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Why Marianne Faithfull Matters

Why Marianne Faithfull Matters

ISBN
9780571368969
Published
05/08/2021
9780571368969
Format
Hardback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
192

About the Book

A remarkable feminist history and biography that features fragments from the five-decade career of an iconic artist.

'Through this deeply personal take, the real significance of Faithfull as an irrepressible female icon shines through.'
SHINDIG

'Excellent . . . Pearson deserves the widest possible audience.'
POPMATTERS

'With vulnerability and a smart sense of humor, Tanya Pearson exposes the profoundly misogynistic music industry that abused Marianne Faithfull . . . heroic and hiliarious.'
JD SAMSON, of LeTigre and MEN

'Witty, passioante, and provactive. Finally, a feminist appreciation for Marianne Faithfull.'
VIVIEN GOLDMAN, author of Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

First as a doe-eyed ingénue with ‘As Tears Go By’, then as a gravel-voiced phoenix rising from the ashes of the 1960s with a landmark punk album, Broken English, and finally as a genre-less icon, Marianne Faithfull carved her name into the history of rock ’n’ roll to chart a career spanning five decades and multiple detours.

Why, then, was Faithfull absent from the male-dominated history of the British Invasion?

Putting memoir on equal footing with biographical accounts, historian Tanya Pearson writes about Faithfull as an avid fan, recovered addict and queer musician at a crossroads. Whether exploring Faithfull’s rise to celebrity, her drug addiction and fall from grace as a spurned ‘muse’ or her reinvention as a sober, soulful chanteuse subverting all expectations for an ageing woman in music, Pearson reaffirms the deep connection between creator and listener in this remarkable feminist history of the iconic artist

A remarkable feminist history and biography that features fragments from the five-decade career of an iconic artist.'Through this deeply personal take, the real significance of Faithfull as an irrepressible female icon shines through.'SHINDIG'Excellent . . . Pearson deserves the widest possible audience.'POPMATTERS'With vulnerability and a smart sense of humor, Tanya Pearson exposes the profoundly misogynistic music industry that abused Marianne Faithfull . . . heroic and hiliarious.'JD SAMSON, of LeTigre and MEN'Witty, passioante, and provactive. Finally, a feminist appreciation for Marianne Faithfull.'VIVIEN GOLDMAN, author of Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy RiotFirst as a doe-eyed ingénue with ‘As Tears Go By’, then as a gravel-voiced phoenix rising from the ashes of the 1960s with a landmark punk album, Broken English, and finally as a genre-less icon, Marianne Faithfull carved her name into the history of rock ’n’ roll to chart a career spanning five decades and multiple detours.Why, then, was Faithfull absent from the male-dominated history of the British Invasion?Putting memoir on equal footing with biographical accounts, historian Tanya Pearson writes about Faithfull as an avid fan, recovered addict and queer musician at a crossroads. Whether exploring Faithfull’s rise to celebrity, her drug addiction and fall from grace as a spurned ‘muse’ or her reinvention as a sober, soulful chanteuse subverting all expectations for an ageing woman in music, Pearson reaffirms the deep connection between creator and listener in this remarkable feminist history of the iconic artist
  • Tanya Pearson

    Tanya Pearson is a public historian and director of the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a collection of digital interviews and written transcripts documenting the lives and careers of women-identified rock musicians. Her work has appeared in Bust MagazineMemoir Mixtapes, and Oral History Journal.

“With vulnerability and a smart sense of humor, Tanya Pearson exposes the profoundly misogynistic music industry that abused Marianne Faithfull, and reveals how addiction recovery can lead you back to your song. This is a heroic and hilarious text that creates space for middle-aged women musicians doing our best work.”
- JD Samson, of LeTigre and MEN
“Witty, passionate, and provocative. Finally, a feminist appreciation for Marianne Faithfull’s unique career.”
- Vivien Goldman, author of REVENGE OF THE SHE-PUNKS: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot