Mick Jagger

ARTICLE ABOUT Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) FROM New Musical Express, January 28, 1967

Some interesting tidbits in this one. Not sure if Mick really listened to the new Beatles single, but still – some great discussion about their own single. This surely were a completely different time than we`re living in now.
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Jagger scorns critics

By Keith Altham

THOSE naughty Rolling Stones — the ones who write wicked things like “Let’s Spend The Night Together” — wouldn’t go on the nice man’s roundabout last Sunday. If that sounds frivolous considering the recent contention over the group’s refusal to mount the revolving circus-rostrum after their Palladium TV last Sunday, it reflects Mick Jagger’s own views when I spoke to him on Monday.
He had just finished a piano lesson and proved to be in good form.
“Ello Keef — controversial Mick ‘ere,” he rasped in suitably moronic tones. “Straight from my record breaking run at the Palladium!”
WHY DID YOU REFUSE TO GO ON THE REVOLVING STAGE FOLLOWING THE FINALE OF THE PALLADIUM SHOW?

Pleased about row

“I thought we’d gone far enough by doing the show,” he said happily. “Anyhow, Andrew and I had a great row about it which made an excellent front page in the ‘Daily Mirror’ which I was very pleased with.
“The only reason we did the show was because it was a good national plug — anyone who thought we were changing our image to suit a family audience was mistaken.
“There was no question of our having to change the lyric of ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’
“Let’s face it, the BBC are playing it and you can’t get much `Auntier’ than them — we had to change it for America because the Ed Sullivan Show was the one plug we were doing on the record and they wouldn’t let us perform it without changing the lyrics.”

DON’T YOU THINK SOME OF YOUR REMARKS MIGHT HAVE ANTAGONISED THE AUDIENCE?
“I only yelled out things like ‘Hello Fruity’ because there were two girls waving a huge poster with ‘Fruity Mick’ written on it.”

WERE YOU ABLE TO SEE THE SHOW AFTERWARDS?
“Yes — Paul video-taped it for us on his machine and Keith and I went round to his place to see it.”

PAUL McCARTNEY?
“No Paul Asher! I thought it was people making pathetic remarks about pop stars. Dave Allen’s remarks about us weren’t funny – they were pathetic and they all take it so seriously. You should see them practising back stage.
“I thought the sound we got was better than any other group has achieved but the camera angles were terrible. Someone accused us of ruining the show – how can you ruin a show with two camera shots.
“Do you know they had four cameras there — two of them must have been out of action.
“I see someone wrote that Shani Wallis was the star of the show.
“I remember her — she’s in the shampoo ads isn’t she?”

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SEEING THAT SOME RETAILERS ARE RETURNING “RUBY TUESDAY” AS THE ‘A’ SIDE FOR YOUR NEW SINGLE (No. 20 in the NME Chart) ARE YOU STILL CONVINCED “LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER” IS THE BETTER NUMBER OF THE TWO?
“I think that it’s very important to be able to dance to our singles and `Let’s Spend The Night Together’ is the best dance number.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CRITICISM THAT YOUR LAST FEW SINGLES HAVE SOUNDED VERY SIMILAR — PARTICULARLY THE DRUM PATTERNS?
“That’s because Charlie can’t play anything else — I think some people have got tin ears that’s what I think!”

ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THE NEW CHRIS FARLOWE SINGLE YOU PRODUCED?
“I’m pleased you asked me that — especially as I asked you to. I’m very pleased with it. It’s called ‘My Way Of Giving’ — it’s released next week and Steve Marriott who wrote it needs the money, so I hope it’ll be a big hit.
“We also recorded ‘Yesterday’s Papers’ with Chris off our own LP but Steve’s composition turned out better.”

WHEN WILL THE ROLLING STONES PERFORM LIVE NEXT?
“Quite soon — what I want to do is have a show for young people which is not just pop stars coming on stage singing their latest recordings. I want it to include all kinds of acts — a stage show — except at the end we’ll go round on a revolving stage, leaping about for an hour to make up for the Palladium.
“Oh, and the ice creams will all have acid in them — that’s my brother’s idea!”

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE PRESENT TREND FOR GROUPS TO INCORPORATE FILM SHOWS AND SMASH UP CARS, TV SETS AND EQUIPMENT IN THEIR ACT DO YOU SEE ANY RADICAL CHANGES LIKELY IN THE STONES ACT?
“I suppose we could take an elephant on stage and break that up! Really the Who began all this smashing scene and they are the only group I like to see do it.
“With the others it’s just a case of finding bigger things to smash — someone will take a bus on stage soon and smash that up.
“I went to one of those ‘smashing happenings’ at the London Roundhouse a few weeks back. I thought everyone would be freaking out and wearing weird clothes but they were all wandering around in dirty macs — it was the most boring thing I’ve ever seen.
“Paul McCartney thought everyone would be wearing weird clothes have been very lonely for him, ‘cos and he went as an Arab, which must when I went there wasn’t another Arab in sight.”

HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEW BEATLES SINGLE?
“Yes and I can’t say anything about it. I like both sides equally.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF JIMI HENDRIX’S STAGE ACT ?
“I dig it — nice atmosphere in the club where I saw him. Most sexual thing I’ve seen for a long time!”

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ARTICLE ABOUT Mick Jagger FROM NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, MARCH 18, 1972

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Here is a really interesting interview with Mick Jagger, done in a break while mixing what would become the “Exile On Main Street” LP. In this interview he is talking politics, and he really slams down hard on the Tories, but also on British apathy and censorship. It is a good read, and what I would call a “period piece” that gives younger people a glimpse of these (thankfully?) forgotten times.

