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Book Title: Memories, Dreams and Reflections|
The author of the book: Marianne Faithfull
Date of issue: October 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780007245802
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 743 KB
Edition: Fourth Estate
Read full description of the books Memories, Dreams and Reflections:Anecdotal, conversational, intimate, and revealing, this is the iconic artists's raw and honest account of her life, her friends, her triumphs, and mistakes. A wry observer of her slightly off-kilter world, Marianne muses nostalgically about afternoons languishing on Moroccan cushions at George and Pattie Harrison's, getting high and listening to new songs. She fondly recalls the outlandish antics of her Beat friends Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs; is frequently baffled at her image in the press (opening the paper to read of her own demise: "Sixties Star in Death Plunge"); terrified by the curse sent by Kenneth Anger; and mortified by her history of reckless behavior; not to mention her near-death experience in Singapore while looking for an opium den. Legendary characters from Henrietta Moraes and Donatella Versace to Sofia Coppola, Juliette Greco, and Yves St. Laurent's dog show up in this anecdotal memoir. Here is Marianne on the dark side of the 1960s and the bright side of the 1990s, which saw her collaborating with the likes of Blur and Jarvis Cocker; compelling recollections from an unconventional childhood in her father's orgiastic literary commune; and a hilariously decadent few days at Lady Caroline Blackwood's deathbed. This is as intimate a portrait as we've ever had of Marianne, as she meditates on sex and drugs, confronts her alter-ego, the Fabulous Beast, and faces her own mortality in her battle with breast cancer. Since her last book, Marianne has, in her own words, "made quite a few records, gone on many tours, tried to play it straight, and . . . Well, the rest is the subject of this book."
Read information about the authorMarianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter, actress and diarist whose career spans over four 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, and with little notice, only two studio albums were produced. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the landmark album, Broken English. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history.
With a recording career that spans over four decades, Faithfull has continually reinvented her musical persona, experimenting in different musical genres and collaborating with such varied artists as Beck, David Bowie, Nick Cave, The Chieftains, Jarvis Cocker, Billy Corgan, Lenny Kaye, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, PJ Harvey, Alex James, Rupert Hine, Metallica, Barry Reynolds, Keith Richards, Sly and Robbie, Tom Waits, Patrick Wolf, Roger Waters, and Steve Winwood.
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