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Mick Jagger



Biography

Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger, born on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, SE England, UK. He is a Golden Globe-winning and two-time Grammy-winning English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman, best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the rock and roll band The Rolling Stones. He attended the London School of Economics, but left to form his own rock group, The Rolling Stones, together with Keith Richard, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Brian Jones.

Early life
Mick Jagger's early years with the Rolling Stones
The post 1965 years and the consolidation of the Band - Mick's acting career
Jagger's multiple career
The new millenium
Mick's Knighthood
Family History and ancestry

Early life:

Michael Philip Jagger was born on July 26, 1943; at the Livingstone Hospital in Dartford, Kent, England, UK; to Basil Fanshawe (Joe) Jagger and Eva Ensley Mary Scutts. Mick also has a younger brother, Christopher Jagger (who is also a musician), born also in Dartford on August 5, 1949.

The Jaggers were a middle-class family, a household supported by Basil who was a physical education teacher in Dartford and Eva, a homemaker, who was the dominant force in the Jagger household and was held in high regard by her sons.

Mick was raised to follow his father's and grandfather's career path as a teacher. However since early childhood he showed a big passion for music, and as he mentions in his book "According to the Rolling Stones": "I was always a singer. I was always a singer. I always sang as a child. I was one of those kids who just liked to sing. Some kids sing in choirs; others like to show off in front of the mirror. I was in the church choir and I also loved listening to singers on the radio - the BBC or Radio Luxemburg - or watching them on TV and in the movies."

Mick attended "Maypole Primary School" and later "Wentworth Country Primary School" where he initially met future musical collaborator and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards while the pair were five years old, so they were classmates for a few years, although they would lose contact with each other when entering in different secondary schools and lost touch until 1960.

He then attended secondary school in "Dartford Grammar School", a selective secondary (ages 11–18) foundation school for boys established in 1576 in Dartford, which admits girls to its sixth form (ages 16–18) and where all of the students joining the school are from the top 25% of the ability range.

During his years in the secondary schoold, Jagger discovered a love for music, especially early rock & roll, as well as developing an interest in business that would later make him attend the London School of Economics. During these years he formed a high school band, "Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys" together with Dick Taylor, who would later become an early bass player for Rolling Stones.

He was academically successful, having passed 3 A-levels in "Dartford Grammar School", before entering the London School of Economics on a scholarship. The A-level, short for Advanced Level, is a General Certificate of Education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, usually taken by students during the optional final two years of secondary school (Years 12 & 13 (usually ages 16-18), commonly called the Sixth Form except for Scotland), or at a separate sixth form college or further education college, after they have completed GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams.

He entered "London School of Economics" where he studied on a scholarship for a degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in physical education. The London School of Economics and Political Science, more commonly referred to as The London School of Economics or LSE, is a specialist college of the University of London. Today it is regarded as one of the world's leading academic institutions and remains a specialist single-faculty constituent college of the University, the only such institution in Britain. Located on Clare Market in Westminster, off the Aldwych and next to the Royal Courts of Justice and Temple Bar, it describes itself as "the world‘s leading social science institution for teaching and research". LSE also has the most international student body of any university in the world today.

In 1960, Jagger happened to accidentally meet Keith Richards once again (while the two were waiting on a train platform), and when Richards noticed Jagger had several blues records under his arm and both realised that they had an interest in rock n' roll combined with blues, they became friends again.

Richards was attending Sidcup Art College. Richards recalled, "I was still going to school, and he was going up to the London School of Economics. So I get on this train one morning, and there's Jagger and under his arm he has four or five albums. He's got Chuck Berry and Mhairi Paterson, Muddy Waters." They also found they had a mutual friend in guitarist Dick Taylor, who was also a fellow student of Richards’ at Sidcup Art School.

Then Richards joined the "Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys" as second guitarist; soon afterward, he was expelled from Dartford Technical College for truancy.

As a student, Jagger frequented a London club called "the Firehouse". At the age of 19, Jagger began performing as a singer. Like Keith Richards and other members of The Rolling Stones, Jagger had no formal musical training and did not know how to read music.

After almost a year of attending the London School of Economics; Mick Jagger dropped out to pursue a musical career and did not graduate. This decision was not approved by his mother and was reluctantly accepted by his father. Jagger has stated in interviews he could not blame his parents for their mistrust of his choice; even he doubted a life-long career in music was possible.

Meanwhile, Brian Jones had begun skipping school in Cheltenham to practice bebop alto sax and clarinet. By the time he was 16, he had fathered two illegitimate children and run off briefly to Scandinavia, where he began playing guitar. Back in Cheltenham he joined the Ramrods, then drifted to London with his girlfriend and one of his children. He began playing with Alexis Korner’s Blues, Incorporated, then decided to start his own band; a want ad attracted pianist Ian Stewart (b. 1938; d. December 12, 1985).

Stones founders Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were active in the London R&B scene fostered by Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner. Jagger and Richards met Jones while he was playing slide guitar sitting in with Korner's Blues Incorporated. Korner also had hired Jagger periodically and frequently future Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

As Elmo Lewis, Jones began working at the Ealing Blues Club, where he ran into a later, loosely knit version of Blues, Inc., which at the time included drummer Charlie Watts. Jagger and Richards began jamming with Blues, Inc., and while Jagger, Richards, and Jones began to practice on their own, Jagger became the featured singer with Blues, Inc.

Their first rehearsal was organised by Jones and included Stewart, Jagger and Richards - the latter came along at Jagger's invitation.

In June 1962 the lineup was: Jagger, Richards, Stewart, Jones, Taylor, and drummer Tony Chapman. Jones, Jagger, and Richards shared a tiny, cheap London apartment, and with drummer Tony Chapman they cut a demo tape, which was rejected by EMI. Taylor left to attend the Royal College of Art; he eventually formed the Pretty Things. Ian Stewart’s job with a chemical company kept the rest of the group from starving.

The band’s first public appearance was an impromptu appearance at a tiny jazz club called the Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. The band was as of yet unnamed. They impulsively decided to call themselves "Brian Jones and Mick Jagger and the Rollin' Stones" after a Muddy Waters' 1948 song named "Rollin' Stone"; Muddy Waters was an American blues musician and is generally considered "the Father of Chicago blues". The band was not paid for this debut appearance. In that first appearance played Jagger, Richards, Jones, a returned Dick Taylor on bass, and Mick Avory, later of the Kinks, on drums.

Avory and Taylor were replaced by Tony Chapman and Bill Wyman, from the Cliftons. Bassist Bill Wyman joined in December. Chapman didn’t work out, and the band spent months recruiting a cautious Charlie Watts, who worked for an advertising agency and had left Blues, Inc. when its schedule got too busy. In January 1963 Watts joined the band.

The final line-up was Jagger, Richards, Jones, Wyman, Stewart on piano and Watts who completed the band, on drums. Jones intended for the band to play primarily Chicago blues, but Jagger and Richards brought the rock & roll of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley to the band.

Mick Jagger's early years with the Rolling Stones:

Jagger was not an immediate success as lead singer of The Rolling Stones. By his own admission, he was a stiff and awkward school boy in front of an audience, but in the same way the Stones learned how to play and write songs – through imitating other artists – Jagger developed a stage presence. When the Stones began to play live gigs throughout England with other artists, such as Ike and Tina Turner, Jagger learned from other singers how to work an audience and quickly developed his own unique style. As his songwriting and recording career emerged, Richards became his main collaborator, which cemented a close friendship. Brian Jones became more of an isolated figure in the band, as he was unable to contribute to the songwriting process.

Local entrepreneur Giorgio Gomelsky booked the Stones at his Crawdaddy Club for an eight-month, highly successful residency. He was also their unofficial manager until Andrew Loog Oldham, a young ex-publicist, with financing from his partner and veteran booker Eric Easton, signed in early May 1963 them as clients, in the meanwhile Gomelsky, who had no written agreement with the band, was not consulted. By then the Beatles were a British sensation, and Oldham decided to promote the Stones as their nasty opposites.

Ian Stewart was dropped from the band in 1963 for not fitting the "nasty" image desired by manager Andrew Oldham, but he continued to tour with the band as a pianist, keyboardist and road manager until his death in 1985. It was Oldham who insisted that Jagger call himself "Mick" rather than "Mike", a name he continued to use among friends; for example, John Lennon calls him Michael in the 1968 film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

George Harrison, meanwhile, recommended to Decca Records' Dick Rowe - one of the most important producers of "Middle of the road" hits in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and early 1960s who had made the mistake of declining to sign the Beatles to Decca - that he should give The Rolling Stones a recording contract.

In June 1963 the Stones released their first single, Chuck Berry’s “Come On.” After the band played on the British TV rock show "Thank Your Lucky Stars", its producer reportedly told Oldham to get rid of “that vile-looking singer with the tire-tread lips.” The single reached Number 21 on the British chart.

The band embarked on their first UK tour in July 1963 and played their first gig outside of Greater London on Saturday 13 July at the Outlook Club in Middlesbrough. For this they were paid £40. They shared the billing that night with "The Hollies" - an English beat band, and one of the most commercially successful pop/rock acts of the 60's British Musical Invasion, usually ranked in third place after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones -. Many references, including Bill Wyman in his book "Rolling with The Stones" (a detailed journal of his time with the band), incorrectly call this club the Alcove.

After signing The Rolling Stones to a tape-lease deal with Decca, Oldham and Easton booked the band on their first big UK tour in the autumn of 1963. The Stones also appeared at the first annual National Jazz and Blues Festival in London’s borough of Richmond. In September they were also billed as a supporting act for American stars including Bo Diddley, Little Richard and The Everly Brothers; the opportunity to study these artists at work was an important "training ground" for the young band's stagecraft

A cover of The Beatles "I Wanna Be Your Man" number 12 in November 1963 in the UK, brought them to the attention of the record-buying public and a run of eight number one singles in the UK within the next five years. Oldham crafted the band's image of long-haired tearaways "into the opposite of what The Beatles were doing".

In December 1963 the Stones’ second single, “I Wanna Be Your Man” (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney), made the British Top 15. In January 1964 the Stones did their first headlining British tour, with the Ronettes, and released a version of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” which made Number Three.

The band was touring the UK constantly, and made numerous television appearances; their first few UK singles enjoyed steadily increasing chart success. Their first EP, The Rolling Stones, and album (also titled The Rolling Stones, issued in the US as England's Newest Hit Makers) were composed primarily of covers drawn from the band's live repertoire. The LP also included a Jagger/Richards original - "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)" - and two numbers credited to Nanker Phelge, the name used for songs composed by the entire group. In the US, "Tell Me" was also released as a single - the band's first Jagger/Richards-penned A-side - and went to number 24 in August in the US singles charts.

