Anita Pallemberg defines boho rock star cool. She truly was the first great Rock n’ Roll muse and style icon. It’s impossible to calculate her influence on today’s fashion as it is just so vast. From floppy hats, wide brim fedoras, t-shirt dresses, to ethnic tunics and jewelry, furs, or layering multi patterns and fabrics… the list just goes on.
Anita here with Jagger’s girl, Marianne Faithful.
Anita embarked on a relationship with guitarist Brian Jones, with whom she spent two years in a haze of drugs and passion.
The couple were Carnaby Street fashion plates and often dressed alike.
Fellow Rolling Stone band member, Keith Richards, in 1967 on a trip to Morocco, took her away. Keith and Anita’s subsequent decade-plus relationship was well documented, the two sharing love, wardrobes, narcotics, good looks and an attitude so cool that the devil may even care.
Anita Pallemberg, Keith Richards and Gram Parsons from the Birds at Joshua Tree, 1969.
Anita Pallemberg, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull at Stonehenge, April 1968.
Often deemed “the sixth Stone”, Anita would prove to be a big influence on the group, evolving the way they looked, from tatty suits to furs and feathers, and influencing the way they sounded. She was the inspiration for tracks like “Gimme Shelter” and “You Got The Silver”.
She plays host to a sizable filmography that begins with 1967’s German film A Degree of Murder, and has seen such highlights like the cult classic Barbarella, 1968, with Jane Fonda, and Performance, 1970. Performance, with Mick Jagger, was a highly controversial film for its content on drugs, nudity and violence.
Mord und Totschlag, A Degree of Murder. 1967 West German film, starring Anita Pallemberg and directed by Volker Schlöndorff. The film is widely recognised because of the soundtrack composed, produced, arranged, and played by Brian Jones, Anita’s boyfriend at the time.
In Paco Rabbane’s designs with Jane Fonda as the Black Queen in the film Barbarella. 1968.
Performance. Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, starring James Fox and Mick Jagger. The film was produced in 1968 but not released until 1970.