AS TEARS GO BY
‘Best night of my life? The one I spent with Keith Richards’:
Inside the head of Marianne Faithfull
The husky-voiced chanteuse and original Sixties wild child has grown up a bit… well, she’s given up the fags, booze and drugs. But, she says, she’s stubborn as a mule, brooks no nonsense – and still cherishes that night with Keith Richards…
What has been your biggest achievement? ‘I got myself out of that straitjacket I was in during the Sixties. It’s not ‘Marianne from the Sixties’ or ‘the ex-girlfriend of Mick Jagger’ any more,’ said Marianne Faithfull
What sort of child were you?
I was a cheerful, naughty and wicked. I was an only child, which of course I liked. I didn’t crave a sibling, God no! As I grew up I was very spoilt by my mother, because I was so pretty.
When did you last cry?
I don’t cry. I never cry. I guess there have been some terrible, tragic, personal things where I have almost cried. Tears come to my eyes occasionally, but I haven’t really cried since I was 19. It’s a shame, isn’t it?
How do you relax?
Cigarettes calmed me down, but I just stopped smoking so now I don’t have nuffink. I used to have a joint, or a line of cocaine, or a cigarette, or a drink, but I can’t do any of that now. Occasionally it crosses my mind. I went to a little Japanese restaurant last night and I did have a moment of regret that I couldn’t have sake, but I just can’t.
With the smoking, it’s been ten months. I’m very proud of myself, but I’m just getting more and more curt. I don’t put up with any s*** from anyone. That might already have been the case anyway, but not like it is now. I’m much worse.
Describe the best night of your life: ‘The night I spent with Keith. Even now, it stands out. I think it was so great and memorable because it was just one night. That was it. And we’re still great friends,’ said Marianne
What has been your biggest achievement?
I got myself out of that straitjacket I was in during the Sixties. It’s not ‘Marianne from the Sixties’ or ‘the ex-girlfriend of Mick Jagger’ any more, and I think that’s a great achievement. It took a long time, in fact it’s only really just started, but thank God. It makes life much easier.
What is your greatest regret?
I regret that I couldn’t love people more. I think I’ve realised now how important that is, which I don’t know if one realises when one is young. It’s the only thing we’ve got, actually, against the horror of life. Love is the only thing that makes it bearable, otherwise things are very bleak indeed. Now I can see that of course I should have wished for brothers and sisters, because the more people for me to love and who would have loved me back the better. But I didn’t.
What are you best at?
Writing songs, making songs and performing. I have achieved a level of mastery at it, but I could certainly be better.
Who do you most admire?
I really admired Oscar Wilde and Baudelaire when I was young, and I still love Wilde. He’s one of my best friends. I live in Paris so I can go and see him in the cemetery any time I like and talk to him. I also really admire Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve and Barbara Castle. Strong women. Elegant.
‘Physically, ageing can be tough but there are a lot of positives about getting older,’ said Marianne
Which living person do you most despise?
David Cameron, but I don’t really like thinking along those lines. I really try to avoid that kind of s***.
Who would you like to say sorry to and why?
I hurt my mother and I wish I hadn’t, but I didn’t actually have any choice. I wasn’t able to be what she wanted me to be, I just couldn’t do it, and so I had to escape from where I was. Too bad, really. I would have to say, ‘I’m sorry I hurt you, but I’m not actually sorry for what I did. I think I did the right thing.’ I don’t have to say sorry to my father, he always understood what I was doing, but perhaps I do to my son Nicholas. I think he understands now, a little bit, but obviously when he was little he didn’t understand my behaviour at all.
What is your best characteristic?
I’m open-minded and I think I’m generous, at least with my time. I haven’t really got any money so I can’t do much on that level, but I’ve tried to give what I have. I don’t consciously mentor people, but you kind of pass things on subconsciously. I learned an awful lot about music from Mick and Keith [Richards], and an awful lot from Charlie [Watts], actually, about jazz, but I don’t think he had any idea that I was looking up to him and drinking in his words. He would have been appalled.
And the worst?
My stubbornness. My inability to listen and take counsel. It’s got better, but still, the minute someone tries to give me advice or tell me some wise thing I rear up and say, ‘Absolutely not!’ I’m afraid it must be a Pavlovian response, I don’t even think twice.
What is your biggest fear?
I’m a very, very fearful person, but also very brave. The two go hand in hand in this woman. I have a general fear of everything – and with good reason. These last two years I broke my back and I broke my hip, but I still made a great record and now I’m going on tour. Physically, ageing can be tough but there are a lot of positives about getting older. I’ve become much more confident and sure of myself.
Describe the best night of your life
The night I spent with Keith. Even now, it stands out. I think it was so great and memorable because it was just one night. That was it. And we’re still great friends.
Marianne Faithfull’s new album ‘Give My Love To London’ is out on September 29. She plays the Royal Festival Hall on Nov 29.
‘A Life On Record’ is published in November. mariannefaithfull.org.uk
Marianne Faithfull Claims Her Ex-Boyfriend Killed Jim Morrison in 1971 Paris Bathtub Death
CELEBRITY NEWS AUG. 7, 2014 AT 5:45PM BY ESTHER LEE
Marianne Faithful and Jim Morrison
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Here’s a shocking twist in rock ‘n roll history. Marianne Faithfull claimed in a recent interview with Mojo magazine that Doors frontman Jim Morrison’s 1971 Parisian bathtub death was, actually, a murder—and it involved her ex-boyfriend Jean de Breteuil.
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The singer/songwriter, 67, recalled that fateful summer when she traveled to France with de Breteuil, a heroin dealer whose clients included several high-profile celebs. Upon their arrival, Faithfull’s beau told her he had to stop by the Lizard King’s apartment, located at 17 Rue Beautreillis.
“I could intuitively feel trouble,” Faithfull recalled, resulting in her taking “a few Tuinal” and conking out. “He went to see Jim Morrison and killed him,” she claimed. “I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard.”
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“The smack was too strong?” she speculated to herself. “Yeah. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this. Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”
While Morrison is long gone, the numerous conspiracy theories regarding his death continue to thrive. At the time, French authorities decided to skip the autopsy as no foul play was believed to be suspected in his death.
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As for Jean de Breiteuil? The former dealer died of an overdose in Morocco that same year. “He was a horrible guy, someone who had crawled out from under a stone,” Faithfull recalled in her 2000 autobiography. “What I liked about him was that he had one yellow eye and one green eye. And he had a lot of dope. It was all about drugs and sex.”
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In the same interview with Mojo, Faithfull also discussed another fallen music legend, Amy Winehouse, who, like Morrison, also died at age 27. “Amy was very, very wary of me,” Faithfull said. “She knew that I knew and she didn’t want me to say anything. There’s a level of narcissism which is all mixed up with self-hatred. I know it well…. But I can’t think what I could have done apart from take her and shake her! ‘You stupid little c—! Wake up!’”
Faithfull is back in the news as her new album, Give My Love to London, is released on Sept. 29.
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