Jagger and Richards had now begun composing their own tunes, as mentioned before at first using the “Nanker Phelge” pseudonym. The followup, a nonoriginal, “Time Is on My Side,” made Number Six in November. From that point on, all but a handful of Stones hits were Jagger-Richards compositions.

Regarding the "Nanker Phelge" name, Bill Wyman explained the origins of the name in his 2002 book, "Rolling With the Stones": "When the Stones cut Stoned or Stones, according to early misprinted pressings as the B-side to 'I Wanna Be Your Man', Brian (as in Jones) suggested crediting it to Nanker/Phelge. The entire band would share writing royalties. Phelge came from Edith Grove flatmate Jimmy Phelge, while a Nanker was a revolting face that band members, Brian in particular, would pull". Thus anything credited to Nanker Phelge refers to a Mick Jagger/Brian Jones/Keith Richards/Charlie Watts/Bill Wyman collaborative composition.

“Not Fade Away” also made the U.S. singles chart (Number 48). By this time the band had become a sensation in Britain, with the press gleefully reporting that band members had been seen urinating in public.

In April 1964 their first album was released in the U.K., and two months later they made their first American tour.

The Rolling Stones' first US tour in June 1964 was, in Bill Wyman's words, "a disaster. When we arrived, we didn't have a hit record or anything going for us." When the band appeared on Dean Martin's TV variety show The Hollywood Palace, Martin mocked both their hair and their performance. During the tour, however, they stopped off to record the Five by Five EP in a two-day recording session at Chess Records Studios in Chicago, where many of their musical heroes recorded. Riots broke out when the band tried to give a press conference. These sessions included what would become The Rolling Stones' first UK chart-topper: their cover of Bobby and Shirley Womack's "It's All Over Now". The Stones’ version of the blues standard “Little Red Rooster,” which had become another U.K. Number One, was banned in the U.S. because of its “objectionable” lyrics.

On their second US tour in the autumn of 1964, the band immediately followed James Brown in the filmed theatrical release of "The TAMI Show", which showcased American acts with British Invasion artists. According to Jagger in 2003, "We weren't actually following James Brown because there were hours in between the filming of each section. Nevertheless, he was still very annoyed about it." On October 25, 1964 the band also appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show". Sullivan, reacting to the pandemonium the Stones caused, promised to never book them again, though he later did book them repeatedly.

Their second LP - the US-only 12 X 5 - was released during this tour. 12 X 5 followed the massive success of their debut "The Rolling Stones" in the UK and the promising sales of its American substitute England's Newest Hit Makers. Not surprisingly, 12 X 5 followed its predecessor's tendency to largely feature R&B covers, however it does contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songwriting team, as well as two group compositions under the pseudonym of "Nanker Phelge".

The Rolling Stones' fifth UK single - a cover of Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster" backed by "Off the Hook" (Nanker Phelge) - was released in November 1964 and became their second number-1 hit in the UK - an unprecedented achievement for a blues number. The band's US distributors (London Records) declined to release "Little Red Rooster" as a single there, probably due to its sexual overtones. In December 1964 London Records released the band's first single with Jagger/Richards originals on both sides: "Heart of Stone" backed with "What a Shame"; "Heart of Stone" went to number 19 in the US.

The post 1965 years and the consolidation of the Band - Mick's acting career:

Jagger and Richards have different recollections about their first songwriting endeavours, but both credit manager Andrew Loog Oldham as the catalyst for their collaboration. Richards says: "So what Andrew Oldham did was lock us up in the kitchen for a night and say, 'Don't come out without a song.' We sat around and came up with 'As Tears Go By'. It was unlike most Rolling Stones material, but that's what happens when you write songs, you immediately fly to some other realm. The weird thing is that Andrew found Marianne Faithfull at the same time, bunged it to her and it was a fuckin' hit for her - we were songwriters already! But it took the rest of that year to dare to write anything for the Stones."

Jagger's version is: "Keith likes to tell the story about the kitchen, God bless him. I think Andrew may have said something at some point along the lines of 'I should lock you in a room until you've written a song' and in that way he did mentally lock us in a room, but he didn't literally lock us in. One of the first songs we came out with was that tune for George Bean, the very memorable 'It Should Be You'."

Although most Jagger/Richards compositions have been collaborations, some of the songs credited to the famous partnership have been basically solo songwriting from either Jagger (for example "Brown Sugar") or Richards ("Happy"). This is comparable to the Lennon/McCartney partnership, who also adhered to a tradition of joint credits even on numbers that were written by just one of the pair.

For the Stones, the duo would write "The Last Time", the band's third number one hit in the UK. One of the first fruits of this collaboration was their first international hit, "Satisfaction." It also established The Rolling Stones’ image as defiant troublemakers who were definitely not The Beatles.

"I wasn't trying to be rebellious in those days," Jagger told Stephen Schiff in a 1992 Vanity Fair profile. "I was just being me. I wasn't trying to push the edge of anything. I'm being me and ordinary, the guy from suburbia who sings in this band, but someone older might have thought it was just the most awful racket, the most terrible thing, and where are we going if this is music?. But all those songs we sang were pretty tame, really. People didn't think they were, but I thought they were tame."

The band's second UK LP - The Rolling Stones No. 2, released in January 1965 - was another number 1 on the album charts; the US version, released in February as "The Rolling Stones, Now!", went to number 5. Most of the material had been recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago and RCA Studios in Los Angeles. In January/February 1965 the band also toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time, playing 34 shows for about 100,000 fans.

The first Jagger/Richards composition to reach number 1 on the UK singles charts was "The Last Time" (released in February 1965); it went to number 5 in the US. Their first international number-1 hit was "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", recorded in May 1965 during the band's third North American tour. Released as a US single in June 1965, it spent four weeks at the top of the charts there, and established the Stones as a worldwide premier act, it also remains perhaps the most famous song in its remarkable canon. The US version of the LP Out of Our Heads (released in July 1965) also went to number 1; it included seven original songs (three Jagger/Richards numbers and four credited to Nanker Phelge). Their second international number-1 single, "Get Off of My Cloud" was released in the autumn of 1965, followed by another US-only LP: December's Children.

The release Aftermath (UK number 1; US 2) on July 7, 1966 was the first Rolling Stones album to be composed entirely of Jagger/Richards songs. Jones' contribution was also at its all time height, with his command of exotic instruments greatly adding to the band's sound. The American version of the LP included the chart-topping, Middle Eastern-influenced "Paint It, Black", the ballad "Lady Jane", and the almost 12-minute long "Going Home", the first extended jam on a top selling rock & roll album; later Jimi Hendrix, Cream and other sixties and seventies bands would release long jams routinely. Although its impact was minimized by the simultaneous release of the Beatles’ Revolver and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde.

January 1967 saw the release of Between the Buttons (UK number 3; US 2); the album was Andrew Oldham's last venture as The Rolling Stones' producer (his role as the band's manager had been taken over by Allen Klein in 1965). The US version included the double A-side single "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Ruby Tuesday". When the band went to New York to perform the numbers on The Ed Sullivan Show, Jagger changed the lyrics in the refrain to "let's spend some time together" to avoid having their appearance on the show cancelled. Some claimed that the line was censored; others that Jagger actually sang "Let’s spend some time together"; Jagger later said: "When it came to that line, I sang mumble".

In February 1967, Jagger and Richards were arrested and charged with drug possession after a highly-publicised raid on Richards' country house 'Redlands', during which it was alleged that Jagger's girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull was found naked except for a fur rug wrapped around her. The raid was later revealed to have been prompted by a tip-off to the London Drug Squad by journalists working for the "News of the World", a British tabloid newspaper published every Sunday, which at the time was running a series of lurid reports about the alleged use of illegal drugs by British pop stars.

In one of these reports, Jagger was alleged to have spent an evening at a London club in the company of a journalist, during which he openly discussed his drug-taking and invited others back to his flat "for a smoke". When the report was published, it became obvious that the hapless journalist had mistaken Brian Jones for Jagger – whereupon the latter promptly sued the paper News of the World for defamation.

However this legal action was stymied by his and Richards' subsequent arrest. The trial made front-page news around the world. Despite Jagger claiming that the pills allegedly found in his possession had been prescribed to him, both were found guilty.

Richards said in 2003: "When we got busted at Redlands, it suddenly made us realise that this was a whole different ball game and that was when the fun stopped. Up until then it had been as though London existed in a beautiful space where you could do anything you wanted."

In March, while awaiting the consequences of the police raid, Jagger, Richards and Jones decided to take a short trip to Morocco, accompanied by Marianne Faithfull, Jones' girlfriend Anita Pallenberg and other friends.

Despite these complications, The Rolling Stones toured Europe in March and April of 1967. The tour included the band's first performances in Poland, Greece (coinciding with the April, 67 coup in Greece) and Italy.

On May 9, 1967 - on the same day Jagger and Richards were arraigned in connection with the Redlands charges - Brian Jones was arrested for possession of cannabis. With three out of five Rolling Stones now facing criminal charges, Jagger and Richards were tried at the end of June.

Jagger and Richards were given three months for possession of four over-the-counter pep pills he had purchased in Italy. They were released on bail the following day pending appeal. "The Times", a daily national newspaper published in the United Kingdom, ran an editorial entitled "Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?" criticising the sentences. The editorial, highly critical of the court's decision, is thought to have contributed to the success of Jagger's and Richards' appeal against the sentences. It concluded "If we are going to make any case a symbol of the conflict between the sound traditional values of Britain and the new hedonism, then we must be sure that the sound traditional values include those of tolerance and equity. It should be the particular quality of British justice to ensure that Mr. Jagger is treated exactly the same as anyone else, no better and no worse. There must remain a suspicion in this case that Mr. Jagger received a more severe sentence than would have been thought proper for any purely anonymous young man."

While awaiting the appeal hearings, the band recorded a new single, "We Love You", as a thank-you for the loyalty shown by their fans. It began with the sound of prison doors closing, and the accompanying music video included allusions to the trial of Oscar Wilde.

In July, the appeals court overturned Richards' conviction, and Jagger's sentence was reduced to a conditional discharge, though the other person arrested with them, noted London art dealer Robert Fraser, served six months.

Brian Jones' trial took place in November 1967; in December, after appealing the original prison sentence, Jones was fined £1000, put on three years' probation and ordered to seek professional help.

It was during this period that Jagger took over as the effective leader of The Rolling Stones, as founder Brian Jones became more and more incapacitated by his spiralling drug use.

The Stones temporarily withdrew from public appearances; Jagger and his girlfriend, singer Marianne Faithfull, went to India with the Beatles to meet the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Stones’ next single release didn’t appear until the fall: the Number 14 "Dandelion." Its B side, "We Love You" (Number 50), on which John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backup vocals, was intended as a thank-you to fans.

