Mick Jagger is one of the most influential rock and roll singers on the planet. Known for his hip-shaking moves, pouty lips, oozing sexuality, and controversial antics, the Rolling Stones singer is the walking definition of love, drugs and rock and roll. Though he portrays a very jaded, doped-up exterior, underneath his aloof, uncaring attitude is an artist obsessed with his craft. At least in the eyes of other esteemed artists, like Lenny Kravitz, who called Jagger a very “disciplined artist.”
Mick Jagger Had Humble English Beginnings
Mick Jagger (full name Michael Philip Jagger) was born in Dartford, England in 1943. His career in music began in the least rock & roll way possible – being a member of the church choir. His father was a teacher, and his mother was active in England’s Conservative Party even though she was an Australian immigrant.
Musical talent runs in Jagger’s family, and though his parents didn’t really dabble too much in the Arts, his brother Chris is a singer. Just like his brother, Chris is still performing live and releasing new albums. He has a number of 2017 dates in the London area.
Mick Jagger Has Brains – and a College Scholarship to Back It Up
Don’t ever say an education isn’t important if you’re going to be a future rock star. If Mick Jagger never went to college, The Rolling Stones may have never happened.
Mick Jagger is quite the brainiac, which is part of the reason his band has been able to have a 55-year career. He attended London School of Economics on a scholarship and studied accounting and finance. While he was at college, he reconnected with his childhood friend Keith Richards. The pair shared an interest in American blues and R&B, and in 1962, during Jagger’s first year in college, they decided to start a band. Jagger left school a year later.
Mick Jagger Bought a Multi-Million Pound Estate While High on LSD
Mick Jagger has always been known for his reckless, drug-fueled antics. One of the most strange stories is that Mick Jagger was said to have bought a country estate worth millions of pounds while he was high on LSD.
In a 75,000 word manuscript which is said to have been penned Mick in the ’80s, he admitted that he was high on drugs when he purchased the historic Stargroves, a mansion in Hampshire, England. The Stones later used this home as a recording studio.
Mick Had a Near Death Experience
Jagger is one of the most talented, iconic rock stars of all time. He’s got plenty of musical talent, but almost none when it comes to horse riding. Mick’s scary, near-death experience wasn’t a product of an all-night, drug-fueled party, it was because he tried to ride a horse without any experience.
According to the found manuscript, Mick decided to give riding horses a go. He jumped up on the stallion and it bolted. He was unable to control the horse, and it was very clear he was going to get bucked. Mick ended up hitting the horse between the eyes, and it slowed down.
Mick Jagger Performed During a Murder
It’s no secret that some major violence erupted at the Rolling Stones’ set at Altamont Speedway. The 1969 festival became infamous for being poorly planned and rooted in violence.
The Stones’ difficult set at Altamont, where Jagger was punched by a concertgoer, ended when a fan named Meredith Hunter pulled a gun on stage. A Hell’s Angel, who was running security at the event, stabbed Hunter before the rest of his crew came in to give him a beating. Hunter died and the Stones had no idea that they were performing in an actual crime scene.
Mick Jagger Was Almost Assassinated by Hells Angels Members
The murder at Altamont during the Rolling Stones’ set appalled Jagger, who tried his best to distance himself from the fact they hired Hells Angels as security. The Angels saw this as a betrayal on Jagger’s part, and he became a target.
Former FBI agent Mark Young reported that the Hells Angels intended to get revenge on Jagger by killing him. Fortunately a terrible storm stopped them in their tracks. Their plan involved sneaking into Mick’s Long Island home by boat and murdering him with a litany of weapons. The storm caused their boat to nearly sink and they barely escaped with their lives.
Mick Jagger’s First Girlfriend Attempted Suicide
Mick Jagger’s love life has always been tainted by suicide, and his first love really set the trajectory. Mick’s first serious girlfriend was Chrissie Shrimpton, the younger sister of a famous supermodel. At the time, she was a 19-year-old student at the London School of Economics and studied alongside Mick. The pair were extremely serious and had plans to marry, but their relationship became strained with his growing celebrity.
In 1966 Jagger dumped Shrimpton for a pop singer named Marianne Faithfull. She would never recover. Shrimpton took an overdose of sleeping pills when she was alone in their London apartment. Thankfully, Jagger found her in time, but to avoid publicity, his management took her to the hospital and checked her in under a fake name. She was held there until her parents came to pick her up.
