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."