This blog is dedicated to Stones goddesses Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, whose beauty and strength I find limitlessly inspiring (and whose photos I've spent thousands of dollars collecting and hundreds of hours scanning, so please, read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page, and don't re-post them without credit). This means you, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc., people.
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:
(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
Friday, July 1, 2011
Every summer it happens; when the air is saturated with that sticky, humid thickness and the sun is burning, I always feel like listening to Exile On Main St (well, technically I should say, "I feel like listening to Exile more than I usually do", which is already an amount more sizeable than any person I know). And it's not because Exile is a particularly 'sunny' record or anything (although it does contain the 'kind-of' love song, "Happy", written by Keith about Anita and two-year-old Marlon, and itdoesn't contain the absolutely heart-wrenching, wrist-slitting ballads of its predecessor or successor, Sticky Fingers and Goat's Head Soup respectively, that contain songs like "I Got The Blues", "Wild Horses", "Sister Morphine", "Coming Down Again" and "Angie"). It must be because my mind can't help but transport itself to the summer of 1971, wandering through the long halls and gargantuan rooms of Villa Nellcôte, the mansion Keith Richards had rented in Villefranche-sur-Mer, where much of what became Exile On Main St. was written and recorded. It is, in fact, probably my top favorite Rolling Stones “I wish I was there” daydream – laying out on the veranda with Anita, eating a lavish meal at midnight while Keith and Gram strum their country blues, wandering down to the dark basement for a “Sweet Virginia” singalong…
One of my favorite pics of Anita - making baby faces at Marlon:
Keith with Gram Parsons:
Anita with Marshall Chess:
Mick with Mick Taylor and his new bride, Rose Millar, who had recently given birth to the Taylors' daughter, Chloe:
Do those horseback riders know they are in the presence of greatness?
This photo was taken by Michael Cooper:
Family portrait on the grass
All photos unless specified otherwise were taken by Dominique Tarle, scanned by me from a variety of sources. Pleeeeeeease credit if you re-post. Thanks.