#938: 1964, Marianne Faithfull, As Tears Go By

by Jackie_South on September 29, 2014

This pick comes courtesy of the ever reliable Later…With Jools Holland this week, where Marianne Faithfull performed this, in the cracked, husky voice that is the legacy of her years of heroin addiction and the two years she spent living on the streets of Soho in the early Seventies. Whilst her life has ultimately been about her triumphal survival rather than victimhood, the trials and tribulations of her life following her break up with Mick Jagger seem to pay testament to her most famous ancestor, the Baron von Sacher-Masoch.

That voice is unrecogisably detached from that of the shy seventeen year old who sang the original, written for her by Andrew Loog Oldham with more than a little help from Jagger and Keith Richards. The clip here, including the short interview with Brian Epstein, has an almost heartbreaking innocence about it when you think about what would become of her.

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