Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

by Philip Norman


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Author Phillip Norman, whose previous bestseller, John Lennon: The Life, was praised as a “haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work” (New York Times Book Review) and whose classic Shout! is widely considered to be the definitive biography of the Beatles, now turns his attention to the iconic front man of the Rolling Stones, “the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.” Norman’s Mick Jagger is an extraordinarily detailed and vibrantly written in-depth account of the life and half-century-long career of one of the most fascinating and complex superstars of rock music—the most comprehensive biography to date of the famously enigmatic musician. Keith Richards had his say in Life. Now it’s time to get to know intimately the other half of the duo responsible for such enduring hits as “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Mick Jagger is a must read for Stones fans, and everyone who can’t get enough of the serious memoirs and biographies of popular musicians, like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler, and the Warren Zevon story, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061944864
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 1,231,085
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Norman is a novelist, biographer, journalist, and playwright. He is the author of the bestselling biography John Lennon: The Life and the history of The Beatles Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation. Norman has also published biographies of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, and Elton John, as well as six works of fiction and two plays, The Man That Got Away and Words of Love. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue Sympathy for the Old Devil 1

Part 1 "The Blues is in Him"

1 India-Rubber Boy 13

2 The Kid in the Cardigan 39

3 "Very Bright, Highly Motivated Layabouts" 69

4 "Self-Esteem? He Didn't Have Any" 92

5 '"What a Cheeky Little Yob,' I Thought to Myself" 116

6 "We Spent a Lot of Time Sitting in Bed, Doing Crosswords" 143

7 "We Piss Anywhere, Man" 177

8 Secrets of the Pop Stars' Hideaway 208

9 Elusive Butterfly 242

10 "Mick Jagger and Fred Engels on Street Fighting" 267

Part 2 The Tyranny of Cool

11 "The Baby's Dead, My Lady Said" 297

12 Someday My Prince Will Come 324

13 The Balls of a Lion 356

14 "As Lethal as Last Week's Lettuce" 389

15 Friendship with Benefits 419

16 The Glamour Twins 449

17 "Old Wild Men, Waiting for Miracles" 474

18 Sweet Smell of Success 506

19 The Diary of a Nobody 523

20 Wandering Spirit 545

21 God Gave Me Everything 570

Postscript 599

Index 601

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