Mick Jagger’s Second Girlfriend Also Attempted Suicide
Marianne Faithfull, the woman he left Chrissie Shrimpton for, was considered Jagger’s muse. Their highly public relationship ended up spiraling out of control when Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested for drug possession, and she was found in the room wearing nothing but a fur rug.
The pressures of stardom were too much for Faithfull. In 1969, three years after they began dating, she swallowed 50 sleeping tablets while in Australia with Jagger. Jagger, again, found her just in time but it was a start of Marianne’s long downward spiral into drug use and alcoholism. By the time she left Jagger, she was addicted to heroin.
Mick Jagger’s First Wife Said Their Marriage Ended on Their Wedding Day
In 1971, Jagger married Bianca Perez-Mora Macias and the couple had a highly publicized wedding San Tropez. Jagger chartered a private jet for 71 special guests including Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.
Bianca refused to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, but ended up walking away with just £1 million after the couple divorced in 1979. According to Bianca, their marriage was over after less than a year and they stayed together for the sake of their first-born child Jade. After divorcing Bianca, Jagger met the love of his life, Jerry Hall.
Mick Jagger And Jerry Hall Were Together for 23 Years
Mick Jagger was a renowned ladies’ man, so much so that he stole ex-super model Jerry Hall away from her rock star fiancé. Hall got engaged to Bryan Ferry, a big rock star in the ’70s and ’80s, when she was just 20. She ended up leaving Ferry for Jagger and the couple had an extremely long relationship. She even managed to lock down the famous bachelor in a 1990 marriage ceremony, that Jagger later tried to argue wasn’t valid.
The couple was married for nine years and had four children – but their union was hardly without a dose of drama.
Mick Jagger Constantly Cheated on Jerry Hall
According to Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger was never faithful. She admits that she would come home from modelling assignments and find women’s jewelry that didn’t belong to her. “I’d start finding things next to the bed like earrings or a ring. It was obvious,” she said. Jagger always denied his affairs, even when he was caught in the act.
What finally put the nail in their marriage’s coffin was when it was discovered that Jagger fathered a child with another woman while he was married to Hall. This woman was Luciana Gimenez, a Brazilian model who took a DNA test to confirm that her son Lucas was indeed Jagger’s kid. 17-year-old Lucas is Jagger’s second youngest.
Jerry Hall Had a Revenge Affair
Since Mick Jagger wouldn’t admit to ever cheating on Jerry Hall during their 23-year relationship, Hall to matters into her own hands. She was so fed up with Jagger’s incessant lying that she had sought out an affair just to make him jealous.
“I did [want revenge]. At one point I went off and had an affair with somebody else. Robert Sangster. So lovely. Horse breeder. Then Mick would beg me back,” she said. She admits the fling made her feel good and empowered. She eventually took Jagger back, thinking he would change, but he did not.
Georgia May and Elizabeth Jagger
Mick Jagger had two daughters with Jerry Hall: Elizabeth and Georgia May. Georgia Jagger, born in 1992, is arguably Mick’s most famous child. She signed to Independent Models in 2008 and launched her booming modeling career. Georgia May has modeled for major, high-end brands like Chanel, Miu Miu, Versace, and Vivienne Westwood. She even scored a coveted contract with Rimmel in 2009.
Elizabeth is Mick’s eldest daughter and has also dabbled in modeling and acting. The New York native has appeared in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and in 2005, she became the face of fast-fashion retailer Mango.
James and Gabriel Jagger
Mick Jagger had two boys with Jerry Hall during their 23-year relationship. The eldest son is James, who was born in 1985. James is an actor, like his dad and sisters, and has starred in a number of British films. He’s best known for his work in Sex Drugs and Rock N Roll.
Gabriel Jagger is Hall’s youngest with the rock star. He is just 18 years old but has almost always been living with a single mother. One year after having Gabriel, Hall became sick of Jagger’s cheating when it was exposed that he had a song with another woman, and she left the singer for good.
Lucas Jagger, the Child of an Affair
Lucas Jagger is just a year younger than his half-brother Gabriel. The now 17-year-old made his mother famous, but for rather unfortunate reasons. At the time of his birth, Mick Jagger was still married to Jerry Hall. Luciana Gimenez, a Brazillian model, fell pregnant after having an affair.
Though Mick initially denied that the child was his, Gimenez insisted on a paternity test. It was discovered that Mick was, indeed, the father. Shortly after his birth, Hall filed for divorce. It was later declared in court that her marriage to Mick was not valid, so it was annulled.
