Music: Holding Tight, Letting Go

Marianne Faithfull travels a rough road and sings proud

No last names are used in the women's group she attends every Thursday. "They call me Marianne," she says, "and my full name is neither here nor there. They know me as a real human being, and it has been an absolute revelation to me. It seems I may have something to offer in real life, not just as a dream figure."

That dream was so persistent, though. Beautiful, for one thing: the blond girl on the record jacket, staring out from everlasting eyes. Gifted, for another: the sensuality of that young voice, singing As Tears Go By with so much...

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