Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Mick Jagger is known as the controversial, oversized-lipped, front man of the Rolling Stones. For over four decades, he and the Rolling Stones have smashed the music industry with such albums as The Rolling Stones (1964), Let it Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile on Main Street (1972), The Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges to Babylon (1997) and A Bigger Bang (2005). The band also collected a huge amount of fans through their singles, including the well-known “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1964), “Paint It Black” (1966), “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968), “Honky Tonk Woman” (1969), “Brown Sugar” (1971), “Tumbling Dice” (1972), and “Sweet Neo Con” (2005). Jagger also generated some hubbub with his four solo albums: She’s the Boss (1985), Primitive Cool (1987), Wandering Spirit (1993), and the mediocre Goddess in the Doorway (2001). As a music producer, Jagger and Dave Stewart won a Golden Globe Award for their soundtrack of Alfie (2004), “Old Habits Die Hard.”
Outside the band, Jagger has built a substantial career on the screen. He played several roles, such as an Australian outlaw in the biopic Ned Kelly (1970), Antonin Artaud in the short drama Wings of Ash: Pilot for a Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud (1978), the rock singer Mick in Running Out of Luck (1987) and Luther in The Man from Elysian Fields (2001). He also took a part in the comedy series “Let’s Rob …” (2006).
Jagger’s daily life as a celebrity has been colorful. In his early years with the Stones, the vocalist was arrested on drug charges in Britain with band mate Keith Richards, in 1967. During the 60s-70s, he and the Stones exiled to France in order to escape English tax problems. He had also been a member of the Kabbalah religion, with partner Jerry Hall, since 1999, but reportedly gave up the belief after the church constantly asked for money. In 2003, after being named the 83rd “Worst Briton” in Channel
Four’s poll, Jagger was controversially crowned a knight by Queen Elizabeth II, despite his earlier scandals.
Jagger has also been scrutinized for his love life. He once dated Marsha Hunt, the mother of his first daughter Karis Jagger, but broke off the relationship as soon as he became acquainted with Bianca de Macias (later known as Bianca Jagger). In May 1971, they got married, and at the end of the year, Jade Jagger was born. During the marriage, Jagger reportedly had an affair with Texas supermodel Jerry Hall. Jagger-Macias eventually divorced in 1980, and four years later, Hall gave birth to Jagger’s third child, Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger. The second child of Jagger-Hall, James Leroy Augustin Jagger, was born in 1988, and in 1990, they married while vacationing in Bali. The couple had two more children, Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger and Gabriel Luke Beauregard, before separating in 1999 by means of an annulment. The separation was triggered by a DNA report, which proved the claim of model Luciana Gimenez that she was pregnant with Jagger’s child. Jagger-Gimenez’ son Lucas Jagger was born in 1999. Jagger is now romantically involved with fashion stylist L. Wren Scott. In early 2006, they were rumored to be planning a wedding.
Childhood and Family:
Michael Philip Jagger, who would later be famous as Mick Jagger, was born on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, UK. The oldest son of Joe Jagger and Eva Jagger, Mick is also the only brother of musician Chris Jagger (born on August 5, 1949).
Mick attended the Dartford Maypole County Primary School in Kent, where he studied with future musical collaborator and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Discovering a passion for rock & roll in high school, he formed a band called Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys. Mick, whose trademark is his oversized lips, also built an interest in business, which influenced his decision to study at the London School of Economics.
The flamboyant Mick broke up his former relationship after meeting social and political activist Bianca Perez Morena de Macias (later known as Bianca Jagger). They married on May 12, 1971, but divorced eight years later. Mick and Bianca share a daughter named Jade Jagger (born in October 1971), who gave them granddaughters Amba (born in 1996) and Assisi (born on July 3, 1992). After the two broke up, Mick was romantically involved with model Jerry Hall (born on May 2, 1945) and they had lived together since 1977 before finally getting married on November 21, 1990 (in a Hindu ceremony on the Bali Island). On August 13, 1999, Mick and Jerry separated. However, their Hindu wedding ceremony was illegal under British law and, therefore, prevented the couple from getting a divorce. Thus, they decided to annul the marriage. From the partnership, the couple has two daughters: Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger (model; born in 1984) and Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger (born on January 12, 1992), and two sons: James Leroy Jagger (born in 1985) and Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger (born on December 9, 1997). Mick is also the father of daughter Karis Jagger (born in 1970; mother: actress Marsha Hunt) and son Lucas Morad Jagger (born on May 17, 1999; mother: Luciana Giminez Morad).
Accidentally meeting his former schoolmate Keith Richards on a train platform, Mick Jagger and Richards decided to form a band with Jagger as the lead singer (also harmonica and occasional keyboards and guitar) and Richards as the main guitarist. They recruited Brian Jones (2nd guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drum), and in 1962, officially set up the Rolling Stones. Originally merging the rock & roll of Chuck Berry with the raw blues of Muddy Waters, the band soon became the rival of the renowned Beatles.
Jagger and the Rolling Stones exploded on the music industry with their first recording, The Rolling Stones (1964). Its singles “The Last Time” and the legendary “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” became their earliest number 1 hits in the UK. Thanks to his boosted fame, Jagger appeared in the musical TV shows “Thank Your Lucky Stars” (1965), “Ready, Steady, Go!” (1966) and “The London Palladium Show” (1967). He also composed a song for the short drama Match Girl (1966) and “As Tears Goes By” for Made in U.S.A. (1966, unaccredited).
