She's With the Band
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
A few months ago (er, like six), I read this fantastic comprehensive biography of the Rolling Stones. And yes, those guys are musical legends, but the parts I enjoyed most were their off-stage, headline-making antics – in particular, the impressive girlfriend juggling they seemed to master pretty quickly. Even decades after their hedonistic heyday, it's all so fascinating and scandal-riffic.
There seem to be a couple of requisites to being a Rolling Stone girlfriend: 1) Have a very high tolerance for flings with other women (and occasional illegitimate babies). 2) Be devastatingly stylish. (And, okay, a penchant for drug use didn't seem to hurt much either.) I'm mostly fixated on the stylish aspect, and went trolling for pics of some of Stones' main squeezes during the '60s and '70s, especially Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull. They've both got that great shaggy blonde, big furs, rumpled glam thing going on, and I love it. Have a look.
Let's start with Marianne. That's her above – aren't the glasses fab?
Moving on to Anita, who was decidedly more rocker-y (leather! short shorts!):
And here's a gratuitous pic of a young Mick (with pre-Marianne girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton). Because really, the man's style could fill a few posts of his own: