Jagger by Marc Spitz
Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue

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An examination of Mick Jagger’s spectacular life and the cultural revolution he led as the legendary front man of the Rolling Stones.

As the Rolling Stones celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, their legendary front man remains an enigma; he hasn’t given an in-depth interview in a decade and a half. Drawing on firsthand recollections from rockers, filmmakers, writers, and other artists who have been transformed by Mick Jagger’s work, acclaimed music journalist Marc Spitz  has created  a unique  examination  of the Jagger legacy. Combining biography with cultural history, Jagger unfolds like a captivating documentary, a series of episodes tracing the icon’s rise from his childhood in middle-class postwar London to his status as a jet-setting knight.

Culturally astute, often funny, and painstakingly researched, Jagger offers a far richer potrait than biographies published previously. The book reveals much about his relationships (with Marianne Faithfull and ex-wives Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall); his complex, creative partership with Keith Richards; his friends, including John Lennon and David Bowie; and his enemies, such as Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger. Spitz goes even deeper, exploring Jagger’s many roles: authentic  soul man; powerful social commentator; sexual liberator; would-be movie star; and a shrewd  businessman with an enthusiasm for much younger women. The myth of Mick is examined and rebooted for the twenty-first century.


About Marc Spitz

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Marc Spitz has written and produced numerous novels, plays, and biographies, including We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk (with Brendan Mullen), How Soon Is Never: A Novel, Bowie: A Biography, and Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue. His writing on rock 'n' roll and popular culture has appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Uncut, Nylon, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. He blogs at marcspitz.com. Spitz lives in New York City.
Published September 8, 2011 by Gotham Books. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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When Keith Richards’s “Life” arrived last year, nice things were said about Mr. Richards, whose book said nasty things about Mick Jagger.

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Publishers Weekly

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As Spitz (Bowie: A Biography) writes: "When we think of the Rolling Stones, we think of the heart and we think of the groin.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Spitz implies (and Richards’ book affirms) that Mick and Anita began an off-screen physical relationship matching their roles in the movie, and explains it away like this: “Most likely … [screenwriter and co-director Donald] Cammell is the villain here, and if Mick is guilty of anything, it’s of ...

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There’s only one reason for this book to exist: to redress the nasty bruising Mick Jagger took in Life, last year’s blockbuster memoir by bandmate Keith Richards.

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