December 1967 also saw the release of "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (UK number 3; US 2), released shortly after The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". "Satanic Majesties" had been recorded in difficult circumstances while Jagger, Richards and Jones were dealing with their court cases. The band parted ways with producer Andrew Oldham during the sessions. The split was amicable, at least publicly; but in 2003 Jagger said: "The reason Andrew left was because he thought that we weren't concentrating and that we were being childish. It was not a great moment really - and I would have thought it wasn't a great moment for Andrew either. There were a lot of distractions and you always need someone to focus you at that point, that was Andrew's job."

"Satanic Majesties" thus became the first album The Rolling Stones produced on their own. It was also the first of their albums released in identical versions on both sides of the Atlantic. Its psychedelic sound was complemented by the cover art, which featured a 3D photo by Michael Cooper, who had also photographed the cover of Sgt. Pepper's. Bill Wyman wrote and sang a track on the album: "In Another Land", which was also released as the first The Rolling Stones single featuring lead vocals other than Jagger's.

The band spent the first few months of 1968 working on material for their next album. Those sessions resulted in the song "Jumpin' Jack Flash", released as a single in May, and later that year the resulting album, "Beggars Banquet" (UK number 3; US 5), marked the band's return to their blues roots with new producer Jimmy Miller. Featuring the album's lead single, "Street Fighting Man", and the opening track "Sympathy for the Devil", "Beggars Banquet" is another eclectic mix of country and blues-inspired tunes, and was hailed as an achievement for the Stones at the time of release. On the musical evolution between albums, Richards said: "There is a change between material on Satanic Majesties and Beggars Banquet. I'd grown sick to death of the whole Maharishi guru shit and the beads and bells. Who knows where these things come from, but I guess [the music] was a reaction to what we'd done in our time off and also that severe dose of reality. A spell in prison will certainly give you room for thought I was fucking pissed with being busted. So it was, 'Right we'll go and strip this thing down.' There's a lot of anger in the music from that period."

In 1968 Jagger also inaugurated his acting career, with Donald Cammel's and Nicolas Roeg's "Performance", a British film made in 1968 but not released until 1970. On its release the film received mixed reviews. Most reviewers focused on the graphic sexual elements. One reviewer (Richard Schickel) described it as "the most completely worthless film I have seen since I began reviewing." Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, Performance gradually acquired a cult following on the late night and repertory cinema circuits. By the 1990s the film had undergone a complete critical reappraisal. In 1995 Performance appeared at number 28 in an "all-time greats" poll of critics and directors. After Cammell's death in 1996 the film's reputation grew still further. It is now frequently cited as a classic of British cinema. When Performance was released, several aspects of the film were extremely innovative, and historically it can be seen as a precursor to MTV type music videos and many popular movies of the 1990s and 2000s. This movie has a soundtrack with Mick Jagger, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, The Last Poets, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Merry Clayton.

At the end of 1968 saw the filming of "The Rolling Stones' Rock N' Roll Circus". It featured John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Dirty Mac Band, The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithful, and Taj Mahal. An amazing time capsule of that moment of the sixties, it was shelved 28 years until being officially released in 1996. The Rolling Stones were disappointed with their performance having to play early in the deep morning hours of the night. A rumor exists the group thought of offering it to The Who and change the name to 'The Who's Rock -n- Roll Circus'.

By the release of Beggars Banquet, Brian Jones was troubled and contributing only sporadically to the band. Jagger said that Jones was "not psychologically suited to this way of life". His drug use had become a hindrance, and he was unable to obtain a US visa. Richards reported that, in a June meeting with Jagger, Richards, and Watts at Jones' house, Jones admitted that he was unable to "go on the road again". According to Richards, all agreed to let Jones "say I've left, and if I want to I can come back". His replacement was the 20-year-old guitarist Mick Taylor, of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, who started recording with the band immediately. On July 3, 1969, less than a month later, Jones drowned in the pool at his "Cotchford Farm" home in Sussex.

The Rolling Stones were scheduled to play at a free concert in London's Hyde Park two days after Brian Jones' death; they decided to proceed with the show as a tribute to Jones. Their first concert with Mick Taylor was performed in front of an estimated 250,000 fans. The performance was filmed by a Granada Television production team, to be shown on British television as Stones in the Park. Jagger read an excerpt from Percy Bysshe Shelley's elegy Adonais and released thousands of butterflies in memory of Jones. The show included the concert debut of "Honky Tonk Women", which the band had just released. Their stage manager Sam Cutler introduced them as "the greatest rock & roll band in the world" - a description he repeated throughout their 1969 US tour, and which has stuck to this day. By this time, every Stones album went gold in short order, and Let It Bleed (a sardonic reply to the Beatles’ soon-to-be-released Let It Be) was no exception. "Gimme Shelter" received constant airplay. Jones appeared on most of the album’s tracks, though Taylor also made his first on-disc appearances.

In 1970 Mick Jagger starred his second film, "Ned Kelly". It was the second Australian feature film version of the story of 19th century Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. The film was directed by Tony Richardson and starred Mick Jagger in the title role and Scottish-born actor Mark McManus as Joe Byrne. It was a British production, but was filmed entirely in Australia, and shot mostly around Braidwood in southern New South Wales, with a largely Australian supporting cast.

The making of the film was dogged by problems. Even before production began, descendants of Ned Kelly and Actors' Equity protested strongly about the casting of Jagger in the lead role, and about the film's proposed shooting location in country NSW, rather than in Victoria, where the Kellys had lived.

Jagger's girlfriend of the time, Marianne Faithfull had come to Australia to play the lead female role (Ned's sister, Maggie), but the Jagger-Faithfull relationship was breaking up and she took an overdose of sleeping tablets soon after arrival in Sydney. She was hospitalised in a coma but recovered and was sent home. She was replaced by a then-unknown Australian actress, Diane Craig. During production Jagger was slightly injured by a backfiring pistol, the cast and crew were dogged by illness, a number of costumes were destroyed by fire, and Jagger's co-star Mark McManus narrowly escaped serious injury when a horse-drawn cart in which he was riding overturned during filming.

The actual body armour costume worn by Jagger is on display at the Queanbeyan City Library, NSW and the initials MJ are scratched on the inside.

The soundtrack features music composed by Shel Silverstein and performed by Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, and one solo track by Jagger.

It must be also mentioned that Jagger composed an improvised soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's film "Invocation Of My Demon Brother" on the moog synthesizer in 1969.

After going to Australia to star in the film Ned Kelly, Jagger rejoined the band for the start of its hugely successful 1969 American tour, the band’s first U.S. trip in three years. But the Stones’ Satanic image came to haunt them at a free thank-you-America concert at California’s Altamont Speedway. In the darkness just in front of the stage, a young black man, Meredith Hunter, was stabbed to death by members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, whom the Stones — on advice of the Grateful Dead — had hired to provide security for the event. The incident was captured on film by the Maysles brothers in their feature-length documentary Gimme Shelter. Public outcry that "Sympathy for the Devil" (which they had performed earlier in the show; they were playing "Under My Thumb" when the murder occurred) had in some way incited the violence led the Stones to drop the tune from their stage shows for the next six years.

After another spell of inactivity, the Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! live album was released in the fall of 1970 and went platinum.

In 1970 the band's contracts with both Allen Klein and Decca Records ended, and amid contractual disputes with Klein, they formed their own record company, Rolling Stones Records, Jagger took control of their business affairs and has managed them ever since in collaboration with his friend and colleague, Rupert Löwenstein. "Sticky Fingers" (UK number 1; US 1), released in March 1971, was the band's first album on their own label. The album contains one of their best known hits, "Brown Sugar", and the country-influenced "Wild Horses". Both were recorded at Alabama's Muscle Shoals Sound Studio during the 1969 American tour.

Following the release of "Sticky Fingers", The Rolling Stones left England on the advice of financial advisors. The band moved to the South of France where Richards rented the "Villa Nellcôte", and sublet rooms to band members and entourage. Using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, they held recording sessions in the basement; they completed the resulting tracks, along with material dating as far back as 1969, at Sunset Studios in Los Angeles. The resulting double album, "Exile on Main St". (UK number 1; US 1), was released in May 1972. Given an A+ grade by critic Robert Christgau and disparaged by Lester Bangs — who reversed his opinion within months —Exile is now accepted as one of the Stones' best albums. The films Cocksucker Blues (never officially released) and Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (released in 1974) document the subsequent highly publicised 1972 North American ("STP") Tour, with its retinue of jet set hangers-on.

Mick Jagger has become well known over the years for his high profile and often infamous relationships, such as the one with singer/actress Marianne Faithfull in the mid-60s. He has seven children by four different women, and has been the subject of many scandals and affairs over the years.

As well as having several official and public relationships, Jagger has been linked to Sophie Dahl, Carly Simon, Uma Thurman, Helmut Berger, and Angela Bowie. Mick Jagger's first child was born when he was 27. The mother, fellow singer Marsha Hunt, gave birth to daughter Karis Jagger on November 4, 1970. The couple were not married and did not remain together for long after the birth as Jagger became acquainted with activist Bianca Moreno de Macias.

In May 1971, Jagger married de Macias, later known as Bianca Jagger. Bianca, born in Managua, Nicaragua, in 1945, was a social and political activist who had studied political science and French Literature, and was virtually unknown before her marriage to Jagger. Later that same year, Bianca gave birth to her first child and Jagger's second. Jade Jagger, born on October 21, 1971, lived with her parents in London. With Bianca, Jagger entered the world of high international celebrity, as evidenced by the jet set hangers-on to their 1972 American Tour and afterwards. Mick and Bianca separated in 1979 and divorced in 1980.

Though many interpreted Jagger’s acceptance into high society as yet another sign that rock was dead, or that at least the Stones had lost their spark, Exile on Main Street (Number One, 1972), a double album, was another critically acclaimed hit, yielding "Tumbling Dice" (Number Seven) and "Happy" (Number 22). By this time the Stones were touring the U.S. once every three years.

In November 1972, the band began sessions in Kingston, Jamaica, for their follow-up to "Exile", "Goats Head Soup" (UK 1; US 1) (1973). The album spawned the worldwide hit "Angie", but proved the first in a string of commercially successful but tepidly received studio albums. The sessions for Goats Head Soup led to a number of outtakes, most notably an early version of the popular ballad "Waiting on a Friend", not released until Tattoo You eight years later.

On July 18, 1972 Mick Jagger was arrested in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA when a fight broke out between the Rolling Stone's entourage and a photographer in 1972. He was arrested for assault and obstruction of police. The charges were eventually dropped but Mick Jagger was forced to plead guilty before being released. All the Rolling Stones were arrested and the incident caused a four-hour delay of their concert in Boston that night.

