Her musical career has often been overshadowed by a colourful, and at times tragic, personal life, but Marianne Faithfull, now in her seventh decade, is a survivor in every sense. Born in London in 1946 she began her singing career as a folk artist in coffee houses until she was discovered at a Rolling Stones launch party by Andrew Loog Oldham. Her first major release, As Tears Go By, written by Jagger, Richards and Oldham, was a chart success and catapulted her into the public eye at the tender age of 17. Faithfull became a fixture on the swinging London scene, and began a much-publicised relationship with Mick Jagger. The ending of the relationship and an increasing reliance on drugs sent Faithfull’s career and personal life into a tailspin. In 1979 she made a comeback with critically-acclaimed Broken English, an emotional album in which Faithfull’s voice, gravelly from her years of drug abuse, is captivating nonetheless. In 1987 Faithfull once again reinvented herself with Strange Weather, an eclectic mix of jazz and blues and her first album after years of drug rehabilitation.
Faithfull’s musical career rebounded for the third time during the early 1990s with the live album Blazing Away, in which she revisited songs she had performed over the course of her career. This concert is part of her 50th Anniversary Tour, celebrating half a century in the music business.
December 9th, 9pm. Palau de la Música 4-6.
Tickets from €16 to €54