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The ‘Swinging Sixties’ was a decade that pulsated with energy and dynamism. The baby boomer generation, in particular, rode this wave of change, discarding the conventional norms and societal constraints of prior decades. This was largely fueled by groundbreaking shifts in music, art, fashion, and burgeoning technological innovations. Enter Jimi Hendrix!

It was an age characterized by its iconic mantra: “Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.” The air was thick with rebellious vibes and unbridled freedom, with legendary bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and guitar maestro Jimi Hendrix setting new paradigms not just in music, but in lifestyle as well.

The relationship between Marianne Faithfull and The Rolling Stones

Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger in the 60's.
Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger in the 60’s.
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The Rolling Stones, for instance, were just as famous for their party-hard lifestyle as they were for their music. Their wild reputation was so pervasive that it sometimes risked overshadowing their exceptional musical contributions. At the heart of their success was the unparalleled songwriting combination of frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. Together, they masterfully blended traditional blues and R&B, adding a contemporary, edgy twist that captivated audiences worldwide, cementing their place as one of the globe’s most influential bands.

Marianne Faithfull, a British singer, actress, and songwriter, emerged in the mid-1960s as a fresh face in the world of music with her hauntingly beautiful song “As Tears Go By,” co-written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham. As her talent began to shine, her path crossed with The Rolling Stones, marking the beginning of a profound professional and personal association, particularly with Mick Jagger.

The romantic entanglement between Jagger and Faithfull was a constant headline grabber, becoming particularly sensationalized after an infamous drug raid at Keith Richards’ residence in Sussex.

The media frenzy took a toll on Faithfull, who was disparagingly referred to in headlines as the ‘Naked Girl At Stones Party.’ Further complicating matters, Jagger’s infidelities, including a liaison with Faithfull’s close friend Anita Pallenberg, strained their relationship, leading to its eventual demise. While Jagger and Richards’ collaborative songwriting was propelling The Rolling Stones to international fame, blending blues and R&B with a contemporary rebellious flair, Faithfull’s personal life was unraveling.

When did Marianne Faithfull meet Jimi Hendrix?

Jimi Hendrix backstage, hanging out with The Rolling Stones, Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969.
Jimi Hendrix backstage, hanging out with The Rolling Stones, Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969.
Credit: Eddie Kramer

In a conversation with Classic Rock, Marianne Faithfull fondly recounted a memory of watching Jimi Hendrix perform at The Bag O’Nail’s. Surprisingly, she was the sole audience member. Hendrix, ever the consummate performer, played the entire show as if it were just for her, creating an enchanting experience. Faithfull mused that if she hadn’t been involved with the Stones’ lead singer during that period, she might have pursued a relationship with the legendary guitarist. As she reminisced about Hendrix, she shared:

I went to see him at his first show in a club in London called The Bag O’Nails. I was the only person there, apart from the roadies and Chas Chandler [Hendrix’s manager]. He saw me there, and he did this whole show to me.

It was magical. I met Hendrix quite a few times, and he always came on a bit strong to me. I couldn’t do anything because I was with Mick. I would have loved to. If I hadn’t been with Mick, I would’ve gone off with him. Jimi is my biggest regret.

Did Mick Jagger meet Jimi Hendrix?

Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix did meet and cross paths on several occasions during the 1960s. Both were prominent figures in the music scene, and their interactions were part of the lively social and musical milieu of the time. The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix Experience were both active in London’s music scene during the same period, and they frequented the same clubs, events, and parties.

One notable event captures their connection: a backstage encounter in 1969 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During this occasion, a relaxed and camaraderie-filled moment unfolded as Jimi Hendrix hung out with The Rolling Stones.

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