Praise for Mick Jagger: Rebel Knight
‘The classic biography’ – The Times
'Sandford has done a meticulous job and writes in a gently authoritative, cohesive style.' – Q
'Shows a light and often comic touch' – Julie Burchill, The Spectator
When he wrote the lyrics to Sympathy for the Devil
in 1968 Mick Jagger could hardly have predicted how true the line ‘I’ve been around for a long long year’ would become. The Rolling Stones, without doubt the most successful rock act ever, appear to be indestructible.
The story of The Stones is a fascinating one, full of drama and tragedy, and Christopher Sandford tells the tale with skill and perception. The pace was hard, and many fell by the wayside, or succumbed to addictions. But lead singer Mick Jagger carried on, keeping the band together with a remarkable combination of talent and business acumen. One of the greatest live entertainers of all time, Mick Jagger remains the benchmark by which other performers are judged. From the moment he first appeared on Ready Steady Go
in 1961, exuding sexuality and staring at the camera with extraordinary poise before breaking out into the strutting prance that would become his trademark, he became the absolute epitome of the rock star. It was Mick who pioneered the androgyne trend in rock, appearing on stage at Hyde Park in a white frilly dress, years before Bowie appeared on the scene.
This wry and informative account takes us through the first 50 years of Jagger’s life – the death of founder member Brian Jones, the tragedy at Altamont, the chaotic tours. The author draws on conversations with Jagger’s family, school friends, three members of his original group and his former chauffeur, Tom Keylock. There are intriguing insights into Jagger's turbulent relationships with band members, in particular with guitarist and fellow ‘Glimmer Twin’ Keith Richards. Jagger is always the committed womanizer, and there are details of his celebrity affairs, as well as his long relationships with Marianne Faithfull, his first wife Bianca, Marsha Hunt and Jerry Hall. Sandford added an epilogue in 2003, bringing the story up to that date.
Mick Jagger, along with the other Stones, had to grow up in the public eye. His image evolved from working class lad from Dartford into rock superstar, and finally into something like an English gentleman - hobnobbing with the aristocracy, owning estates in England, France and Mustique, squiring models and debutantes. Knighted in 2002 Mick Jagger has indeed become a man of wealth and taste.Christopher Sandford
enjoyed careers in in public relations, cricket and music journalism and writing fiction before turning his hand to biographies. As a music journalist he has written acclaimed biographies of Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Kurt Cobain. Christopher Sandford lives in Seattle.
- Publisher:Lume Books (9 Nov. 2016)
- File size:1836 KB
- Screen Reader:Supported
- Enhanced typesetting:Enabled
- X-Ray:Not Enabled
- Word Wise:Enabled
- Print length:436 pages
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