Marianne Faithfull was a huge figure in what is these days remembered as hip swinging 60s London. Her well documented relationship with Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, and all of the experimentation, excess and press attention therein, are part of Britain’s modern cultural history. Faithfull became embroidered into the fabric of the exploding London scene, allegedly becoming the subject alluded to in several of The Stone’s biggest songs including “You Can’t Always Get What Want”.
As well as the influence on Jagger/Richards et al., Graham Nash wrote the The Hollies’ hit “Carrie Anne” for her, and of the multitude of unproven theories behind The Beatles’ inspirations, there are those that suggest Revolver’s “And Your Bird Can Sing” was written by Lennon and MaCartney with Marianne Faithfull in mind.
Though evidently the muse to a generation of counterculture, that would provide the template for generations to come, it is important to remember that Faithfull is an artist in her own right, to this day, with her 20th album “Give My Love To London” due for release on 29th September, marking her 50th year as a recording artist.
The unsettlingly dystopian “Sparrows Will Sing” is the first song to surface, written by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters. Produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi, mixed by Flood, with Ed Harcourt and Adrian Utley (Portishead) on bass and guitars the song is a sublime landslide of braking guitar noise and cryptic lyrics.
Give My Love To London's impressive roll call of studio collaborators goes on, including, Brian Eno, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds). Songwriting contributors - with Marianne penning the majority of the lyrics - include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi. Watch the trailer below to find out more about the songs on what is a very promising sounding album.
Marianne Faithfull will also celebrate her 50th anniversary in music with a world tour. The tour opens on October 11 in Stuttgart, Germany and, so far, runs through to 2015 with all dates announced to date in Europe (including a London show at Royal Festival Hall, 29th November) with more countries to follow. The dates announced so far:
10/11 – Hegelsalle, Stuttgart, Germany – Liederhall
10/12 – Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
10/17 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
10/18 – Hanover, Germany – Theater am Aegi
10/20 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Mitsubish Electric Halle
10/23 – Zürich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
10/25 – Monthey, Switzerland – Theatre du Crochetan
10/27 – Milan, Italy – Auditorium
10/28 – Lucca, Italy – Teatro del Giglio
11/08 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene, Rockefeller
11/09 – Helsinki, Finland – Musiikkitalo
11/15 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
11/16 – Vienna, Austria – Konzerthaus
11/19 – Brussels, Belgium – Paleis voor Schone Kunsten (Bozar)
11/20 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
11/23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré
11/25 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
11/26 – Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel
11/29 – London, U.K. – Royal Festival Hall, Southbank
12/06 – Monte-Carlo – Opéra Garnier de
12/07 – Six-Fours les Plages, France – Espace Malraux
12/09 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau De La Musica
12/19 – Le Grand-Quevilly, France – Théâtre Charles Dullin
12/20 – Roubaix, France – Colisee
02/01 – La Grande-Motte, France – Pasino
02/04 – Aix-en-Provence, France – Pasino
02/06 – Amiens, France – Maison de la Culture d’Amiens
02/10 – Sochaus, France – La Mals
02/13 – Bordeaux, France – Casino Théâtre Barrière
Find out more at www.mariannefaithfull.org.uk