January 12, 2009 by A.C. Rhodes
wife, girlfriend or muse of all time?
Category: Question of the Week
Marianne Faithfull. She was an iconic beauty, and she remade herself years after her moment seemed to have gone.
Bianca’s more my kind of iconic. She remade herself, too, but more in the less visible area of human rights. Runner up: Olivia Harrison.
Debbie Harry, if for no other reason that putting her solo career on hold to help take care of former Chris Stein when he came down with pemphigus
Tie: Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene,” Arthur Lee’s “Pretty.”
Yoko Ono. Supremely talented, defiantly original, and graceful in the face of decades of hostility and sexism.
Must agree with Mr. Considine, too — Yoko definitely would make my Top Five. And for husbands/boyfriends… Cameron Crowe.
I kid, I kid.
Yoko’s a good one. She actually inspired some great songs. Angie Bowie was also inspiration for a song or two (though I’ll take the Bowie stuff over the Stones’ “Angie”).
Yoko. Weirdly, I totally relate to her in more ways than you can imagine.
Bebe Buell and Pattie Boyd.
Mrs Ray Davies, Mrs Jim Kerr…Miss Chrissie Hynde
Marianne Faithfull for me, too. I love her. I listened to her when I was a kid in the Soviet Union, then forgot her name, and ran into her (music) again year later. Such an inspiration.
Pattie Boyd, Something? Layla? I rest my case. BTW, she’s an amazing photographer!
My friend, Harvey Kubernik, introduced me to Marianne Faithfull in the lobby of L.A.’s Pantages Theater following the Bob Dylan/Merle Haggard concert there several years ago. She was incredibly nice and when she was leaving, after mostly talking to HK (who she’s known for years), she looked back at me, made eye contact and said: “So nice to meet you!” Loved her before that but I’ve loved her even more since then. A genuinely nice person.
Sara Dylan, without a doubt. Inspired some of the most emotionally truthful, wrenching songs ever.
Gloria Jones, Iman and Betty Davis!
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