Mick Jagger Wrote A Memoir In the 80s, But You’ll Never Be Able To Read It
‘I’ve got Mick Jagger’s lost memoir. It’s a little masterpiece, a 75,000-word time capsule. But you may never see it’… this is how this article in the Spectator starts and all I can say is that,… this is such a tease!
Mick Jagger has said he would never write a memoir, but the author of the article, London Publisher John Blak,e writes ‘Stuck in a secret hiding place right now I have Mick’s 75,000-word manuscript. It is an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time. (The other two, of course, are Elvis Presley and John Lennon.)’
But will we be able to read it? Probably not. Blake advances that Jagger could make more money from such a book than Keith Richards made from his 2010 memoir ‘Life’– but Jagger doesn’t need money.
How did this happen? How did this guy end up with Jagger’s bio? Here is the story. Blake co-wrote a book about the Stones in the 70’s, ‘Up and Down With The Rolling Stones’, and ‘Mick did not dislike it. Keith hated it’. Blake and Jagger became friends, and around that period, Jagger was paid an advance of £1 million to write his own book, in order to ‘close the floodgates for ever on all the unauthorized ones’. According to the official story, Mick jagger walked away from the project and gave the money back because ‘all the years of drugs and debauchery had addled his brain so badly that he could not remember anything’.
Blake, who was close to Jagger, also though it was the end of the story until, 3 years ago, a mutual friend handed him a manuscript written by Jagger himself. ‘This was the rock ’n’ roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls’, but according to Blake, the book was rejected by a publisher back in the 80s because ‘it was light on sex and drugs’… A sort of prowess if you are Mick Jagger!
Blake describes the manuscript as a ‘little masterpiece’, ‘a perfectly preserved time capsule’, written by the man standing in the middle of the myth, and partially destroying this myth: far from the fast-living guy image we are used to, Mick Jagger would retreat to backstage before a performance,… Regarding the extravagant demand of caviar and champagne they would ask before a performance… they would never eat any of it. ‘They took their shows far too seriously for that. He had carbs for an early lunch. Then water, ‘maybe eight pints’, because he’d lose ten pints on stage.’
Obviously, Blake wanted the book to be published, and Jagger’s manager responded encouragingly, but Jagger could not remember any manuscript. When he saw it, ‘he asked if he could write a foreword to establish that he wrote this story long ago and far away’… then? ‘Life took over. There was a tragic death, a tour, a film, a TV series, the Saatchi exhibition’, and I guess the manuscript was forgotten, and when Blake pushed it again, ‘Mick wanted nothing further to do with this project. He never wanted to see it published’.
So is this story totally over? How many books about the Stones have already been published? How many have sensationalized their life style and myth? Why wouldn’t Jagger want to straight things up with his own input? In an interview with the NY Times, Blake says that ‘It is delicious, heady stuff,’… ‘Like reading Elvis Presley’s diaries from the days before he grew fat and washed-up in Vegas.’… ‘It’s not sensational, it’s sweet, is what it is. It’s delightful,’ he added.
Mr. Blake, you are just a tease, saying this to millions of fans knowing they will never be able to read it, is a bit cruel. What’s the point? ‘It’s such a rare primary document that I kind of, like — I just thought the world would be interested to know about this. That was all,’ he concludes.
Oh well, I bet you feel the same, I can’t get no satisfaction from such a declaration.