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Jagger slams Britain

From Roy Carr in the U.S.

“It`s disgusting,” Mick Jagger exploded in anger when I talked to him in Hollywood about the latest developments in the Tory Government`s Night Assemblies Bill*(Blog Editor`s Note) and its new and ominous threat to Civil Rights.

(*The original formulation of the Night Assemblies Bill made it a criminal offence to hold a gathering of 1000 people or more in the open air for any period of 3 hours between midnight and 6 a.m. without applying to a local authority 4 months beforehand and without giving certain financial guarantees).

Often misconstrued and publicly pilloried for his outspoken anti-Establishment views, Jagger doesn`t however, advocate the guerilla tactics of the street fighting man.
“What`s needed is another kind of direct action,” he scowled. “The British public should openly flout the Tory Government. And voting is no good, because it never works. When it does work you usually have to wait for years for it to come into effect.
“The best thing would be for a load of our top bands to turn up somewhere – assemble a large crowd – and do a gigantic free gig. If they did then you be sure I`d be there.”
Surrounded by a bank of silent brightly lit vending machines, plus Rolling Stones Records Executive Marshall Chess and the lithe and lovely Chris O`Dell, Jagger relaxed and spoke freely during a break in the final mix-down sessions for the Stones` impending double-album.

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We were in the rest room of an air-cooled studio along Hollywood`s Sunset Strip and, obviously well pleased with his initial statement, Jagger made himself comfortable and continued while the hard, fast-rockin` sounds of a number he described as “Turd On The Run” acted as a continuous back-drop to our lengthy conversation.
“My slogan is: `Good Government Is No Government`. England doesn`t need a Government because it can govern itself…
“I honestly believe that, because it does govern itself,” he added, directing this personal philosophy at Marshall Chess, who was listening somewhat bemusedly.
“I honestly believe Britain would be better off with no Government than the present Tory one,” Jagger continued. “The trouble is that both Heath and Wilson are just as bad as each other…they`re two of a kind.
“This present Government has got to go. Heath isn`t going to last for very long, and before you know it, he`ll be out. And as for the police – they should all retire. I mean they`re all disgusting…England is just falling to pieces.”

Suddenly Jagger clapped his hands together and in a loud voice he bellowed, “There`s absolutely no solidarity.” It was an action which momentarily attracted the attention of Keith Richard, who popped out from the control room.
Jagger`s opinion was: “The trouble is that English people take everything lying down. Nobody is going to feel sorry for England if the people continue to take everything in this position.
“For instance, you can serve cold potatoes to English people for ever – and they won`t send them back.
“From what I can see, it seems as though the only people who care nowadays are the kids. And everything`s being done to keep them down.”

Adding more fuel to the fire, Jagger suggested that: “People shouldn`t take any notice of the Tory Government, period. Or whatever Bills they pass. I think that all those kids who are over 18 years old, and even those who aren`t old enough to vote, should openly register their disapproval by assembling a large crowd.
“Despite what the Government says the people should still go ahead and have a few rock festivals and then see what happens. As far as I can see this thing is being done very underhanded…it`s all very nasty.”

Jagger concedes that sufficient space, catering and sanitary facilities should be of prime importance at festivals. But he added: “Most of the British festivals have been all right. Even the Isle of Wight was quite peaceful.
“Quite frankly I don`t know what the Government is worried about. But maybe they`re not worried. They just wanna have a go at the kids.
“Let`s face it, the Tories aren`t in a good position. And if they get away with this Bill, then they`re really going to try and enforce other measures to restrict people`s freedom.
“If they banned football matches then they`d see some trouble. Just let them start that – and see what happens.”

Jagger says he regards the Night Assemblies Bill as just an initial move by the British Government to suppress and limit the freedom of this country`s youth…in the very same way, he says, that other European nations have clamped down.
“For instance,” he began, “you can`t do anything in France. They keep the kids totally tied down and in the gutter. Italy is just the same, and it looks as though these same kind of restrictions are going to be enforced in England.

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“Since they came into power, Heath`s Government has succeeded in making a mess of just about everything. They started off with Rhodesia…sold arms to South Africa…and got involved in a terrible mess in Ireland.
“None of these things should have happened, but they did, and Heath has only made things worse. And if that`s not enough we had the miner`s strike.”

Jagger then voiced the opinion that among the worst offenders against freedom was the BBC in that not only did it have a monopoly, but control the freedom of speech on radio. He offered the mass media`s refusal to air Paul McCartney`s new single as a prime example.
“It`s important we should have our own radio. All the excuses given by the BBC are nothing but pure bullshit. The Tory Government will never give free radio to anybody, because they are afraid that people will say things they don`t approve of.
“All these other reasons are side-issues. The truth is that they are afraid of anyone saying the things that were said on Radio Caroline. You know the kinda things…Up with this, down with that and fuck the Government.”

He concluded: “England has always had a malaise of not caring. People take everything lying down. They are content to let the country be run by a load of misguided right-wingers.”
When I asked Jagger why he felt that Great Britain was no longer Great he gave a wry smile.
“It`s due,” he said, “to me leaving.”

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The charts that week in musical history.

This number of the NME also contains articles/interviews with these people: Mama Cass, Another Jagger interview, Don McLean, Humble Pie, Family, Paul Samwell-Smith, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Randy Newman, Michael Jackson, Ian Hunter, The Hollies, Ian Gillan.

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