The Mother of Mick’s Oldest Child Inspired the Famous Tune “Brown Sugar”
46-year-old Karis Jagger is Mick’s eldest child but has had a strained relationship with her dad since the start. Initially, Mick claimed he wasn’t her father (which if you can tell from recent events, is sort of his go-to move). Karis’ mother is Marsha Hunt, an American actress and singer, who had an affair with Mick for nine months. Hunt is rumored to have inspired the Rolling Stones’ famous hit “Brown Sugar.”
Though Karis had a strained relationship with her father, things have since been resolved. When Mick’s long-term girlfriend L’Wren Scott committed suicide in 2014, Karis rushed to her father’s side.
Mick Jagger’s 29-year-old Hookup
After L’Wren’s suicide, an elderly Jagger fell into the arms of another woman. The 73-year-old singer managed to score a hot millennial hookup. Melanie Hamrick is a ballerina from Virginia and was reportedly “delighted” to be having Mick’s eighth child, though the pair is not in a relationship.
According to reports from The Mirror, Mick flew 3,500 miles from London to New York to be at Hamrick’s side during the birth. Everything went swimmingly for the mother and baby, and dad ended up contributing a bit more than just 50 percent of the DNA. He picked a name. The rocker named his child Deveraux Octavia Basil, after his father who passed away in 2006.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Have Not Hung out in 20 Years
Yes, if you’re in business you have to be friendly with your co-workers, which is why Kith Richards, guitarist of the Rolling Stones, and Mick Jagger have always been friends despite their on-and-off spats. The pair started The Rolling Stones as close friends, but throughout the band’s 55-year career, they’ve famously had some ups and downs.
In Richards’ autobiography, he describes his old friend as “unbearable” and admits he hasn’t visited him in his dressing room in 20 years. “I used to love Mick, but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years,” he wrote. “Sometimes I think, ‘I miss my friend.’ I wonder, ‘Where did he go?'”
Size Doesn’t Matter – At Least If You’re a Rock Star
Mick Jagger oozes sexuality. As someone who’s had a whopping eight children by a number of different women, you’d think he’d be an expert in the sack. While no woman has ever been vocal about any complaints with his performance, Keith Richards revealed the real tea in his autobiography. According to Richards, the man who could be credited with single-handedly keeping the tight leather pants industry in business is rumored to be working with some tiny equipment.
When talking about Jagger’s relationship with Marianne Faithfull, Richards wrote she, “Had no fun with his tiny todger. I know he’s got an enormous pair of balls – but it doesn’t quite fill the gap.”
The Queen Refused to Knight Mick Jagger Herself
Mick has received many awards for his work in the Rolling Stones, but perhaps the greatest achievement is the fact that he was knighted in 2003. While Jagger’s family, particularly his eldest daughter Karis, was present at the ceremony to offer support, there was one person who was less than thrilled – the Queen.
It was reported that the Queen did not think Jagger was a suitable candidate to be knighted. Though she typically hands over the honor, she did not have “the stomach” because of Mick’s alleged anti-establishment views. Sir Mick didn’t seem to mind.
Little Belief in Jagger
There are always those stories of how greats had doubters during their early years. Crazy as it sounds, some people thought Steph Curry would be out of the league by now or he wouldn’t make it this far. Look at that champ now. Same goes with Mick Jagger.
“Andrew Oldham’s original business partner, Eric Easton, basically trusted Oldham’s belief that a new band called The Rolling Stones could be the next big thing, but he just couldn’t believe the singer had any charisma or talent,” Psychobabble wrote. It took a bit more convincing for him to get on board.
Confused for Who?!
The Rolling Stones were becoming a huge deal, no scratch that, they were a big deal and it was evident every day. They had a swag about them and part of it was their long and healthy hair. The hair was so long it had a feminine feel to it. Don’t believe us? Check out what happened to Mick early in his career.
“In 1964, the hysteria over The Rolling Stones’ shockingly long hair reached new heights of idiocy when Mick said he was approached by an eighty-year-old woman who asked if he was a member of The Supremes and ‘She wasn’t kidding!’,” Psychobabble wrote.
Jagger Markets Well
Musicians often promote other artists from time to time. Sometimes, depending on who the artist is doing the promoting, the artist getting promoted can receive a huge rise in stock as far as fans and listeners go. The case remains the same with Mick Jagger and that time he promoted the Beach Boys.
