Pop Culture & Performing Arts

Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record

A tribute to the life and work of one of the great musical icons of the twentieth century, reflected through the lenses of the world’s greatest photographers. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the release in 1964 of her groundbreaking debut single "As Tears Go By," this is the definitive book on Faithfull, one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. As a folk singer in London, Marianne Faithfull was discovered in a coffeehouse in 1964 by the manager of the Rolling Stones. Over the five decades since, her work as a musician, her performances as an actress on stage and screen, and her presence as an icon of style have made Faithfull an undisputed icon of pop culture. Edited by the artist herself, with accompanying handwritten captions, this book represents a personal collection of images that tell the stories of her life—from her explosive success in London in the 1960s and her infamous relationships with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, to her rise as an actress and her collaborations with artists as diverse as David Bowie and Nick Cave. Including never-before-seen snapshots from Faithfull’s collection, specially commissioned photographs of her home in Paris, and iconic images by many of the world’s best-known photographers—Steven Meisel, David Bailey, and Anton Corbijn, among many others—this is a revealing celebration of an extraordinary life in popular culture.

About The Author

Marianne Faithfull is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She has collaborated with icons such as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Blur, Beck, and Nick Cave, among many others. Alongside her music, Faithfull has maintained a successful career as an actor, working with luminaries such as Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Delon, and Sofia Coppola.

  • Publish Date: November 04, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Music - Genres & Styles - Rock
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11-3/4
  • Pages: 304
  • US Price: $65.00
  • CDN Price: $65.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4359-6


“In a new photo memoir, the author pays tribute to one of rock 'n' roll's most iconoclastic women.” –Harper’s Bazaar

"50 Years of Tears: Marianne Faithfull's Amazing Second Act. This gorgeous coffee-table book captures a pop icon from the Swinging Sixties to today." –Rolling Stone

“Even when others are inclined to whitewash the past, Marianne Faithfull has never been shy about anything. It’s part of what makes her memoir so compelling, her photo book so appealing (tucked among a British Vogue fashion shoot, pictures by Cecil Beaton, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Bailey, are scrapbooked tear-outs of some of her most scandalous press), and her songs so refreshingly raw.” –Vogue
“What is so fascinating about Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record is that it is not at all what one expects. The expectation was for this tale to be about the 60s pop idol and emblem of the go-go 60s fashion youth quake, how she fell into a life of drugs and despair, and how she clawed her way back to success; that assumption was quickly proven incorrect—to great surprise and enjoyment. What also sets apart Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record is that it is written by the subject...The book comes off as a badge of honor for her that indeed she had one helluva life despite the pitfalls and the highs and lows of her personal and professional lives. Faithfull allows us to enter her life through an amazing assortment of personal photos as well as those that appeared in the media. Again, to bring this into a more intimate recounting of her life, the photos are accompanied by captions written in her own, idiosyncratic hand. Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record is something that educates, informs, and entertains all at once.” –New York Journal of Books

"The British singer assembled." personal pics and the work of photographers like Steven Meisel and Anton Corbijn (and an intro by Salman Rushdie) in a memoir timed to the 50th anniversary of her debut single, “As Tears Go By.” –Billboard.com
“[One of] Best Fall Books. The Youthquake poster child who went from Mick Jagger’s muse to musical icon in her own right brings us along for the wild journey.” –Elle
“…the publication of a glorious coffee table book published by Rizzoli...” –Another Man Magazine