Miss Marianne Faithfull:

Miss Marianne Faithfull:
(Born December 29, 1946) Songs she inspired: She Smiled Sweetly, Let's Spend The Night Together, She's Like A Rainbow, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Wild Horses, I Got The Blues, 100 Years Ago, Winter

Miss Anita Pallenberg:

Miss Anita Pallenberg:
(Born April 6, 1942) Songs she inspired: You Got The Silver, Sister Morphine (words by Marianne), Wild Horses, Coming Down Again, Angie, Beast Of Burden, All About You

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blonde On Blonde

The first known picture of Anita and Brian, taken by early Stones photographer Bent Rej. Anita got backstage with him after a Stones show in Munich in September 1965; it was the fateful night that she entered their world:
At Tara Browne's 21st birthday party:
En route to Marrakesh:
"I decided to kidnap Brian. It sounds ridicuous... But they even made a movie about it, about kidnapping a pop star... 'Privilege'. That was the original story. It was supposed to be Brian. Brian seemed sexually the most flexible. Guys or girls? It didn't matter. The others all seemed to have a chick on their side with a toupee, false eyelashes, and all that. You know what I mean? And foam for the fanny and stuff for not getting pregnant and all that shit. Brian I knew I could just talk to him. As a matter of fact, when I met him I was his groupie, really."

"I met him first in the Oktoberfest circus. I got backstage with a photographer. I told him I just wanna meet them. I tell you I had a piece of hash and amyl nitrates. There were the Troggs, Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood. They were the opening act. Backstage, it was like where the horses walk, it was a beerhall atmosphere... I asked him if he wanted to smoke a joint and Brian says, 'Yeah, let's smoke a joint.' So he says, 'Come back to the hotel.' Then he sat and cried there all night long. He was my groupie, I had a fling. But it wasn't American-style 'Let's go and have a good time'. Brian was a pain in the ass, you know. He was so vulnerable, he was so upset about Mick and Keith. They had teamed up on him and I really felt sorry for him. Brian had everything going for him. Brian was FAN-TAS-TIC! He was a very complicated person, like he used to dye his hair, blonde it, and I used to cut it and he had like four mirrors all around him. Well, I used to dye it blonder, he was really into chicks. He was quite a bully, like small guys are. He's a small guy, like when he got drunk, like what he would do if he felt threatened -- that's when I knew trouble was coming. "


Another part of Stones lore: I've read in several publications that the title of Dylan's masterful album Blonde On Blonde was (or indeed may have been) inspired by the coupledom of Anita and Brian, who circa 1966 looked like carbon copies of each other. Dylan was spending a lot of time in London then, and hung out with Brian quite a bit (although Dylan and his co-hort Neuwirth were supposedly quite mean to him at times). Dylan had a well-known nasty streak, and cut people down when he felt like it. He was so worshipped at the time that 'peasants' waiting to pay homage to their folk God often found his presence terrifying. For a character like Brian, who was so fragile and sensitive already, it wasn't exactly an easy friendship. Photos: my scans


Anonymous said...

where did you get the Anita interview? thanks!

Leith said...

I typed it (it's much longer, I am going to type out the whole thing later) from the book "The Rolling Stones: The First Twenty Years" by David Dalton.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I have read marianne faithfull's and pattie boyd's biographies, do you know if anita has a book? Are there any other biographies that you recommend?

Leith said...

Sadly, Anita has no autobiography or anything like that. Marianne's book is one of my all time favorite reads, it's so good. I would recommend her book from 2007 called "Memories, Dreams and Reflections" too. There's a bio of her called "As Tears Go By" that I like as well (though neither are as good as her original autobio). One thing I definitely recommend, if you can get a copy on Amazon, is "Spanish" Tony Sanchez's book "Up and Down With The Rolling Stones". It's GREAT for Anita and Marianne stuff.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I've been looking for that one on Amazon, it's hard to find! Thanks again!

Salon Mystique said...

I really love your blog! I did a piece on my favorite 60's fashion blogs and I included (Diet) Coke and Sympathy.


Anonymous said...

marianne's book is one of my favorites, too. she's so funny and honest. i love your blog, it's my favorite stones related one ever.

Leith said...

Wow, thank you! That is the best compliment I could receive!

Robert W said...

Thank you for your time, money and efforts. Thank you for sharing, a beautiful time, long past. Such lovely images.

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