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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061944857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061944857
  • ASIN: 0061944858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* A great band, said the letter from Decca, one of Britain’s major record labels, but you’ll never get anywhere with that singer. Mick Jagger, voice and all, has always been one of a kind. Norman, biographer of John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, and Elton John, offers a penetrating and mostly sympathetic portrait of a controversial and not-always-likable figure. He discusses Jagger’s pleasant, middle-class upbringing as a too easily distracted student, his first gig as a Rolling Stone, his incorrigible womanizing (which Norman calls his Eternal Teenager Syndrome), and his movie roles (as well as the ones that got away, such as the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Also here are highlights—and lowlights—from Jagger’s long career, including the origin of some of the group’s most famous songs, from Satisfaction to Sympathy for the Devil, and the tragic events at Altamont, California, where a young man was stabbed and beaten to death. Norman is a wonderful writer, a painter with words. His descriptions of Jagger and his bandmates alone are precious (a young Keith Richards, for example, is described as an ill-favored little fellow with the protruding ears and hollow cheeks of some Dickensian workhouse waif). A must for Jagger and Stones fans alike. --June Sawyers


'Commendable thoroughness, engaging wit and boundless energy, much as Jagger has shown over the decades' Mail on Sunday 'Hugely readable' The Guardian 'One of Norman's triumphs in Mick Jagger is to chart the decade's evolution as well as his progress within it' Sunday Express 'The most ambitious and comprehensive Jagger biography to date' Rolling Stone 'Extremely well researched' Rolling Stone 'Barnstorming...Norman has ploughed this terrain for much of his career, and brings to his subject both a deep fascination with the ecology of rock'n'roll plus a sharp eye for its absurdities' The Observer 'Norman's book reads like a thrill ride. He captures as well as anybody that magical combination of youth, talent and low rent that would eventually become the Rolling Stones' The New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I love the Rolling stones they typical rock band .
Linda Merrick
I thought this book was pretty boring and as it was not written by Mick Jagger not very interesting.
I'd recommend this book to anybody who wants to read an overview of the Stones career.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Pedoto on October 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up because I was impressed with Philip Norman's earlier book on John Lennon. I could not disagree more with the previous reviewer who found so many faults here. It also is not a "bio on the Stones, focusing on Mick." It is a biography of Mick Jagger. It may be that, in fact, we read different books.

If you are well-versed in the life story of Michael Philip jagger, then obviously most of the information here is not 'new' in any sense. I agree that Keith Richards' autobiography is more fun to read, as it captures his voice. With the caveat that he tells his tale as he remembers it and at times his story varies from other accounts. But biography and autobiography are two distinct categories.

I didn't get the sense that Norman knocked the Beatles in any way during the course of detailing Mick's life. He shows how highly Mick thought of John Lennon, in particular. I do think he does an excellent job of giving Mick's less publicized benevolence a fair hearing, along with his less charitable moments.

Since Marianne Faithfull does not paint herself in a flattering light but is, at times, brutally honest in her own book (sited here) I simply don't understand this criticism. Also, Brian Jones is not 'constantly denigrated.' Rather his incredible musical talents are highlighted and his seminal role in creating and promoting the band is detailed. His sad and very rapid decline into drugs and paranoia is portrayed with sympathy, especially in Mick's dealings with him

The biggest reveal here is that the decadent 'Lizard King' style rock god was always a role that Jagger played for commercial effect, not in any way a reflection of his real personality, intellect and interests.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cbryce on October 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
But the author has some favs among the bunch, as I guess all writers do. He constantly denigrates Brian Jones, and puts Marianne Faithfull on a pedestal. She must have helped him with the book, as he clearly worships her and believes everything she says, while he basically says Keith made stuff up in his book. Maybe so, but I think all autobiographies are suspect.(This book of Norman's also has Eric Clapton married to someone named "Pamela" who was meant to be a suitable friend for Mick's girl, Marianne. Clapton had no such wife-I don't think he meant to say Pattie (Boyd) due to the time frame, still late sixties, so this is just an error.) Writer also cannot type the name Graham Parsons with referencing the late musician's "beauty"- a man crush perhaps.

The author does tend to build Mick up whenever possible, and also, to issue digs at the Beatles with surprising regularity. He also tends to "debunk" all stories regarding the band and/or Mick over the years, without giving any more than his say so that it didn't really happen that way, especially with regards to Altamont.

The book is also repetitious at times, as though the reader cannot remember something he wrote a few chapters back , so he details it again. Maybe he was being paid by the word.

I really did not uncover anything new in this book; he rehashes the same stories, the drug busts, the infamous Mars bar (over which he giggles and snorts repeatedly) the urinating scandal, as well as a claim that Bianca, too, relieved herself in a gutter during the filming of an aborted movie. Lots of references of who slept with who, allegedly. The saga of Marsha Hunt's baby with Mick, taking the side of Marsha Hunt in this case.
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Format: Hardcover
When Michael Philip Jagger made his entrance into the world in Dartford, England, in 1943, his parents, Joe and Eva Jagger, surely had no idea of the magnitude of fame, notoriety and wealth their little boy would one day possess. By the time the rest of us became acquainted with Mick, however, there were definite signs of things to come.

In MICK JAGGER, Philip Norman begins with a bit of background on Mick, then known as Mike, his childhood, his parents and brother, and his early friendship with fellow Rolling Stone Keith Richards. We follow him to the London School of Economics where he likely gained the financial acumen that has allowed him to accumulate and manage the vast fortune he possesses today and to ensure the financial success of The Rolling Stones.

We soon catapult into the days preceding the runaway fame of The Rolling Stones and follow Mick through the ups and downs that have made up his life. The expulsion of Brian Jones from the band and the mystery of his subsequent death, the drug busts and raids, the competition with the Beatles, and Mick's exodus from England to France for tax purposes are fodder for our perusal in MICK JAGGER.

We also get the inside scoop on some of Mick's many relationship with women. Chrissie Shrimpton, Marianne Faithfull, Marsha Hunt, Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall have all figured significantly in his life, and here we learn more about the unique mechanics of each relationship. The gratuitous sex with an ever-changing cast of characters that is part of Mick's bad boy persona and a detriment to maintaining serious relationships are also investigated.

Most fascinating of all are the frequent glimpses into what makes a man like Mick tick.
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