The making of the record was interrupted by another legal battle over drugs, dating back to their stay in France; a warrant for Richards' arrest had been issued, and the other band members had to return briefly to France for questioning. This, along with Jagger's convictions on drug charges (in 1967 and 1970[60]), also complicated the band's plans for their Pacific tour in early 1973: they were denied permission to play in Japan and almost banned from Australia. This was followed by a European tour (bypassing France) in September/October 1973 - prior to which Richards had been arrested once more on drug charges, this time in England.

The band went to "Musicland Studios" in Munich to record their next album, 1974's "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" (UK 2; US 1), but Jimmy Miller, who had drug abuse issues, was no longer producer. Instead, Jagger and Richards assumed production duties and were credited as "the Glimmer Twins". Both the album and the single of the same name were hits.

Jagger and Richards adopted the nickname "The Glimmer Twins" after a vacation cruise they took to Brazil in 1969 with their then-girlfriends, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg. During several meals, an older English couple ate at the same table as the rock stars and kept asking Richards and Jagger who they were. When they refused to reveal their identities, reportedly, the older couple kept asking, "just give us a glimmer" (as in "give us a hint to your true names"), for the couple did vaguely recognize the men from television and tabloids. Jagger and Richards were so amused by this recurrent request, they began to call themselves the 'Glimmer Twins' when producing Rolling Stones records.

Nearing the end of 1974, Taylor began to get impatient. The band's situation made normal functioning complicated, with band members living in different countries and legal barriers restricting where they could tour. At the same time, Richards' drug use was affecting his creativity and productivity, while Taylor felt some of his own creative contributions were going unrecognized. At the end of 1974, with a recording session already booked in Munich to record another album, Taylor quit The Rolling Stones. Taylor said in 1980, "I was getting a bit fed up. I wanted to broaden my scope as a guitarist and do something else. I wasn't really composing songs or writing at that time. I was just beginning to write, and that influenced my decision. There are some people who can just ride along from crest to crest; they can ride along somebody else's success. And there are some people for whom that's not enough. It really wasn't enough for me."

The Stones used the recording sessions in Munich to audition replacements for Taylor. Guitarists as stylistically far-flung as Humble Pie lead Peter Frampton and ex-Yardbirds virtuoso Jeff Beck were auditioned. Rory Gallagher and Shuggie Otis also dropped by the Munich sessions. American session players Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel also appeared on much of the album. Yet Richards and Jagger also wanted the Stones to remain purely a British band. When Ron Wood walked in and jammed with the band, Richards and everyone else knew he was the one. Wood had already recorded and played live with Richards, and had contributed to the recording and writing of the track "It's Only Rock 'n Roll". The album, Black and Blue (UK 2; US 1) (1976), featured all their contributions. Though he had earlier declined Jagger's offer to join the Stones, because of his ties to the The Faces, Wood committed to the Stones in 1975 for their upcoming Tour of the Americas. He joined officially the following year, as the Faces dissolved; however, Wood remained on salary until Wyman's departure nearly two decades later, when he finally became a full member of the Rolling Stones' partnership.

The 1975 Tour of the Americas kicked off with the band performing on a flatbed trailer being pulled down Broadway in New York City. The tour featured stage props including a giant phallus and a rope on which Jagger swung out over the audience.

Jagger had booked a live recording session at the El Mocambo club in Toronto to balance a long-overdue live album, 1977's "Love You Live" (UK 3; US 5), the first Stones live album since 1970's "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!". Richards' addiction to heroin delayed his arrival in Toronto; the other members had already assembled, awaiting Richards, and sent him a telegram asking him where he was.

On February 24, 1977, Richards and his family flew in from London on a direct flight and were detained by Canada Customs after Richards was found in possession of a burnt spoon and hash residue. On March 4, Richards' partner Anita Pallenberg pled guilty to drug possession and was fined for the original airport event. On Sunday, 27 February, after two days of Stones rehearsals, armed with an arrest warrant for Pallenberg, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police discovered "22 grams of heroin" in Richards' room. Richards was charged with importing narcotics into Canada, which carried a minimum seven-year sentence upon conviction. Later the Crown prosecutor conceded that Richards had procured the drugs after arrival. Despite the arrest, the band played two shows in Toronto, only to raise more controversy when Margaret Trudeau, the former wife of Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada; was seen partying with the band after the show.

These two shows were kept secret from the public and the El Mocambo had been booked for the entire week by April Wine for a recording session. A local radio station ran a contest for free tickets to see April Wine and the winners were allowed to pick a night to see the band. The winners that picked tickets for the Friday or Saturday night were surprised to find that the Stones were playing.

The drug case dragged on for over a year until Richards received a suspended sentence and was ordered to play two free concerts for the CNIB in Oshawa, Ontario; both shows were played by the Rolling Stones and The New Barbarians, a group that Wood had put together to promote his latest solo album, and which Richards also joined. This episode motivated Richards' resolve to end his drug habit. It also coincided with the end of his relationship with Pallenberg, which had become strained since the death of their third child (an infant son named Tara) and her inability to curb her heroin addiction while Keith struggled to get clean. While Richards was settling his legal and personal problems, Jagger continued his jet-set lifestyle. He was a regular at New York's Studio 54 disco club, often in the company of model Jerry Hall. His marriage to Bianca Jagger ended in 1977.

In 1978 Jagger appeared in cameo of "The Rutles", a spin-off film of "All You Need Is Cash", where he played himself.

Although The Rolling Stones remained popular through the first half of the 1970s, music critics had grown increasingly dismissive of the band's output, and record sales failed to meet expectations. By the late 70s, punk rock had become influential, and the Stones were criticised as decadent, aging millionaires, and their music considered by many to be stagnant or irrelevant. This changed in 1978, when the band released "Some Girls" (UK #2; US #1), which included the hit single "Miss You", the country ballad "Far Away Eyes", "Beast of Burden", and "Shattered". In part a response to punk, many songs were fast, basic, guitar-driven rock and roll. The album's success re-established the Stones' immense popularity among young people; the band guested on the first show of the fourth season of the TV series "Saturday Night Live". After the US Tour 1978, the group did not tour Europe the following year, breaking the routine of touring Europe every three years that the band had followed since 1967. The ethnic-stereotype lyrics of the title song from "Some Girls" provoked public protest (the last outcry had been in 1976 over Black and Blue’s battered-woman advertising campaign).

Entering the 1980s on a renewed commercial high with the success of "Some Girls", the band released their next album "Emotional Rescue" (UK 1; US 1) in mid-1980. The recording of the album was reportedly plagued by turmoil, with Jagger and Richards' relationship reaching a new low. Richards, more sober than during the previous ten years, began to assert more control in the studio — more than Jagger had become used to — and a struggle ensued as Richards felt he was fighting for "his half of the Glimmer Twins." Though Emotional Rescue hit the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, it was panned as lacklustre and inconsistent. Some felt it was a poor imitation of its predecessor.

In early 1981, the group reconvened and decided to tour the US that year, leaving little time to write and record a new album, as well as rehearse for the tour. That year's resulting album, "Tattoo You" (UK 2; US 1) featured a number of outtakes, including lead single "Start Me Up". In 1981 Tattoo You was Number One for nine weeks. Two songs ("Waiting on a Friend" and "Tops") featured Mick Taylor's guitar playing, while jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins played on "Slave" and dubbed a part on "Waiting on a Friend". The Stones' American Tour 1981 was their biggest, longest and most colourful production to date, with the band playing from September 25, 1981 through December 19, 1981. It was the highest grossing tour of that year. Some shows were recorded, resulting in the 1982 live album "Still Life" (American Concert 1981) (UK 4; US 5), and the 1983 Hal Ashby concert film Let's Spend the Night Together, which was filmed at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona and the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands, New Jersey.

In mid-1982, to commemorate their 20th anniversary, the Stones took their American stage show to Europe. The European Tour 1982 was their first European tour in six years. The tour was essentially a carbon copy of the 1981 American tour. For the tour, the band were joined by former Allman Brothers Band piano player Chuck Leavell, who continues to play and record with the Stones. By the end of the year, the band had signed a new four-album, 28 million dollar recording deal with a new label, CBS Records.

Jagger's multiple career:

Through the ’80s the group became more an institution than an influential force.

In 1982 Jagger was cast as Wilbur, a main character in Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo". However a delay and the illness of main actor Jason Robards in the film's notoriously difficult production resulted in his being unable to continue due to schedule conflicts with a band tour; some of the footage of his work is shown in the documentary "Burden of Dreams". Herzog dropped Jagger's character from the script and reshot the film from the beginning.

Before leaving Atlantic, the Stones released Undercover (UK 3; US 4) in late 1983. Despite good reviews the record sold below expectations and there was no tour to support it. Subsequently the Stones' new marketer/distributor CBS Records took over distributing the Stone's Atlantic catalogue.

By this time, the Jagger/Richards split was growing. Jagger had signed a solo deal with CBS to be distributed by Columbia, much to the consternation of Richards. Jagger spent much of 1984 writing songs for his first solo effort and, as he admitted, he began to feel stultified within the framework of the Rolling Stones. By 1985, Jagger was spending more time on solo recordings, and much of the material on 1986's "Dirty Work" (UK 4; US 4) was generated by Keith Richards, with more contributions by Ron Wood than on previous Rolling Stones albums. Rumours surfaced that Jagger and Richards were rarely, if ever, in the studio at the same time, leaving Richards to keep the recording sessions moving forward.

In December 1985, the band's co-founder, pianist, road manager and long-time friend Ian Stewart died of a heart attack. The Rolling Stones played a private tribute concert for him at London's 100 Club in February 1986, two days before they were presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Dirty Work" came out in March 1986 to mixed reviews; Jagger refused to tour to promote the album, stating later that several band members were in no condition to tour. Richards was infuriated when Jagger instead undertook his own solo tour; he has referred to this period in his relations with Jagger as "World War III". Jagger's solo records, "She's The Boss" (UK 6; US 13) (1985) and "Primitive Cool" (UK 26; US 41) (1987), met with moderate success, although Richards disparaged both.

In early 1989, The Rolling Stones, including Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart (posthumously), were inducted into the "American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Jagger and Richards appeared to have set animosities aside, and The Rolling Stones went to work on the album that would be called Steel Wheels (UK 2; US 3). Heralded as a return to form, it included the singles "Mixed Emotions", "Rock and a Hard Place" and "Almost Hear You Sigh". The album also included "Continental Drift", recorded in Tangier in 1989 with Bachir Attar and the Master Musicians of Jajouka, whom Brian Jones had recorded in 1968.