Meanwhile, during 1966-1969 Jagger and the band did a world tour, performing hits like “Let’s Spend the Night Together” (1967) and “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968). The latter track was put into the 1968 Jean-Luc Godard’s documentary Sympathy for the Devil, whereas their 1966 song “Paint It Black” was included in the pre-Woodstock documentary Monterey Pop (1968). Still in 1968, the Stones launched Beggar’s Banquet before being scandalized by Brian Jones’ suicide. The Rolling Stones created a new formation with Mick Taylor as second guitarist and recorded Let it Bleed (1969), with the single “Honky Tonk Woman.”
After completing a North American tour with the Stones, the lead vocalist delved into a new facet of show business: acting. He costarred as the retired rock star Turner, opposite James Fox, in the drama Performance (1970). In the film, Jagger also sang and wrote the lyrics for “Memo from T.” The same year, he took the titular role of an Australian outlaw in the biopic Ned Kelly (1970) and sang “The Wild Colonial Boy” for the movie (unaccredited).
Rejoining the Rolling Stones, Jagger launched Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out (1970) before working on their most popular album, Sticky Fingers (1971). Sticky Fingers, with its hit singles “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar,” catapulted the Stones’ name even higher. The recording was soon ensued with the double album Exile on Main Street (1972), which set off singles like “Tumbling Dice” and “All Down The Line.” They achieved endless record sales with a number of singles like “Angie” (1973), “It’s Only Rock and Roll” (1974), “Hot Stuff” (1976) and “Respectable” (1978). Amid their journey, guitarist Ron Wood replaced Mick Taylor in 1974.
Outside the band, Jagger provided soundtracks for several movies, including Umano non umano (1972), where he also played a role. After putting some of the Stones’ songs on the soundtracks for Mean Streets (1973), Angst vor der Angst (1975, TV) and The Best of the Rolling Stones (1977), the eccentric performer returned to acting with the title turn in the short drama Wings of Ash: Pilot for a Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud (1978). He also appeared as himself in the made-for-TV musical comedy The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978).
With the Stones, in 1980, Jagger released the platinum recording Emotional Rescue, and followed it up with Tattoo You (1981), an album preceding their big world tour. Their next album, Undercover (1983), went on to success, despite serious arguments with Richards about what kind of music to play. Jagger, who played the Emperor in an episode of “Faerie Tale Theatre” (1983), then tried his hand as a storywriter in the drama comedy Blame It on the Night (1984, also had a small part as Dalton).
After several screen gigs and the later dispute with Richards, Jagger also wanted a solo career. In May 1984, Jagger recorded “State of Shock” with The Jacksons before working on his first solo album; She’s the Boss, three months later. Released on February 25, 1985, the platinum album reached the 6th position in the UK and the 13th spot in the US. Its single “Just Another Night” became the US No. 12 hit and “Lucky in Love” survived as one of the Top 40 positions.
At the Live Aid benefit concert in July 1985, Jagger made his first solo live appearance with David Bowie, singing the UK No.1 “Dancing in the Street.” It was followed with his second solo album Primitive Cool (1987), spawning the single “Let’s Work.” The lukewarm response for the sophomore solo work was smartly covered by a successful 1988 tour in Japan. As a screen performer, Jagger took on multiple tasks in the adventure movie Running Out of Luck (1987), where he starred as the kidnapped rock singer Mick, as well as served as the co-writer and executive producer.
With the Stones, Jagger worked on Steel Wheels (1989) and performed in a major worldwide tour before facing the departure of bassist Bill Wyman. Still eager to work on his solo career, Jagger made an acting performance as ruthless bounty hunter Victor Vacendak in the sci-fi action Freejack (1992), before releasing his third album Wandering Spirit (1993). Spawning the UK 24th hit, “Sweet Thing,” the 1993 recording climbed to the 12th position on the UK charts.
The Voodoo Lounge (1994) album of the Rolling Stones became one of the successful works of the band and its world tour was named the biggest tour in rock history. Attempting to sustain the sensation, in 1997 the band launched the longed-for Bridges to Babylon and did a lucrative two-year tour. The live performance was then recorded in an album titled No Security (1998), which apparently became only a mediocre achievement.
In the meanwhile, Jagger founded Jagged Films in 1995, attempting to promote international feature films with unlimited topics and genres. Subsequent to his silver screen appearance as drag queen nightclub owner Greta/George in Bent (1997), he produced the British spy drama Enigma (2001, also played a cameo role as a soldier in a bar) and costarred alongside Andy Garcia in the drama The Man from Elysian Fields (2001, as Luther). Jagger then launched his fourth solo album titled Goddess in the Doorway (2001). The recording was a failure, but the single “God Gave Me Everything I Want” went to the top of Canadian charts and later was on the soundtrack for Bruce Almighty (2003). In 2004, Jagger produced the short comedy The Women, as well as teamed up with Dave Stewart to write and produce “Old Habits Die Hard” for Charles Shyer’s remake of Alfie. This successful collaboration finally garnered him a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
After a long break, Jagger reunited with his band and launched their comeback album, A Bigger Bang (2005). The album included the song “Sweet Neo Con,” whose lyrics openly attack the presidency of George W. Bush. The band went on with several stage performances, including performing in the Super Bowl Half Time Show (February 2006) and Shanghai (April, 2006). Returning to the screen, Jagger is set to play a role in the sitcom “Let’s Rob …” (2006), for director Rob Burnett.
- Golden Globe: Best Original Song, “Old Habits Die Hard” (for Alfie), shared with Dave Stewart, 2005