Over the years I was mugged, jeered and leered at by drunks, inconvenienced on countless occasions by noise and street closures.The last straw for me came on one marching day when I witnessed a cute, smiling three-year-old shout “Fenian” at a wee boy in a Celtic strip.Look at Jagger today, still cavorting and having babies with girls less than half his age, leaving a trail of broken women and fractured relationships in his wake.
At least Keith Richards had the grace to acknowledge the death of his former girlfriend and mother of two of his children.‘A remarkable woman,’ he tweeted this week. Pallenberg was of Italian-German heritage and politely described as an actress, model and fashion designer. Her notoriety and smoky fame stemmed from the men she associated with, not from anything she achieved herself.
She dated the Stones founder Brian Jones, was rumoured to have had an affair with Mick Jagger and had three children with Richards, one of whom died in infancy.
Not only did I live across from a practise hall for Orange bands, but every year a small but significant section of the warm, close-knit community I had come to know and love split itself along religious lines and transformed into a two-sided choir of hate.
At the height of the marching season Duke Street and the surrounding districts would become a tense, sometimes aggressive cauldron.
“Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now.
The full interview is published in the 250th issue of MOJO magazine, out now.
Yet I always felt uncomfortable about the enthusiastic celebration of them by new generations of feminists and fans; wide-eyed devotees who couldn’t see past the velvet floppy hats and Sixties hippy chic.
Pallenberg may have known how to wear furs and skinny jeans, but she spent her most vital years in a heroin haze. Yet they are idolised by fashionable celebrities such as Kate Moss and model-turned-designer Alexa Chung, and even lionised by Jennifer Saunders, who wrote parts for them both in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous.
She claims he told her he had to pay a visit to Morrison’s apartment, but chose to stay in her own hotel room taking ‘downers’. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal and I won’t be there. She plays the Royal Festival Hall on November 29, as part of her 50th anniversary tour.
Except me.” Breiteuil died of an overdose not long afterwards, in 1971.
I loved the high ceilings and cornices, the big rooms.