The subsequent Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tours, encompassing North America, Japan and Europe, saw the Rolling Stones touring for the first time in seven years (since Europe 1982), and it was their biggest stage production to date. Opening acts included Living Colour and Guns N' Roses; the onstage personnel included a horn section and backup singers Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler, both of whom continue to tour regularly with the Rolling Stones. Recordings from the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tours produced the 1991 concert album Flashpoint (UK 6; US 16), which also included two studio tracks recorded in 1991: the single "Highwire" and "Sex Drive".

These were the last Rolling Stones tours for Bill Wyman, who left the band after years of deliberation, although his retirement was not made official until 1993.

After he separated from Bianca Jagger, Jagger was rumored to be having an affair with Texan supermodel Jerry Hall in the early 1980s. Jerry Hall was rumoured to be the 'other woman' who broke up the marriage between Mick and Bianca. These rumours were confirmed in 1984 when Hall gave birth to the couple's first child - Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger. Elizabeth was born on March 2, 1984, in London and became known as 'Lizzy'. The birth of their child became headline news as Jerry Hall was engaged to singer Bryan Ferry at the time. Hall had appeared on several of his album covers, and they had planned to marry. After this, Hall became Jagger's companion and Ferry wrote the song "Cry, Cry, Cry" about her. Partners Hall and Jagger then had their second child together, James Leroy Augustin Jagger in 1985. It was also this year that Jagger famously claimed that marrying Hall would give him 'claustrophobia'. However, despite this claim the two were married in 1990 while holidaying in Bali. This marriage has since been disputed since it was not properly conducted and may not have been legally valid. Nevertheless, Jagger and Hall soon after had a third child together - Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger. Their youngest child, son Gabriel Luke Beauregard was born in 1997. Jerry Hall separated from Mick Jagger in 1999 after model Luciana Gimenez claimed she was pregnant with Jagger's child. She further filed for divorce when a DNA test proved this to be true. It had been rumored an affair took place between the two earlier although nothing had come of it. Luciana and Jagger's son Lucas Jagger was born in 1999.

While attempting to divorce Mick Jagger, it was found that Jerry Hall had never actually been married to Jagger at all. Their Hindu wedding on a beach in Bali was, in fact, not recognised under English Law - therefore eliminating the possibility of divorce. Instead Hall had the marriage annulled in 1999, officially ending the 22-year partnership. To this day, Hall has maintained Mick Jagger is a good father and friend of hers. She has claimed he owns a flat next door and that they get along better than ever before. After their divorce, Jagger did not continue a relationship with Gimenez, but he did continue to support her and see his son. She lives with her son in New York and Brazil.

In the 90s Jagger developed a reputation for playing the heavy in films including Freejack (1992), Bent (1997), and The Man From Elysian Fields (2002).

Freejack is a 1992 science fiction film directed by Geoff Murphy. In this film Jagger co-starred with Emilio Estevez, Rene Russo, Jonathan Banks, and Anthony Hopkins. The film was R-rated in the United States and received disappointing reviews despite an acclaimed cast and the novel concept. In this film Jagger played Victor Vacendak, a hardened security officer who tries to recapture Furlong, the character played by Emilio Estevez.

In 1995, Mick Jagger founded Jagged Films with Victoria Pearman, "to start my own projects instead of just going in other people's and being involved peripherally or doing music".

After the successes of the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tours, the band took a break. Mick Jagger got good reviews and sales with his third solo album, Wandering Spirit (UK 12; US 11). The album sold more than two million copies worldwide, going gold in the US.

After Wyman's departure, the Stones' new distributor/record label, Virgin Records, remastered and repackaged the band's back catalogue from Sticky Fingers to Steel Wheels, except for the three live albums, and issued another hits compilation in 1993 entitled "Jump Back" (UK 16; US 30). By 1993 the Stones set upon their next studio album. Darryl Jones, former sideman of Miles Davis and Sting, was chosen by Charlie Watts as Wyman's replacement for 1994's "Voodoo Lounge" (UK 1; US 2). The album met strong reviews and sales, going double platinum in the US. Reviewers took note of the album's "traditionalist" sounds, which were credited to the Stones' new producer Don Was. It would go on to win the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

The year 1994 also brought the accompanying "Voodoo Lounge Tour", which lasted into 1995. Numbers from various concerts and rehearsals (mostly acoustic) made up Stripped (UK 9; US 9), which featured a cover of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone", as well as infrequently played songs like "Shine a Light", "Sweet Virginia" and "The Spider and the Fly".

The Rolling Stones ended the 1990s with the album "Bridges To Babylon" (UK 6; US 3), released in 1997 to mixed reviews. The video of the single "Anybody Seen My Baby?" featured Angelina Jolie as guest and met steady rotation on both MTV and VH1. Sales were reasonably equivalent to those of previous records (about 1.2 million copies sold in the US), and the subsequent "Bridges to Babylon Tour", which crossed Europe, North America and other destinations around the world, proved the band to be a strong live attraction.

Once again, a live album was culled from the tour, "No Security" (UK 67; US 34), only this time all but two songs ("Live With Me" and "The Last Time") were previously unreleased on live albums. In 1999, the Stones staged the "No Security Tour" in the US and continued the "Bridges to Babylon" tour in Europe. The "No Security Tour" offered a stripped-down production in contrast to the pyrotechnics and mammoth stages of other recent tours.

In 1990, five years after David Bowie and Mick Jagger covered the hit song "Dancing In the Streets", Bowie's ex-wfe Angela claimed on The Joan Rivers Show that she had caught the two men sleeping together. Angela implied the two had a sexual relationship and that they were both bisexual. After the claim, both David Bowie and his lawyers denied the rumor in an official statement. Jagger dismissed the rumour as "complete rubbish". Angela has been accused of fabricating the story in advance of her gag order ending, which was shortly before the Rivers show. However, to this day she maintains that the two were in bed together. She has confirmed she did not see any sexual interaction but states that she knew "in her heart".

The new millenium:

In 2000 "Satisfaction" topped a VH1 Poll of 100 Greatest Rock Songs.

On May 18, 2000; Micks Mother Eva died at 87 after receiving treatment for a heart condition. At the time Mick was at the Cannes Film Festival in France, so he flew back to the UK to be with his father Joe. She died at the Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon, London, where she had been seriously ill for a month. During this time Mick had made frequent visits to the hopital to be by her bedside with brother Chris and other members of his family. Eva was last seen in public in March, 2000, when she and Joe, accompanied Mick on a visit to his old school in Dartford, Kent to open a £2.5 millions community arts centre. She once said of him in an interview: "People are always asking what it's like to have a famous son. The answer is simple - to me he's just a son. I don't think of him as a star."

In late 2001, Mick Jagger released his fourth solo album, "Goddess" in the Doorway (UK 44; US 39) which met with mixed reviews. Jagger and Richards took part in "The Concert for New York City", performing "Salt of the Earth" and "Miss You" with a backing band.

In 2001 Mick's Jagged Films released first production, which was the World War II drama "Enigma". This film stars Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet and is based on the novel Enigma by Robert Harris. The story takes place in March 1943 with the Second World War at its height and is loosely based on actual events. The cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park, England, have a problem: the Nazi U-boats have increased the security of key-changing of their Enigma machine ciphers, leading to a blackout in the flow of naval vital signals intelligence. This could spell disaster in the critical Battle of the Atlantic, on whose outcome Britain's survival depends. The British cryptanalysts have cracked the "shark" cipher before, and they need to do it again in order to keep track of U-boat locations and steer shipping convoys out of their way.

In "Enigma" Mick, besides being a co-producer (with Lorne Michaels), he made a cameo appearance as a soldier in a bar. He also lent the film's design department a four-rotor Enigma encoding machine he owned – to ensure the historical accuracy of one of the props.

That same year, it produced a documentary on Jagger entitled "Being Mick". The program, which first aired on television, November 22, 2001; coincided with the release of "Goddess in the Doorway".

"Being Mick" is a 2001 television movie which chronicles the life of Mick Jagger for one year. Much of the film was filmed by Mick using a handheld camera. The film documents his recording of the "Goddess in the Doorway" album, as well as daily life including his family and friends. In the film, Mick attends a charity fundraiser hosted by Elton John as well as the premiere of the Kate Winslet film Enigma, which Jagger's company produced.

The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and Jim Gable and produced by Victoria Pearman. Following its television debut, the film was released on DVD on May 21, 2002.

At the post-9-11 "Concert for New York City," held at Madison Square Garden on October 21, 2001, Jagger, Richards and a backing band performed "Salt of the Earth" and "Miss You."

On September 30, 2002, the band released "Forty Licks" (UK 2; US 2), a greatest hits double album, to mark their forty years as a band. The collection contained four new songs recorded with the latter-day core band of Jagger, Richards, Watts, Wood, Leavell and Jones. The album has sold close to 8 million units worldwide. In the United States alone, it is certified quadruple platinum. The same year, Q magazine named The Rolling Stones as one of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die".

After the release of "Forty Licks", the "Licks Tour" took place. It was a truly worldwide concert tour held during 2002 and 2003.

The itinerary continued the Stones practice of mixing theatre, arena, and stadium venues. With little new music to promote, set lists were dynamic.

Planned dates in East Asia and the final date of tour conclusion were both made hash of by worries from the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. Additionally, because Stones favourite city Toronto in Canada was also under siege from the outbreak, on July 30, 2003, the band headlined the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert, to help the city recover financially and psychologically from effects of the epidemic. It was attended by an estimated 490,000 people. Finally, on November 7 and November 9, 2003, the band played its first ever concerts in Hong Kong, as part of the Harbour Fest celebration, also for revival from SARS.

In November of 2003, the band exclusively licensed the right to sell their new four-DVD boxed set, Four Flicks, recorded on the band's most recent world tour, to the US Best Buy chain of stores. In response, some Canadian and US music retail chains (including HMV Canada and Circuit City) pulled Rolling Stones CDs and related merchandise from their shelves and replaced them with signs explaining the situation.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Stones No. 4 in its "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," just below the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

On November 1, 2004, a double live album of the "Licks Tour", "Live Licks" (UK 38; US 50), was released, going gold in the US.

On Jagger’s 62nd birthday, July 26, 2005, the Stones announced they were releasing a new album, "A Bigger Bang" (Number 3), followed by a tour. It was their first album in almost eight years, and released on September 6 to strong reviews, including a glowing write-up in the Rolling Stone magazine (noted for its consistent support of the group). The single, "Streets of Love" reached the Top 15 in UK and Europe. The album included a rare political song from Jagger, "Sweet Neo Con," which was stingingly critical of the Bush Administration’s post Iraq War tactics and included the line, "You say you are a patriot/I think that you’re a crock of shit."

The song was reportedly almost dropped from the album because of objections from Richards. When asked if he was afraid of political backlash such as the Dixie Chicks had endured for criticism of American involvement in the war in Iraq, Richards responded that the album came first, and that, "I don't want to be sidetracked by some little political 'storm in a teacup'."

