Wednesday, March 31, 2010

been beat up and battered ‘round, been sent up and i’ve been shot down


After the February Redlands bust, Marianne Faithfull is seen here arriving at court on June 28, 1967. Marianne was the most infamous 'star' of the 1967 bust and ensuing trial. Famously, she was wrapped in a fur rug when the police raided the house while Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women" played in the background. The only female in attendance (Pattie Boyd, who was there with George, had already left hours earlier), the police and the media alternately portrayed Marianne as the virginal human sacrifice on the altar of hedonistic rock 'n' roll, as well as the scandalous Miss X (the name referred to her in the trial), the woman of ill-virtue and foul ideas concerning Mars Bars. Though she herself was not charged, she suffered more in terms of her image than Mick and Keith combined, who became heroes against an unfair government system. As Marianne herself referred to the rumors stemming from the bust, "Their story went like this: a group of dissolute rock stars lured an innocent girl to a remote cottage where, having plied her with drugs, they had their way with her, including various sex acts involving a Mars Bar."At Keith Richard's trial, he openly defended her against a prosecutor who sought to defame her publicly for her nudity, by saying, "We are not old men and we're not worried about your petty morals." Keith has remained a supporter of Marianne's character over the years, even in 1988 joking about the ridiculousness of the story by sarcastically stating, "We were right out of Mars Bars at the time."

5 comments:

Missypixie Doodle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I remember a RS programme on TV a few years back, and of course the Mars Bar subject came up, I remember Keith's comment was also witty, like the last line of your post. Another form or press abuse. I don't think i'd want to imagine, if the raid happened these days, what chocy, or none chocy item was also accused. o.O

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think that Keith has the right attitude about that sort of thing. He recognizes the stupidity of these rumors, so instead of being offended by them he'll say something incredibly funny.
I can't even imagine having to go through that. And Marianne was only 21 or so. I don't think I'd like people talking about my bedroom activities at that age.

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I'll definitely keep reading - I love having some retro friends!

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