Mick Jagger by Philip Norman

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It has to be said that the second half of this biography flags and becomes just a little repetitious. There is too much about Jagger mingling with the aristocrats, too many scenes of drug-taking, too much of both together...
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Author Phillip Norman, whose previous bestseller, John Lennon: The Life, was praised as a “haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work” (New York Times Book Review) and whose classic Shout! is widely considered to be the definitive biography of the Beatles, now turns his attention to the iconic front man of the Rolling Stones, “the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.” Norman’s Mick Jagger is an extraordinarily detailed and vibrantly written in-depth account of the life and half-century-long career of one of the most fascinating and complex superstars of rock music—the most comprehensive biography to date of the famously enigmatic musician. Keith Richards had his say in Life. Now it’s time to get to know intimately the other half of the duo responsible for such enduring hits as “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Mick Jagger is a must read for Stones fans, and everyone who can’t get enough of the serious memoirs and biographies of popular musicians, like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler, and the Warren Zevon story, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.
 

About Philip Norman

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Philip Norman is an award-winning novelist and biographer who, in 1969-70, was assigned to cover from the inside the breakup of Beatles' own business utopia, Apple Corps. He is the author of Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation, Rave On: The Biog-raphy of Buddy Holly, and many other books. He lives in London.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Ecco. 641 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Julie Burchill on Oct 20 2012

Large though this book is, it labours in the shadow of other tomes both written and unwritten, and one of them is of course Richards's brilliant, bestselling autobiography Life, published in 2010.

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Reviewed by Fiona MacCarthy on Oct 04 2012

It has to be said that the second half of this biography flags and becomes just a little repetitious. There is too much about Jagger mingling with the aristocrats, too many scenes of drug-taking, too much of both together...

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Reviewed by Glen Boyd on Oct 17 2013

Jagger himself doesn’t always come off like the angel driven white as snow Philip Norman often wants to depict here...But his tightrope career walk between manufactured street thug and pompous aristocrat always makes for fascinating reading, and Philip Norman pulls off the enviable trick of balancing those scales quite nicely.

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