The subsequent "A Bigger Bang Tour" began on August 21, 2005, and took the band from North and South America to Europe, Asia, Oceania and even the 2006 Super Bowl.

All rehearsals for the tour took place in Toronto, Canada - in a private school and, for the full stage rehearsals, at a hangar at Pearson International Airport.

The tour had its official start on August 21, 2005 with two shows at historic Fenway Park in Boston. The Stones' huge stage caused extensive damage to the outfield, so that approximately 40,000 square feet (4,000 m²) of sod had to be brought in to repair it, and a subsequent baseball game held at the park three days later had to be pushed back an hour to give the grounds crew more time to complete the repairs.

The tour has since played across 55 shows in North America, 4 shows in South America, 5 shows in Japan and one in China. The Rolling Stones have completed their South Pacific leg by playing at two destinations in both Australia and New Zealand.

While on the American leg of the tour, on February 5, 2006 the Stones played "Start Me Up", "Rough Justice" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at the halftime show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit. Before performing "Satisfaction," Jagger made an uncharacteristic comment on their longevity: "This one we could've done for Super Bowl I." Jagger was asked to leave out two sexually suggestive lyrics. The audio on his microphone was lowered twice for the two requested omissions, but Jagger did sing those lyrics. The Stones had earlier taken part in promotions throughout the entire NFL season using music from A Bigger Bang and footage from their supporting world tour.

The outstanding scale of the tour was realised on February 18, 2006 when the Rolling Stones played a one night concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The free concert was broadcast on television and broke several records as the largest rock concert of all time. There were a reported 2 million people present on the beach and crowding subsequent streets. A special tunnel was constructed for the band to cross from the stage to the hotel safely. Three days after the monstrous event, U2 played in São Paulo, and clearly affected by the huge night, ended their concert with the words, "I can't get no, satisfaction!" While the Guinness Book of World Records states the largest free concert ever was given in the same spot in 1994 by Rod Stewart, to 3.5 million people, that figure includes everyone who was on Copacabana Beach for fireworks and New Year's Eve celebrations, not just for that concert, so The Rolling Stones could hold the title of largest rock concert of all time. This show was recorded for exhibition on digital movie screens across the United States via Regal Cinemas and heard live on XM Radio. Additionally, the show was shown live on AOL Music in partnership with Network Live.

April 8 saw The Stones arrive in the People's Republic of China for their first-ever performance in the world's most populous country (performances planned in 2003 for the Licks Tour were canceled due to the SARS epidemic). The Chinese authorities required that the group not perform "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Women", "Beast of Burden", and "Let's Spend the Night Together", as they were considered to be "too suggestive."

After their April 18, 2006 performance in Wellington, New Zealand, The Rolling Stones took a one-month break before embarking on the European leg of their A Bigger Bang Tour. Mick Jagger remained in New Zealand to film a cameo in the sitcom "The Knights Of Prosperity." The show follows a group of misfits—the titular Knights—who attempt to rob various celebrities, the first being Mick Jagger. Later in the series, the attempt to rob his luxury apartment failed, and the team moved onto new targets. The series went through several name changes: the original title was Let's Rob Jeff Goldblum, later changed to Let's Rob Mick Jagger once Goldblum committed to the NBC drama Raines. ABC announced the series for its fall schedule as "Let's Rob..." in May, and the final name change to Knights was reported in July 2006.

The A Bigger Bang Tour restarted in Milan, Italy on July 11, 2006 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, with Mick Jagger singing an entire Italian translation of "As Tears Go By"; four of the first fifteen dates were rescheduled for later in the summer, with the rest of the dates taking place in the summer of 2007. As well as the first fifteen dates, two more dates were postponed due to Mick Jagger contracting laryngitis.

In mid-August 2007, several media sources reported that the band would quit touring at the end of their tour, and the last concert on the tour, in London on August 26, 2007, would be their last gig ever. Less than a week later, in an interview with "The Sun" newspaper guitarist Ronnie Wood said the band had no plans to quit and Mick Jagger also stated "I'm sure The Rolling Stones will do more things and more records and more tours."

The tour concluded with a record total gross of $558,255,524; the highest-grossing tour of all time. This surpassed the previous record of $377 million earned by U2 for their successful Vertigo Tour. The Stones also hold the record for third and fourth highest grossing tours with the Voodoo Lounge Tour and Bridges to Babylon Tour.

On 29 October and 1 November 2006, director Martin Scorsese filmed the Rolling Stones performing at New York City's Beacon Theater, in front of an audience that included Bill and Hillary Clinton, released as the 2008 film Shine a Light; the film also features guest appearances by Buddy Guy, Jack White and Christina Aguilera.

June 12, 2007 saw the release of the band's second four-disc DVD set: The Biggest Bang, a seven-hour document featuring their shows in Austin, Rio de Janeiro, Saitama, Shanghai and Buenos Aires, along with extras.

On November 12, 2007, the double compilation "Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones" (UK 26) was re-released for the Christmas season. As with the case of ABKCO Records and their history of unofficial releases, the actual band had nothing to do with the re-release of the compilation.

Shine a Light (UK 2; US 11), the soundtrack to the concert film of the same name, was released in April 2008. The album's debut at number 2 in the UK charts was the highest position for a Rolling Stones concert album since Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! in 1970.

In 2008, Mick's producing company "The Jagged" began work on "The Women", an adaptation of the George Cukor film of the same name. It is being directed by the American director, Diane English. Reviving the 1939 film has met with countless delays, but Jagger's company was credited with obtaining $24 million of much-needed financing to finally begin casting. "'This was much easier in 1939, when all the ladies were under contract," English told Entertainment Weekly, "and they had to take the roles they were told to."

His father Basil "Joe" Jagger died died from pneumonia on 11 November 2006 at the age of 93. At the time Mick was in North America, so he flew to England to spend some time with his father, but returned on November 13, 2006 in time for a show in Las Vegas. During the show he was unusually chatty on stage, but - as is his custom - he did not mention any personal matters.

Jagger's most recent romantic liaison was with former model L'Wren Scott. Rumors were rampant about whether Jagger intended to marry a third time when the American-born model was seen wearing a large ring on her hand.

Mick's Knighthood:

At age 60, despite having spent most of his life an icon of rock rebelliousness, Mick Jagger was knighted on 12 December 2003, for his "services to popular music". The dignity of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. The lack of fuss over his knighthood marked a shift in British attitudes since 1965, when some outraged dignitaries returned their medals in protest after the Beatles were made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Keith Richards dissented and said: "I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs from the establishment. It's not what the Stones is about, is it? I don't want to step out on stage with someone wearing a f.....g coronet and sporting the old ermine. I told Mick, it's a f.....g paltry honour."

Jagger laughed off the criticism from Richards. "I think he would probably like to get the same honor himself", Jagger said. "It's like being given an ice cream — one gets one and they all want one. It's nothing new. Keith likes to make a fuss."

Charlie Watts, engaging in a bit of hyperbole in According to the Rolling Stones, said, "Anybody else would be lynched: 18 wives and 20 children and he's knighted, fantastic!"

The announcement of Jagger's honor elicited a couple of angry letters to "The Daily Telegraph". A Canadian woman whose husband, mother and grandfather all received honors wrote: "By giving a knighthood to a rogue like Mick Jagger, the prime minister has denigrated all the worthy recipients of honors from Her Majesty the Queen."

Jagger sported a designer suit with leather lapels and black suede and leather sneakers for the formal investiture. He denied that he had betrayed his unconventional past, which epitomized the "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" lifestyle. He said: "I don't think the establishment as we knew it exists any more", he told reporters. "Honors are very nice, as long as you don't take it all too seriously".

As United Press International noted, the honour is odd, for unlike other knighted rock musicians, he has no "known record of charitable work or public services." Jagger also was missing in action at the Queen's Golden Jubilee pop concert at Buckingham Palace that marked her 50 years on the throne.

Jagger was knighted for Services to Music, as Sir Michael Jagger by Charles, Prince of Wales. Jagger’s father and daughters Karis and Elizabeth were in attendance.

Family History and ancestry:

Michael Philip Jagger's (Mick Jagger) father, Basil Fanshawe Jagger was born on April 6, 1913 to David Ernest Jagger and Harriet Fanshawe. Basil "Joe" Jagger, was physical education teacher who helped popularize basketball in Britain; he was also the host of a TV program in which his son Chris (Mick's brother) assisted him. As a fitness instructor he is partly responsible for his son's athletic prowess on stage. In 1940 he married Eva Ensley Mary Scutts, an Australian immigrant to England born on April 13, 1913; when he was working as a schoolteacher and Eva was a hairdresser. Despite she was born in Australia her family came from Kent, England, UK. Her father, Alfred Charles Scutts, was listed as a boat builder, a common profession in the Dartford area where so much history was linked to the sea and the docks.

Three years after the marriage, on July 26, 1943 their son Mick, was born.

Eva (Mick's mother) was the dominant force in the Jagger household and was held in high regard by Mick. Eva, an active member of the Conservative Party, followed her son's career closely, keeping an extensive scrapbook of pictures and cuttings, and once reprimanded Stones bassist Bill Wyman for making an incorrect statement in a book. Eva died on May 18th 2000 at age 86.

Basil "Joe" Jagger died from pneumonia at a hospital in Kingston, Surrey, on November 11, 2006 at age 93.

But now going further back, Basil's birth certificate reveals that his father, David Ernest Jagger (Mick's Grandfather), was a teacher and reveals the origins of Basil's middle name, because his mother was called Harriet Fanshawe before she married in 1908.

David Ernest Jagger was born in Whitehaven, Cumberland, in 1880 and at the time of the 1901 census he was living with his parents, David Jagger and Sidwell Elizabeth Jagger, at their home in Eckington, near Chesterfield. David Ernest, recorded as "Ernest D'' on the census return, was working as an assistant schoolmaster at the time and had two colleagues living in the house with him.

David Ernest was to become later a schoolmaster and he married a local Derbyshire girl Harriett Fanshawe Jagger in 1908. The couple later moved to Wickham Bishops, near Maldon in Essex, where David taught at a Church of England school. David Ernest and Harriett eventually retired to Blackpool where David died in 1954.

Yet the census revealed that David Ernest had a stepsister, Mary Hodge; that his mother was born in Cornwall; and that he himself was born in Whitehaven. This suggested that some family upheaval had taken place, which was confirmed by an examination of David senior's life. David Jagger, Mick's great-grandfather, was born in Morley, Yorkshire, in 1845 and his life is particularly interesting.

