Easy come, easy go for Marianne Faithfull 

What becomes a legend most? When it comes to Marianne Faithfull, it would be dark, intimate venues. She started out in coffeehouses in 1964, when she was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham and paired with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for her first hit single “As Tears Go By.” The classy 63-year-old returns to a smaller house for two acoustic concerts at Yoshi’s in Oakland next week. Accompanied by guitarist Doug Pettibone, she’s backing her recent Hal Willner-produced effort “Easy Come, Easy Go.”

You’ve written two autobiographies. Is it true that now you’ve agreed to a biopic? Well, I shouldn’t have really said that, because it’s not all signed and sealed, by any means. But yeah — I’m open to the idea now. I think it could work with the right director. A young man would be great, I think — someone who can bring it a pair of fresh eyes. But my life is so long and elaborate, you couldn’t get it all into one film!

What philosophies guide you these days? Well, I meditate, which helps me a lot. It’s Tibetan meditation — Allen taught me, Allen Ginsberg. So I do that. And I don’t believe in God — I believe in a great energy, a sort of great healing energy that goes through the world, and that’s what I can see in myself. To have gotten better from hepatitis C, of course I had the treatment and everything, but to be perfectly well after all these things is really amazing to me.

How did you contract it? Oh, I don’t know. Probably years ago, doing very naughty, bad things.

Well, nowadays stars can’t do anything without being photographed. How do you cope? I think it’s best not to go to those places where you’ll be photographed. So I don’t go. And I don’t drink anymore, and I don’t do coke — there’s just no reason. And I know that I can get irritated by people, so I’ve found that it’s best to just not react. And I’ll just make a casual throwaway remark, and it gets twisted out of context, exaggerated online until it all sounds incredibly dramatic and real. I hate that!

Have you finally started to reflect on all your amazing achievements? Yes, and I’m beginning to enjoy it. And I can see as I get older, I’ll become even more nostalgic. And I think decent people always doubt themselves a little bit. But I’m over that now, though, because all the work I’ve done has, well, worked!

Marianne Faithfull

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday and March 4
Tickets: $35
Contact: (510) 238-9200; www.yoshis.com

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