Rizzoli is publishing A Life on Record, a biographical and photographical work about and by Marianne Faithfull, co–written with Salman Rushdie. Discovered in the early 60s when she was only 17, by the Rolling Stones’ manager, this daughter of a British officer and an Austrian aristocrat immediately made her mark with her contrastingly deep voice and diaphanous beauty. And yet a stream of successes and life in the entourage of the Stones led her to to overindulge in hard drugs (&heroin in particular&), which almost killed her. She could have disappeared like so many others as the tide turned in the 1970s and flower power was out. Not only did she survive, but she also recorded some of her finest numbers, including, in 1979, the famous Broken English album, which featured the hit, “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”. The Queen Mother of British rock with a voice like broken glass has worked with the likes of Beck and Chéreau, and played God in the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. A Life on Record delves into her personal collections with numerous rarely seen photos and anecdotes that only she can tell in confidence to one of her greatest fans, the author of The Satanic Verses. Published by Rizzoli in November 2014, €65.