He married Sidwell Elizabeth Hodge in June 1879 and the certificate confirms that both parties had lost previous partners, which helped to explain the appearance of Mary Hodge in 1901, as well as David Ernest's half-brother, John Edwin Jagger, who was listed in the 1881 census aged nine. John Edwin was born on November 18, 1871.

Nine days later, his mother, Margaret Jagger, died following complications connected to her labour. She was only 22 years old and for the next eight years David brought his son up on his own. The couple had only been together a year.

Yet, unbelievably, David was listed on this document as a widower, which meant that this was the second time that he had lost a wife. Sure enough, further investigation revealed that David had previously married Emma Dobson, aged 22, in 1867 at the Whitehaven Register Office, and just over a year later she had died of tuberculosis. Its symptoms were a wasting away of the body and so David would have endured witnessing his wife's lingering death.

Further evidence suggests that his childhood was, even tougher. His father, John (Mick's great-great grandfather), was a grocer in Morley and it appears that his mother, Abigail, helped out in the shop, leaving little time to look after their children. Both were aged in their mid-40s at the time of the 1851 census and had their last two children late in life - David was only five at the time - and it seems as if they died soon afterwards.

When the 1861 census was taken, David and his brother, Edwin, were living as boarders with the Drake family in Bradford, with Edwin learning the trade of a printing compositor and David earning a living in a warehouse.

Their parents were not listed anywhere and further evidence for their demise is supported by the fact that the rest of the family were split up. The youngest son, Joseph, who was only 11 years old in 1861, was living in the household of his married sister, Ruth, in Bradford, along with another brother John. Quite how David Jagger survived these tribulations is a source of amazement, even in an age when death and disease claimed wives and mothers at a young age, especially during childbirth.

Not only did he bring up his son, find the courage to move on not once, but twice, raise another son and take on the responsibility of a stepdaughter, but he also changed professions from a printing compositor to the better-paid position of assurance agent. It is through his struggles to raise his family in adversity that David Ernest was provided with a platform to become a schoolteacher and move the family to Dartford.

David and Sidwell were married in 1879 and just a year later produced baby David Ernest, Mick’s grandfather. The couple were at the time living at Woodville Terrace, the row of houses just below the Castle View pub (The Stump), now known as High Road, together with children from past unions, John and Mary.

The family later moved to Eckington in Derbyshire and though David died there (in 1906) his body was brought back to Whitehaven to be buried. The cemetery records show David had died aged 59 and his occupation was given as journalist. His home address showed as 33 High Street, Eckington. The Jagger family were thought to be Wesleyan Methodists and David’s sandstone tombstone inscription reads I have set the Lord always before me.

David Jagger's parents were John Jagger (Mick's great-great grandfather) (1804-1872) and Abigail Scholes. John was also a clothier of Morley and in 1831 he married Abigail.

John Jagger's parents were Thomas Jagger and Sarah (Mick's great-great-great grandparents).

Mick Jagger's ancestors came from Morley a market town and civil parish within the metropolitan district of the City of Leeds, in West Yorkshire, England, UK. It is 5 miles (8.0 km) south-west of Leeds city centre.

Morley means "wood by a moor", from Old English mor "moor" + leah "wood, clearing". The name was recorded as Morelige in 1156. The -ley in the place name is typical of this section of West Yorkshire, alluding to a forest (now gone) that was around in medieval times.

Morley, mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as Morelege, Morelei and Moreleia, is traditionally famous for its textile industry, notably the cloth "Shoddy", which was worn by both sides in the American Civil War. Coincidentially Mick's ancestors in Morley worked on the aforementioned industry.

The Jagger family origins can be traced back to the days before the Norman Conquest in 1066 AD. Until the invention of the dictionary, the English language lacked any systematic rules of spelling, thus, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxons and later Anglo-Norman documents. So one person's name was ofter spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Jagger include Jagger, Jaggers and others.

The first Jaggers are found in the area of Yorkshire were they settled from early medieval times (between 5th and 9th century AD).

Probably of Anglian origins due to the large influx of these German people to the area during the 5th century AD. The Angles split up and founded the kingdoms of the Nord Angelnen (Northumbria), Ost Angelnen (East Anglia), and the Mittlere Angelnen (Mercia).

In Old-English Jagger means peddler, trader, carrier or carter. It has related surnames in areas of Germany and the Netherlands were the Angles originate from, in the southern Jutland peninsula (German-Danish border) and where the rest of the Angles who didn't migrated to Great Britain during 5th century AD remained.

All the above facts are evidences of the old nature of this surname or clear early medieval origins.


Trivia: 

The Simpsons episode Brother's Little Helper, first aired on October 3, 1999, is a pun on the "Mother's Little Helper" song title of the "Aftermath" album of the Rolling Stones, recorder in December 1965 and released on July 7, 1966. In the episode Bart Simpson is given Ritalin, which also references the "drugs content" of "Mother's Little Helper".

He has one brother, Chris Jagger, born on August 5, 1949; who is also a musician.

Mick has seven children: Karis Jagger (born in 1970; mother: Marsha Hunt), Jade Jagger (born in October 1971; mother: Bianca Jagger), Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger (model; born in 1984; mother: Jerry Hall), James Leroy Jagger (born in 1985; mother: Jerry Hall), Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger (born on January 12, 1992; mother: Jerry Hall), Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger (born on December 9, 1997; mother: Jerry Hall) and Lucas Morad Jagger (born on May 17, 1999; mother: Luciana Gimenez Morad).

His grand children from Jade Jagger, Assisi was born on July 3, 1992 and Amba was born in 1996.

Wrote the song "Angie" to David Bowie's ex-wife Angela Bowie after their break-up. They had a relationship while Angie and David were still married (this statement is false according to Angie Bowie in her book "Backstage Passes". She states that the song "Angie" was probably not about her),.

Attended London School of Economics.

Sang back-up vocals on the Carly Simon hit "You're So Vain." Jagger is more noticeable toward the end of the song when his accent comes through.

When he took his son to the school that he went to all the teachers were excited to see him but the kids just said "'Ere. It's that man that used to be in The Beatles."

Failed an audition for the F. Murray Abraham role in Amadeus (1984). A Clockwork Orange (1971) was conceived as a possible vehicle for The Rolling Stones with Jagger in the role as Alex.

Supposedly tried out for the role of Dr. Frank N' Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

The lyrics to the song "Wild Horses" are reported to have been written about Marianne Faithfull, who miscarried her and Jagger's child. It's also been said that Gram Parsons was the inspiration for that song.

Sang as a guest vocalist on The Jacksons's hit song "State of Shock" (1984).

Mick Jagger sang backround vocals on a few The Beatles songs, including All You Need Is Love and Baby You're a Rich Man.

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Rolling Stones (1989).

His personal fortune is an estimated GBP 215 million (slightly over U$S 400 millions).

11 May 2003: Voted the 83rd Worst Briton in Channel Four's poll of the 100 Worst Britons.

As a member of The Rolling Stones, he performed for over 500,000 people on July 30th, 2003 at Downsview Park in Toronto. Along with The Rolling Stones were AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, Rush, The Flaming Lips, Sam Roberts, etc. The concert was a benefit for the victims of SARS and to help out the Toronto economy. This was the biggest crowd The Rolling Stones have ever played for.

Attended Dartford Grammar School during from the mid to late 1950s, was said to have been president of the school photographic society so that he could be in possession of a set of keys to the school dark room. Ideal place to take girls during school dances!.

The North American leg of The Rolling Stones's 1994 Voodoo Lounge Tour was the most financially successful tour in the history of mankind.

In Knebworth, The Rolling Stones played to their single largest paying audience ever: 200,000 people attended the concert - however, they have played to larger audiences in free concerts (21 August 1976).

Was voted the 4th sexiest artist in music history in VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists (2002) (TV).

Has had nine US number one singles with The Rolling Stones; "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1965), "Get Off Of My Cloud" (1965), "19th Nervous Breakdown" (1966), "Paint It Black" (1966), "Ruby Tuesday" (1967), "Honky Tonk Women" (1969), "Brown Sugar" (1971), "Angie" (1973) and "Miss You" (1978).

Is the lead singer and Harmonica player of The Rolling Stones. In 1985 he signed a short-lived solo deal and shortly afterwards performed with Tina Turner at the Live Aid benefit concert in Philadelphia.

Singer and novelist Marsha A. Hunt is the mother of Jagger's first child, Karis Jagger, born 1970.

The Rolling Stones were voted the 4th Greatest Rock & Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.

Has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine twenty times. The first time was in 1968, and the last one (so far) was in 2005.

Shares a birthday with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Queen drummer Roger Taylor.

His 1971 smash hit "Brown Sugar" was written expressly for then lover Marsha A. Hunt

Became a tax exile of England (along with his band-mates) by living in France during the late 1960s to early 1970s.

Winner (with Keith Richards) of the Ivor Novello Special Award for Songwriting (2005).

Was a frequent guest at the infamous Studio 54.

Is portrayed by Luke de Woolfson in Stoned (2005).

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture (11 November 2004).

Is portrayed by Victor Norén in Wilde Leben, Das (2007).

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with fellow The Rolling Stones member Keith Richards (1993).

Is a big fan of The Beach Boys.

Stated on a British television talk-show in 1964 that The Beach Boys "I Get Around" was one of the greatest songs he had ever heard.

As his mother Eva was an active member, he has been a longtime supporter of the British Conservative Party.

Has been longtime companion of model L'Wren Scott since 2001.

Was romantically linked to former model Carla Bruni, who has been First Lady of France since 2008.

Began a secret affair with Jerry Hall while she was still engaged to Bryan Ferry (1976).

Lives on Long Island, New York, USA.

Mick Jagger song Dead Flowers can be heard in the movie The Big Lebowski.

Ruby Tuesday, the restaurant chain, is named after Mick Jagger's song Ruby Tuesday.

Mick Jagger released his first solo album, She's The Boss in 1985. This further increased the feud between him and fellow bandmember Keith Richards.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. have written over 200 songs together.

Mick Jagger dated singer Carly Simon in the late 60's and her song You're So Vain is rumored to be about him.

Mick Jagger has a trademark and nickname which is The Lips.

Mick Jagger was born Michael Phillip Jagger but shortened his name to Mick for stage purposes.

In the movie Bent, Mick Jagger was Greta/George.

Mick Jagger played the character of Luther in the movie The Man from Elysian Fields in 2001.

In the block buster hit movie The Replacements which premiered in 2000 Mick Jagger song Moon is Up was featured.

In the Movie The Other Sister which was released in 1999 Mick Jagger song "I'm Free" was used.

In the movie Anger Management which was released in 2003 Mick Jagger's song "19th Nervous Breakdown" was used several times.

In the movie Bruce Almighty in 2003, Mick Jagger was credited for his song "God Gave Me Everything" in the movie.

