been faultless, but it was the overall tone of the writing that both parties. Indeed, Marianne even briefly mentioned the book in her own memoir, which isn't something that many do, preferring to skim over the unauthorised accounts to show their disapproval. Personally, I thought that the 1991 version is good, but this 2013 edition, which has been revised one heck of a lot, is certainly superior.Read more ›
This book looks in detail at her childhood and her parents. When Marianne first met Andrew Loog Oldham and he asked her to record for him without ever hearing her sing – knowing he could sell that look – she was portrayed as an innocent convent school girl. Indeed, she did have a Catholic education, although she also had a bohemian upbringing and was, even as a child, often called precocious and arrogant. Much of this masked an unsure shyness. However, Marianne was keen to throw herself into Swinging London and from her early meetings with John Dunbar – who she later married and who was the father of her son, Nicholas – and Oldham, she embarked on her career. John Dunbar was certainly one of the Sixties beautiful people. He ran the Indica bookshop, alongside Barry Miles (central to London counter-culture) and both were close friends of Peter Asher, brother of Jane and boyfriend of Paul McCartney. Obviously, Andrew Loog Oldham was, at that time, manager of the Rolling Stones, so she was immediately in the very centre of the musical and artistic world at that moment.
Of course, much of this book takes place in the Sixties and, indeed, the public perception of her has been defined through that era.Read more ›
What changed was reading author, Mark Hodkinson's other work in particular his novel, The Last Mad Surge of Youth which was simply superb. Until I had read it I hadn't realised that he's a famous football author whose many books I had already read over the years, a chronicler of both Queen and Simply Red and a columnist for The Times. What a talented bloke!
The book itself is a really well-researched journal of Marianne's crazy life. She's obviously got a superb personality to be able to keep so many superstar friends for so long (and for them to provide her with her keep) but Jesus Christ almighty, she's frustrating. If I have a criticism of this book it's that Hodkinson doesn't ever explore what drives her to constant self-destruction.
Quite a lot of the book understandably focuses on the Swinging Sixties in general and the Stones in particular. As the author points out, Marianne was somebody indelibly associated with that period but was only 24 years old at the end of the decade. Everybody who was anyone was absolutely besotted with her and it seems that she went to bed with most of them. The Hollies wrote their great hit Carrie Anne about her but Graham Nash was too shy to write Marianne and so changed the name. Allan Clarke was having an affair with her on tour at the time.Read more ›
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