“Mick Jagger supposedly played a role in launching The Beach Boys’ popularity in England when he gave “I Get Around” a big thumbs up on (depending on the source)Juke Box Jury or Ready, Steady, Go in 1964 and it became the Boy’s first top-ten hit in the UK,” Psychobabble wrote.
Jagger gets Shocked
To be star struck when you are not a star yourself is expected. Sometimes to meet a star that you always wanted to meet even when you are a star can make someone starstruck. But maybe a bunch of fans acting crazy is surely enough to make you freak out no matter how big of a star you are.
“According to Bob Spitz’s The Beatles, Mick Jagger was in attendance for the Fabs’ milestone gig at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965,” Psychobabble wrote. “The crowds’ crazed reaction reportedly freaked Jagger out.” See, crazy crowds do the trick.
Take his Approval and go
If someone who is great in their field gives you their opinion, it would make plenty sense for you to listen to what that person is telling you. Now if it were some bum off the streets that’s a different story but since we are talking about Mick Jagger, his opinion is basically an expert consult. Go on ahead and run with it!
“According to bass player Mark Tulin, engineer David Hassinger presented Mick Jagger with a list of potential names for a new band Hassinger was recording,” Psychobabble wrote. “When Mick gave ‘The Electric Prunes’ his stamp of approval, Tulin’s band had a new name.”
Credit’s all Yours
Producers and musicians can be funny about the music as far as production goes. Things like who wrote it, who produced it and other musical features of that nature are often times a tough bind for artists. Due to money and rights, it is mandated that an artist reveals all the components of a song when it is released. And that includes who produced it. When it comes to Mick, all praise goes to him.
“Although Andrew Oldham received co-producer’s credit with Mick on Chris Farlowe’s version of “Ride On Baby”, “Farlowe told the press that the production was ‘all Mick’,” according to Simon Spence’s Immediate Labels Unlimited,” Psychobabble wrote.
Forget what you Heard!
Some people just get a certain reputation about them and it seems to stick on them like a negative stereotype. That’s how it went when we were in high school. If you know that such and such played sports then it was assumed that he was an arrogant athlete. Since the Stones were associated with drugs we all assumed that they were drug users.
“Despite the Stones’ druggy reputation, Mick Jagger was never a heavy indulger and allegedly didn’t try pot until Paul McCartney first rolled him a joint circa 1965 and didn’t try acid until the unfortunate February 12, 1967, excursion when he and Keith were busted on the drug charges,” Psychobabble wrote.
When you have the Pull
Some artists and figures in the world are bigger than their circumstances. The majority of the world thought that O.J. did (and still know that he did) but since he was such an amazing socialite at that time, he got more of a pass than any other human being would have in that circumstance. He had the pull that others wish they had in bad situations like that. Mick Jagger was one of those people with the pull.
“Although The Rolling Stones were too caught up in their legal problems to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival, Mick Jagger still served on the festival’s board of governors,” Psychobabble wrote.
Movie on Hold
A movie was in the works for Mick Jagger but it was original for The Beatles. Learn what happened with this potential film.
“In 1967, playwright Joe Orton rewrote an untitled screenplay he called Up Against Itas a possible big-screen vehicle for The Beatles,” Psychobabble wrote. Brian Epstein rejected the script because of its outré subject matter, though Paul McCartney later claimed it was simply too “gay,” reflecting Orton’s sexuality rather than The Beatles. When Paul and his band pulled out, director Richard Lester lined up Ian McKellan and Mick Jagger but sadly, Orton’s death in August 1967 put Up Against It on permanent hold.”
A Joining of Forces
It’s great when we hear about top heavy artist possibly wanting to work together even if it isn’t in a song. Of course, the fans would love to hear a great collab song but the artists have other business ventures in mind they think they could accomplish. Later that year after the movie fiasco, more talks were going on.
“Mick and Paul discussed starting a recording studio and label to be jointly owned by The Rolling Stones and Beatles,” Psychobabble wrote Ultimately, The Beatles pursued the latter venture on their own, forming Apple Records the following year.”
His First Solo Song
Justin Timberlake did it. Omarion did it. Even Queen Bey did it. Many of the lead vocal artists in groups always go solo and try and make a successful career on their own. sometimes it goes well and other times it does not. Sorry to those who didn’t fair so well.
“Mick’s first solo single, “Memo from Turner”, was supposed to be a Rolling Stones recording, but Keith was apparently so irritated about his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg’s love scenes with Mick in the film Performance (which, legend has it, were not faked) that he continually sabotaged the sessions with sloppy performances,” Psychobabble wrote.
