After a 50 year music career, Marianne Faithfull continues to produce great music, as heard by her latest album Give My Love to London. In those years, Faithfull has “overcome homelessness and a crippling heroin addiction” to reemerge and reinvent herself as an entity quite separate from her past high-profile relationship with Mick Jagger.
Faithfull began working on Give My Love to London while recovering from a serious spinal injury that kept her flat on her back for six months. She described the time as a period of “absolute peace where I could just ponder about…who I love, who I don’t love, what I care about, what’s important to me.”
Nick Cave collaborated on a few tracks on the album. The somber track “Late Victorian Holocaust” features a “gorgeous violin solo by Bad Seed Warren Ellis“. Both Cave and Faithfull have been off Heroin for over 25 years and used this shared struggle to fuel the power of the song.
Faithfull plans to support the record on the road despite her recent serious injuries, because, “It’s the responsibility of being Marianne Faithfull, my dear,” she says.
Read the rest of the Rolling Stone interview here.