10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mick Jagger article looks at one of the most famous rock and roll stars in the history of not just rock and roll but of the entire world. Yeah he is that famous, He is like Julius Caesar famous, probably even more famous than that. He was born on July 26th, 1943, in Dartford, Kent. Despite being from Kent, his school years were spent in London at Wentworth Primary School, which he attended until 1950 when he transferred to Dartford Technical College. In 1957 he entered the London School of Economics.
As far as his career with The Rolling Stones, most classic rock fans are well aware of his musical accomplishments along with partners Keith Richards, the late Charlie Watts, Ron Wood and the ex Rolling Stones such as Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and the late Brian Jones. Although we always says that they should have made Daryl Jones a Rolling Stone because he has been with them for over twenty years on the stage and in the studio. I mean come on guys. I guess it’s all about the money.
Nonetheless. since we know all about his musical escapades as a member of the grand Rolling Stones, we thought it would be fun to look at some things you didn’t know about Mick Jagger.
# 1 – Almost Went Into A Business With Paul McCartney
Imagine a merger of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones? Well not exactly, although that would have been very cool to get an album where the Beatles and The Rolling Stones collaborated together. Just imagine what that would have sounded like? Nonetheless, the business venture between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones was pretty much a deal that fell through between Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger when they were in talks about starting their own record label. The deal never happened as the Beatles would eventually partner with Capitol Records in launching Apple Records. Still, would have loved to have heard those conversations between rivals Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.
# 2 – In early 2009, he joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy:
One of his most unusual collaborations happened in early 2009 when he teamed up with soul singer Joss Stone to form SuperHeavy. The five-piece also included Dave Stewart (of The Eurythmics) and reggae legend Damian Marley. They released one self-titled album, which went platinum in the UK but was less successful in America.
# 3 – He was supposed to play Alex in A Clockwork Orange
While at school Mick Jagger received several offers to join various bands, but he turned them all down because the music didn’t pay. He did, however, find incidental work as an actor while waiting for his big break. Stanley Kubrick spotted him during a fight scene on “Ready Steady Go,” a popular music show, and cast him as Alex in “A Clockwork Orange” after seeing him perform on stage with The Rolling Stones. However, Mick Jagger turned down the role because he felt it was wrong for him to play a violent thug, given the clean-cut image of the band at that time.
# 4 – Had a juicy role as a villain that has been forgotten
Mick Jagger may not have taken the role in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, but he did land another great role as a villain in the early 1990’s film Freejack. The movie starred Emilio Estevez, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. Based on some sort of sci fi time travel kidnapping world that left us completely confused but entertained. The movie was still a fun ride and Mick Jagger was great in it with his cold comic book sneer as mercenary Victor Vacendak. It’s a great role in a fun popcorn movie.
5 – Mick Jagger got his first guitar at the age of 14:
Most parents probably wouldn’t be thrilled if they found their teenage son had just bought a guitar with money earned from busking, but Mick’s mother was more than happy with her son’s choice of purchase. He taught himself how to play basic chords on an acoustic guitar after being inspired by seeing guitarist Pete Seeger perform in London in 1960.
# 6 – Mick Jagger is a big fan of ballet:
Mick Jagger has been known to practice his dancing skills at ballet classes with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick in New York City, and he even attended the premiere of Justin Peck’s work in 2017.
# 7 – His younger brother Chris is also an actor and musician :
Mick Jagger’s younger brother Chris Jagger started as a professional athlete but decided to pursue music after receiving encouragement from his famous sibling. He ended up releasing six albums across the 1970s/80s, which garnered moderate success. Despite this, he’s still fondly remembered for his contribution to the band Maggots Brannagan who performed one of the world’s first-ever rock operas.
# 8 – He was supposedly talked into accepting his knighthood by Tony Blair:
Mick Jagger has been the recipient of many titles, including being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. However, only one title mattered to him when Michael Phillip Jagger became Sir Michael Philip Jagger in 2002. This title is also one he initially declined after being asked by Tony Blair himself. After some deliberation, though, it’s believed that Mick Jagger met with Tony, and they agreed to “work together for their countries.”
# 9 – Mick Jagger was an aspiring journalist and politician:
Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger began his career in music but had aspirations of becoming a political journalist. While studying Latin, French, art history, and English at the LSE (London School of Economics), he worked on the editorial board for the student newspaper The Beaver.
# 10 – He’s estimated to have had over 4,000 lovers:
His many relationships (including long-term relationships with supermodels Jerry Hall and Carla Bruni) have made him a well-known name among celebrity couples in modern times. Some estimate that Mick has been involved with over 4,000 women.
Who wouldn’t want to be Mick Jagger. I mean if you had a choice to live anyone’s lives , one of them would undoubtedly have to be Mick Jagger, although many would probably choose Keith instead.
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