This is Awkward…
We know the Mick Jagger had plenty of fans who all loved him. More specifically, he had a ton of women who would be willing to give a kidney to be in the same bed as him. They were yelling for him at concerts because they wanted him after the show! It seems that men wanted their share of Jagger as well.
“In his autobiography, Who I Am, Pete Townshend wrote, ‘Mick is the only man I’ve ever seriously wanted to [expletive],’ and revealed his jealous suspicions that The Who’s manager, Kit Lambert, may have been ‘having a sexual dalliance with Mick’,” Psychobabble wrote.
Irritating Questions can get you Burned
When you are a star, you have to learn to not let questions and remarks from others get to you. Of course, there will be tons of positive comments but the negative ones are not far behind. It is up to you to determine how to respond to them.
“According to Julian Dawson’s And on the Piano… Nicky Hopkins, few questions irked the famed session man more than ‘What is Mick Jagger really like?’,” Psychobabble wrote. “The incessant inquisition eventually prompted Nicky to threaten to set the next person who asks him about Mick on fire.”
Ultimate Jam Session!
Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life. You just made a lifelong bond with the person you love dearly and then you have your honeymoon to look forward to. All of your closest friends and family members are in attendance and it is just a good time. If you are Mick Jagger, it gets even better.
“The jam session that immediately followed Mick and Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias’s wedding reportedly included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, P.P. Arnold, Terry Reid, Bobby Keys, Doris Troy, Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Nicky Hopkins, and the groom on vocals and harp. Keith Richards, however, was passed out on the floor,” Psychobabble wrote.
The Jagger and John Connection
We talked about how great it is when great artists link up for a song but these two actually did it. Big talk always goes on about one big artist about to team up with another big artist but many times it never happens.
“In 1974, John Lennon was in the throes of his legendary “Lost Weekend” while separated from Yoko Ono,” Psychobabble wrote Though partying was at the top of Lennon’s agenda, he did manage to be productive too, as when he produced a version of 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)’s “Too Many Cooks” with Mick Jagger singing lead.”
Less Work More Play
It isn’t a bad thing to work a lot. Some people thrive that way and do not even want to take a nap because they and the money are to attached. Mick Jagger didn’t think you should be working so much and more play should be involved with your everyday life cycle.
“Though Jagger has obviously done a lot of hard work in his life, he knows that life is about managing the balance between work and play,” PPcorn wrote. “His advice to people who are exhausted from 50 hour work weeks is to work less and enjoy life more.”
They are his Children
The question is, would you be tired of something you made? Something you put your heart into for the world to enjoy. Depending on what it is, maybe, but in this case, we are talking about the music that Mick Jagger made. He has been asked if he ever gets tired of any of songs or at least performing them.
“You might think that Jagger is tired of performing at least one of the Stones’ major hits, but he says that he really isn’t,” PPcorn wrote. “He calls them his ‘children’ and still loves performing them.”
Curb your Enthusiasm
Maybe friends go about giving feedback to their pals a different way. They could either come right out and say that what they are hearing is really great and tell their friend he or she did a great job or maybe not say anything at all and act weird until they are alone. Jagger chose the latter.
“When Keith Richards played his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, for his old partner, Mick reacted stoically,” Psychobabble wrote. “However, Keith said that as soon as he left the room to pee, he peeked back in to see Mick dancing to the music. When Keith returned, Mick was sitting quietly with his hands folded in his lap.”
33 or No?
Many times in the past, artists have claimed to be going down the path of retirement. They’ll say after a few more albums they are done or if such and such sells more albums than them they will we quit. Or some will choose an age and say once they reach that point, they are done. That is what Jagger did.
“In 1972, Jagger pledged to quit his rock star lifestyle when he was 33 years old,” PPcorn wrote. “Clearly (and thankfully for the rest of us), that didn’t pan out.” And aren’t we all glad that didn’t happen?
Where would he be?
There are always those questions that come around to celebrities. Who is their other favorite celebrity? What do they do in their free time? How long have you wanted to do what you do? And the ultimate question, where would they be if they weren’t doing what they are doing now? What do you think Mick Jagger would be up to?
“When asked what he’d be doing if the Rolling Stones didn’t end up hitting it big, Jagger said he might be helping out the situation in Africa…or he might be a ballet dancer,” wrote PPcorn.