Marianne Faithfull says she hated sex in the 60s

The singer-songwriter says she needed alcohol or drugs to have sex in the 1960s.
Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Sept. 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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Marianne Faithfull, who dated rockers like David Bowie and Mick Jagger, might seem emblematic of the social and sexual freedom of the 1960s. But it wasn't until her 50s that the now 66-year-old singer-songwriter says she actually enjoyed sex.

During an upcoming appearance on the BBC show "Who Do You Think You Are?," Faithfull says that the rapes of her mother and grandmother contributed to her negative outlook on sex.

"I think my mother and her unconscious and unspoken loathing of men had a huge effect on me," Faithfull says.

"It was a big problem for me in the 60s, especially as I had to pretend that everything was so wonderful, wild and sexual. But it really wasn't," she adds. "It took me years, until the time I got to 50 or so, before I could be in a relationship and love and not have to take drink or drugs to have sex."

Jagger, Keith Richards and Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham wrote Faithfull's first hit, "As Tears Go By," which was released in 1964. She famously struggled with drug abuse and became inextricably linked to the Swinging Sixties scene in London.

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