Mick Jagger biography

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Mick Jagger biography

Rock musician, songwriter, actor, producer. Born Michael Philip Jagger, on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, England. The son of a physical education teacher and housewife, Jagger grew up in a conventional middle-class family. His early interests were eclectic, ranging from sports to history to music. In 1962, Jagger enrolled at the London School of Economics, where he studied business and played in a blues band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. Around the same time, Jagger was reacquainted with childhood friend and fellow aspiring musician Keith Richards. Influenced by the new musical sound emerging in Britain, Jagger and Richards left school to form their own rock band — The Rolling Stones (derived from the title of the 1950 Muddy Waters hit). The addition of guitarist Brian Jones, drummer Charlie Watts, and bassist Bill Wyman completed the group. Emulating the sound of legendary bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones started singing in London’s local bars and jazz clubs. In July of 1962, they made their first public appearance at the Marquee Club, where they attracted the attention of producer Andrew Oldham. With Oldham’s endorsement, the Stones signed with Decca Records and released their first single, a version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On,” in 1963. They followed the song’s moderate success with more impressive cuts, including the John Lennon/Paul McCartney composition “I Wanna Be Your Man” (1963) and the Buddy Holly cover “Not Fade Away” (1964). With the release of their first album, England’s Newest Hitmakers – The Rolling Stones (1964), the band picked up momentum. They gave charismatic performances in larger concert venues and achieved frenzied adoration from fans. With roaring vocals and an equally unrestrained performance style, Jagger soon became as famous for his theatrical stage presence as for his hard-edged singing. His androgynous persona (accentuated by an effeminate wardrobe of tights and scarves) and the group's uninhibited lifestyles, cultivated a rebellious image that appealed to a generation of disillusioned teenagers during the 1960s. In June of 1964, the Stones recorded their debut self-composed single, “Tell Me (You're Coming Back),” which became their first American Top 40 hit. The following year, they released their breakthrough single, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” which secured a No. 1 spot on the U.S. charts for four consecutive weeks.

The song’s raucous sound and scathing lyrics marked the band’s transgression from classic blues to a darker and more sexually explicit rock and roll. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” embodied what would become the group’s signature style. It is viewed by many as the greatest rock and roll song of all time. During the late 1960s, The Rolling Stones continued to push the envelope with a slew of provocative songs, which were abound with sexual innuendoes and drug references. These included: “Get Off My Cloud” from December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965); “Paint it Black” and “Mother's Little Helper” from Aftermath (1966); and “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday” from Between the Buttons (1967). The Rolling Stones tried to capitalize on the psychedelic sound popularized by their contemporaries with the 1967 release Their Satanic Majesties Request. However, the record was panned by critics as an unoriginal attempt to mimic the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). The following year, the Stones redeemed themselves with Beggars Banquet, which yielded the hit songs “Street Fighting Man” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” In 1969, they released the celebrated album Let it Bleed, which included the classics “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

In the summer of 1969, Brian Jones left the band. A few months later, with the addition of new a guitarist (Mick Taylor), the Stones launched their Gimme Shelter U.S. tour. Billed as the “World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band,” they played in stadiums packed with enthusiastic American audiences. While touring, the band staged a free show at the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco, where a group of Hell’s Angels were hired to police the crowd. The concert turned tragic when the Hell’s Angels violently attacked fans, bludgeoning one spectator to death. The incident was captured on video and later featured in the documentary Gimme Shelter (1970). The disturbing concert footage was worsened by heavy media coverage. The American public responded by ostracizing the Stones, who would not perform in the U.S. for two years following the incident. In the early 1970s, the counterculture shifted its focus from group protest to personal identification. The music of The Rolling Stones also paralleled this change. Their next album, Sticky Fingers (1971), featuring the hit single “Brown Sugar,” represented a more methodical tone. As their music continued to evolve, they released a string of successful albums under their newly formed label — Rolling Stones Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records).

Among the most notable were Exile on Main Street (1972), Goat’s Head Soup (1973), It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (1974), and Some Girls (1978). However, the success of The Rolling Stones was at times overshadowed by internal conflict. Creative differences contributed to Mick Taylor’s hasty departure in 1974 (he was later replaced by guitarist Ron Wood). Richards’ escalating drug use, coupled with Jagger’s growing interest in a film career, only made matters worse. As a result, the Stones released a succession of poorly received albums, including Undercover (1983) and Dirty Work (1986). Jagger briefly turned his attention toward a solo career, recording She’s the Boss (1985) followed by Primitive Cool (1987). More than three decades after their original success, the Rolling Stones worked out their difficulties and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the late 1980s. The release of their 1989 album, Steel Wheels, which met with favorable reviews and impressive sales, was supported by an extensive multimillion-dollar world tour. In 1994, the album Voodoo Lounge earned the group their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. Most recently, The Rolling Stones released No Security (1998) — a compilation of concert recordings from their 1997-98 Bridges of Babylon tour. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Continuously active for over four decades, they are the longest-lived rock band in history. Though Jagger’s music career continues to thrive, he has become increasingly involved in filmmaking over the past few years. The 1992 science fiction film, Freejack, featured him in a lead role opposite Anthony Hopkins. In 1996, he founded his own production company — Jagged Films. The following year, he played a cross-dressing nightclub owner in the film adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play Bent. In 2002, despite his reputation as a raging hedonist, Jagger was nominated for knighthood by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He is to be honored for his 40 years as one of rock's driving forces.

Jagger’s personal life has been marked by numerous and complicated affairs. In 1970, his first daughter (Karis) was born from a relationship with actress Marsha Hunt. The following year, he married Brazilian socialite Bianca Perez de Macias. They had one daughter (Jade) before divorcing in 1980. In 1990, he wed model Jerry Hall, with whom he has four children (Elizabeth, James, Georgia, and Gabriel). In 1999, Hall filed for a divorce after it was confirmed that Jagger had fathered the illegitimate child (Lucas) of Brazilian model Luciana Morad.

In addition, he has been romantically linked to models Vanessa Neuman, Jane Rajlich, and Carla Bruni.

1964 12X5
1964 England's Newest Hitmakers - The Rolling Stones
1965 Out Of Our Heads
1965 The Rolling Stones, Now!
1965 December's Children (And Everybody's)
1966 Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)
1966 Got Live If You Want It
1966 Aftermath
1967 Between The Buttons
1967 Flowers
1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request
1968 Beggars Banquet
1969 Let It Bleed
1969 Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2)
1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
1970 Around and Around
1971 Milestones
1971 Gimme Shelter
1971 Stone Age
1971 Sticky Fingers
1972 More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies)
1972 Exile On Main Street
1972 Hot Rocks 1964-1971
1973 No Stone Unturned
1973 Goat's Head Soup
1974 It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
1975 Made in the Shade
1975 Metamorphosis
1975 Rolled Gold
1976 Black And Blue
1977 Love You Live
1978 Some Girls
1979 Time Waits For No One
1980 Emotional Rescue
1981 Sucking in the Seventies
1981 Tattoo You
1982 Still Life
1983 Undercover
1984 Rewind
1985 She's The Boss Solo
1986 Dirty Work
1987 Primitive Cool Solo
1989 Steel Wheels
1989 Singles Collection - The London Years
1990 Collector's Edition/Collectibles
1991 Flashpoint
1993 Wandering Spirit Solo
1993 Jump Back
1994 Voodoo Lounge
1995 Rock and Roll Circus
1995 Stripped
1997 Bridges to Babylon
1998 No Security.

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