A supreme extrovert who prefers discretion . . .
A supreme egotist who dislikes talking about himself . . .
Philip Norman has long towered above other rock biographers with his definitive studies of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Buddy Holly, and John Lennon--legends whom the world t...more
What's interesting and puzzling at the same time is how a man who is so controlling in what he wants to show the world (which isn't much in terms of his personal life) is so incredibly careless in having so many c...more
1. Jagger is a self obsessed mysoginist
2. He has only had one real relationship in his life and that is with Keith Richards. Keith claims to no longer know or understand him.
3. Money is Jagger's sole motivator and he will deceive friends and colleagues to ensure he gets more.
4. He has slept with a huge amount of women and a few men.
5. He is not a rebel but rather a middle class boy, we...more
First off, I am happy I finally finished a book this month! It’s about time!
Many people I have talked to have an opinion – Beatles or The Rolling Stones. And I’m not going to lie; I’m in the Beatles camp all the way. But when my husband showed up with this book from the library for me to read (long story short, he likes to surprise me with a book a month – my own personal book club. But with money constraints we’ve gone from purchasing a book a month to checking o...more
I'm not sure how anyone could make Mick Jagger's life seem boring, but that's the impression I got from this book. It was a major snoozefest through the first half. I was waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen, but no.
And this could be because, even though Norman can write beautifully, he writes from a distance. I never felt like I was ac...more
Rock n' Roll. You can't talk about it with out inevitably coming around to Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. Satisfaction, Midnight Rambler, You Can't Always Get What You Want. the Rolling Stones are the epitome of rock n' roll. And when you think of the Rolling Stones, you think of Mick Jagger, or Keith Richard, but he's a whole other story.
Mick Jagger captures the essence of a rock stars life in the 60's and 70's. A very successful rock star I'd say. What was the saying? Drugs, sex and rock...more
Didn't tell me much I didn't already know, altho was more of a portrayal of Mick being able to truly fall in love than I've seen before. Overall, Mick is still playing possum as much as possible.
Although many of the stories in this book have multiple versions through memory fog or a haze of drug use, Norman works to include all sides of th...more
I have mixed feelings after reading it. The author's dislike of Mick Jagger made it difficult for me to remain unbiased. I felt I had to read a lot "behind the words". This is true of course of every biography but in this case it felt like working.
As for the subject matter, I'm not the biggest Stones fan (I like The Kinks better), but this is a fascinating story. True Stones fans should love it, I would think.