Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record

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Giant, searching cat eyes, deep as a well. That blonde ‘60s shag. It’s no wonder singer Marianne Faithfull so captured the hearts of audiences following 1964’s massively popular “As Tears Go By.”

Fifty years later, Faithfull, now 67, has been active touring, recording, and—with the help of Rizzoli—putting together her most iconic images in the form of a book, Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record. A personal collection curated by the artist and featuring a foreword by Salman Rushdie and contributions from Will Self and Terry Southern, the photo essay tells the story of her life—from her meteoric musical rise after being discovered in a coffeehouse, to her heavily photographed and enviously rock and roll relationship with Mick Jagger.

Faithfull represents a rare breed—that illusive combination of looks, talent, and raw soul. The photographs, shot by everyone from Steven Meisel to David Bailey, and paired with her own handwritten captions, play like the still-frame images from a dark and beautiful movie, for which Faithfull has long provided the soundtrack.

Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record, published by Rizzoli

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in V Magazine, CR, Office, and TIME. She is the Managing Editor of Alpha SIXTY.