As a child, he had a summer job selling ice cream from a refrigerated trolley.


Personal Quotes: 

(on his diet) I don't take it very seriously. I don't have a real diet because I don't really need one; I don't gain weight or anything. But I'm not really partial to junk food and hamburgers and things like that -- I don't really like them, so I don't have a problem. I just eat really well. But I do train, you know, before the tour I've trained for years and years. I have quite a hard training [regimen], but I don't really kill myself, and I enjoy dancing.

When you're shooting a concert, you don't quite know what's going to happen. It's a bit of a wing and a prayer for everyone.

Revealing he started to write his autobiography but found it too boring: "I was sitting around with someone talking endlessly about the past, living in it. And I found it rather dull." But the British star, who has been been involved with a string of beautiful women, has not ruled out putting pen to paper. He added: "I'd love to find another form to do it in. A book form but not a showbiz memoir type.

(About Bush) You call yourself a Christian; I call you a hypocrite. You call yourself a patriot; well, I think you're full of...

I think you're always prepared to listen to peoples' points of view, but when they're not working you've got to speak up as well. I think social comment is very much part of what the Rolling Stones have always done.

As a band, we're playing together better than we ever have. And we're really proud of (title of new album/greatest-hits package with one new song), so while we know people like to hear the old ones, we hope they also dig the new stuff.

I believe we should encourage children to sing and play instruments from an early age.

Thank you for leaving us alone but giving us enough attention to boost our egos.

I`m very different from Keith.

I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five.

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

I don't believe in having bands for solo records.

People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you. It's very selfish, but it's understandable.

You wake up in the morning and you look at your old spoon, and you say to yourself, 'Mick, it's time to get yourself a new spoon.' And you do.

My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.

I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.

Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.

It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.

Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.

I did a bit of voice coaching a couple of years ago, after 35 years. A bit of voice coaching and warm-ups… really helps. I always tell these younger singers: I never used to do it either, but you should.


Credited Works / Feats: 

Studies:

  • Maypole Primary School
  • Wentworth Country Primary School
  • Graduated from Dartford Grammar School in 1960
  • He studied for a degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in physical education. The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Solo Albums:

    1. She's The Boss: Released on February 21, 1985. UK: 6 (11 wks), US: 13 (29 wks)
    2. Primitive Cool: Released on September 14, 1987. UK: (5 wks), US: 41 (20 wks)
    3. Wandering Spirit: Released on February 9, 1993. UK: 12 (4 wks), US: 11 (16 wks)
    4. Goddess in the Doorway: Released on November 19, 2001. UK: (4 wks), US: 39 (8 wks)
    5. The Very Best Of Mick Jagger: Released on October 1, 2007. UK: 57 (1 wk), 77 (2 wks)

    Filmography:

    1. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
    2. Performance (1968)
    3. Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)
    4. Gimme Shelter (1970)
    5. Ned Kelly (1970)
    6. Umano non umano (1972)
    7. Wings of Ash (1978) – pilot for a dramatisation of the life of Antonin Artaud
    8. Fitzcarraldo (1981)
    9. Running Out of Luck (1987)
    10. Freejack (1992)
    11. Bent (1997)
    12. Mein liebster Feind (aka My Best Fiend) (1999)
    13. Enigma (2001) – cameo only, plus co-producer
    14. The Man From Elysian Fields (2001)
    15. Being Mick (2001)
    16. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)
    17. Shine a Light (2008)

    Producer:

    1. Running Out of Luck (1987) (executive producer)
    2. Ruby Tuesday (2008) (in production) (producer)
    3. The Women (2008/I) (producer)
    4. Shine a Light (2008) (executive producer)
    5. Shine a Light: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version) (2008)
    6. The Knights of Prosperity (executive producer) (1 episode, 2007)
      • Operation: Fighting Shape (2007) TV episode (executive producer)
    7. The Women (2004) (producer)
    8. Rolling Stones: Tip of the Tongue (2003) (Video Game) (executive producer)
    9. Enigma (2001) (producer)

    Writer:

    1. Running Out of Luck (1987)
    2. Blame It on the Night (1984) (story) (as Michael Philip Jagger)

    Singles:

    1. Memo from Turner. November 1970
    2. Don't Look Back (with Peter Tosh). October 1978
    3. State of Shock" (with The Jacksons). June 1984
    4. Just Another Night. February 1985
    5. Lonely At The Top. March 1985
    6. Lucky In Love. May 1985
    7. Dancing in the Street. September 1985
    8. Ruthless People. July 1986
    9. Let's Work. September 1987
    10. Throwaway. November 1987
    11. Say You Will. December 1987
    12. Sweet Thing. January 1993
    13. Wired All Night. March 1993
    14. Don't Tear Me Up. April 1993
    15. Out Of Focus. July 1993
    16. God Gave Me Everything. November 2001
    17. Visions Of Paradise. March 2002
    18. Old Habits Die Hard. October 2004
    19. Charmed Life. January 2008

    Discography (Rolling Stones):

    1. Shine A Light (2008)
    2. Rarities 1971-2003 (2005)
    3. A Bigger Bang (2005)
    4. Singles 1968-1971 (2005)
    5. Live Licks (UK version) (2004)
    6. Live Licks (US Version) (2004)
    7. Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones (2004)
    8. Singles 1965-1967 (2004)
    9. Singles 1963-1965 (2004)
    10. Forty Licks [Collector's Edition] (2002)
    11. More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) (2002)
    12. Flashpoint (2000)
    13. No Security (1998)
    14. Bridges To Babylon (1997)
    15. Stripped (1995)
    16. Voodoo Lounge (1994)
    17. Singles Collection: The London Years (1989)
    18. Steel Wheels (1989)
    19. Dirty Work (1986)
    20. Rewind 1971-1984 (1984)
    21. Undercover (1983)
    22. Still Life (1982)
    23. Tattoo You (1981)
    24. Sucking In The Seventies (1981)
    25. Emotional Rescue (1980)
    26. Some Girls (1978)
    27. Love You Live (1977)
    28. Black And Blue (1976)
    29. Made In the Shade (1975)
    30. Metamorphosis (1975)
    31. It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974)
    32. Goats Head Soup (1973)
    33. Exile On Main St. (1972)
    34. Sticky Fingers (1971)
    35. Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (1971)
    36. Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (1970)
    37. Let It Bleed (1969)
    38. Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) (1969)
    39. Beggars Banquet (1968)
    40. Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
    41. Flowers (1967)
    42. Between The Buttons (1967)
    43. Aftermath (1966)
    44. Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) (1966)
    45. Got LIVE If You Want It! (1966)
    46. Out Of Our Heads (1965)
    47. December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965)
    48. The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)
    49. 12 X 5 (1964)
    50. England's Newest Hit Makers (1964)

    Tours (Rolling Stones):

    1. 1963 - British Tour 1963 (as an opening act)
    2. 1964 - 1st British Tour 1964
    3. 1964 - 2nd British Tour 1964
    4. 1964 - 1st American Tour 1964
    5. 1964 - 3rd British Tour 1964
    6. 1964 - 4th British Tour 1964
    7. 1964 - 2nd American Tour 1964
    8. 1965 - Far East Tour 1965
    9. 1965 - 1st British Tour 1965
    10. 1965 - 1st European Tour 1965
    11. 1965 - 2nd European Tour 1965
    12. 1965 - 1st American Tour 1965
    13. 1965 - 3rd European Tour 1965
    14. 1965 - 4th European Tour 1965
    15. 1965 - 2nd British Tour 1965
    16. 1965 - 2nd American Tour 1965
    17. 1966 - Australasian Tour 1966
    18. 1966 - European Tour 1966
    19. 1966 - American Tour 1966
    20. 1966 - British Tour 1966
    21. 1967 - European Tour 1967
    22. 1969 - American Tour 1969
    23. 1970 - European Tour 1970
    24. 1971 - UK Tour 1971 (also known as the Goodbye Britain Tour)
    25. 1972 - American Tour 1972 (also known as S.T.P. Tour)
    26. 1973 - Pacific Tour 1973
    27. 1973 - European Tour 1973
    28. 1975 - Tour of the Americas '75
    29. 1976 - Tour of Europe '76
    30. 1978 - US Some Girls Tour 1978
    31. 1981 - Tattoo You American Tour 1981
    32. 1982 - European Tour 1982
    33. 1989/1990 - Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour
    34. 1994/1995 - Voodoo Lounge Tour
    35. 1997/1998 - Bridges To Babylon Tour North America and Europe
    36. 1999 - No Security Tour and European Bridges To Babylon Tour
    37. 2002/2003 - Licks Tour
    38. 2005-2007 - A Bigger Bang Tour

    Videography (Rolling Stones):

    1. 1968: One Plus One (also titled Sympathy for the Devil), directed by Jean-Luc Godard (DVD)
    2. 1969: Stones in the Park (DVD)
    3. 1970: Gimme Shelter, directed by Albert and David Maysles (DVD)
    4. 1974: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, directed by Rolin Binzer
    5. 1982: Rocks Off and Let's Spend the Night Together, both directed by Hal Ashby (DVD)
    6. 1984: Video Rewind (VHS)
    7. 1989: 25x5 - The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones (VHS)
    8. 1990: Stones at the Max, directed by Julien Temple (DVD)
    9. 1995: The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Live (DVD)
    10. 1996: The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (filmed in 1968) (DVD)
    11. 1998: Bridges To Babylon Tour '97-98 (DVD)
    12. 2003: Four Flicks (DVD)
    13. 2007: The Biggest Bang (DVD)
    14. 2008: Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese, released to theaters in standard and IMAX presentations

    Awards

    1. Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2005): Best Song for Alfie (2004) (Shared with David A. Stewart) for the song "Old Habits Die Hard".
    2. Golden Globes, USA (2005): Best Original Song - Motion Picture for Alfie (2004) (Shared with David A. Stewart) for the song "Old Habits Die Hard".
    3. Nominated for a Grammy (1984) for Best Video Album. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (1983) (Shared with Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood).
    4. Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2005): Best Song for Alfie (2004) (Shared with David A. Stewart) for the song "Old Habits Die Hard".
    5. Satellite Awards (Nominated) (2005): Best Original Score for Alfie (2004) (Shared with David A. Stewart and John Powell).
    6. Satellite Awards (Nominated) (2005): Best Original Song for Alfie (2004) (Shared with David A. Stewart) for the song "Blind Leading the Blind".
    7. World Soundtrack Awards (2005): For Alfie (2004) (Shared with David A. Stewart) for the song "Old Habits Die Hard".
    8. Honors:

      On 12 December 2003, Jagger was knighted for Services to Music, as Sir Michael Jagger by Charles, Prince of Wales


    Trade Mark: 

    His lips and the particular chicken dance he performs.


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