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Faithfull: An Autobiography


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Early in this engrossing if somewhat disturbing autobiography, rock 'n' roll star Faithful remarks, ``The ony way I could handle being on tour with all these weird people was to treat it as a sociological study.'' This approach aptly describes her dissection of her own life as well. Faithful is more analytical, ironic, self-scrutinizing and literate than most celebrity autobiographers. Writing with Dalton ( Mr. Mojo Risin' ), she depicts with penetrating insight the world of ``free love, psychedelic drugs, fashion, Zen, Nietzsche, tribal trinkets, customized Existentialism, hedonism and rock 'n' roll'' that absorbed her energies from the beginning of her singing career as a teenager in 1960s London. From her tumultuous four-year relationship with Mick Jagger through her descent into junkydom to her ``comeback'' in the late '70s as a punk-rock diva, Faithful embodies rock culture at both its most glamorous and most destructive. A self-described ``victim of cool,'' she is nevertheless a tough (and often astutely feminist) commentator on the underside of the rock 'n' roll dream. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Aug.)

The most honest rock memoir yet published. * Entertainment Weekly *
An eyewitness account of the folks who made the decade go round.... Everything's here, everything but the excuses. * Newsweek *
Once accused of being part of a coven of witches surrounding the warlock Mick Jagger, pop goddess Marianne Faithfull is wickedly funny and down to earth in this indispensable record of the Swinging London scene. * Details *
Compulsively candid, wickedly revealing.... A kaleidiscopic portrait of high times, bed-hopping, chart-topping, and name-dropping guaranteed to keep even the most jaded reader up late. * San Francisco Chronicle *

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