Wednesday 09 September 2015
Marianne Faithfull to play Archa
Marianne Faithfull to play Archa

Singer is celebrating 50 years in the music business
In 1964 at the age of 16, Marianne Faithfull released her first single, a song written for her by Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, along with manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Her version of “As Tears Go By” came out before the Stones own take on the song. She is now touring to promote her latest album, Give My Love to London, and to mark 50 years in show business.
Faithfull had a string of single in the 1960s and cowrote the Stone’s song “Sister Morphine.” She then took a decade-long break from the music industry only to come back in 1977 with a surprise country album called Dreamin' My Dreams and then her breakthrough comeback album. Broken English in 1979, It is considered by many to be her best work.
Marianne Faithfull
When: Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.
Where: Divadlo Archa
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It was also a departure from her earlier soft-rock style. This time she showed influences of punk and new wave. Her cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” won critical acclaim.
Over the years her voice had also changed, growing much deeper due to her smoking, making almost unrecognizable to her earlier fans.
Since then, she has continued to record on a semi-regular basis, getting mostly good reviews if not a lot of radio play.
He most recent album is Give My Love to London, which earned an eight out 10 on music site Pitchfork and a three out of five star review from UK newspaper The Guardian.
Clive Davis in UK’s Sunday Times said, “[Faithfull] is more a work of performance art than a singer. … But for die-hard fans, of course, that is part of the mystique.”
He added that Faithfull’s voice may be coarse “but the conviction with which she anticipates this ‘fresh breeze’ is unmistakable.”
UK’s The Observer said it was not as good as Broken English, “but the likes of ‘Falling Back’ and ‘Sparrows Will Sing ‘are the equal of anything she’s done since.”
Roger Waters wrote the song “Sparrows Will Sing” for Faithfull. Nick Cave also gets some writing credits on the album.
Her anniversary tour was put on hold at the end of 2014 due to some health problems. A note on her website said that she was having trouble with her hip.

“It is incredible that I’ve been going around with a dodgy hip for 8 months and doing these wonderful shows which I loved. Half of it was a nightmare – the pain – but the band, the crew, the music, the songs, the shows, the audiences were just wonderful and it makes me very sad that we have to postpone everything and I can’t go back to my lovely music again until probably September, I really have to be well this time,” she said, adding that it was just a routine infection.
Until that point she had been doing shows with about 16 songs, starting with the title track from her latest album and including a good sampling of that album.
Her hits “Broken English,” “As Tears Go By” and “Sister Morphine” and “The Ballad of Lucie Jordan” aren’t overlooked.
She begins the tour again on Oct. 3 in Switzerland and will run until the Nov. 4, when she ends in Belgium. She hits Prague Oct. 29.

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