Mick by Christopher Andersen


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A book about a singer that pays no attention to his songs is simply an anthology of gossip


“He’s a smart little mother******,I’ll give him that.” —KEITH RICHARDS on MICK JAGGER

 IS he Jumpin’ Jack Flash? A Street Fighting Man? A Man of Wealth and Taste? All this, it turns out, and far more. By any definition, Mick Jagger is a force of nature, a complete original—and undeniably one of the dominant cultural figures of our time. Swaggering, strutting, sometimes elusive, always spellbinding, he grabbed us by our collective throat a half-century ago and—unlike so many of his gifted peers—never let go.

For decades, Mick has jealously guarded his many shocking secrets—until now. As the Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen tears the mask from rock’s most complex and enigmatic icon in a no-holds-barred biography as impossible to ignore as Jagger himself.

Based on interviews with friends, family members, fellow music legends, and industry insiders—as well as wives and legions of lovers—MICK sheds new light on a man whose very name defines an era and candidly reveals:

—New details about Jagger’s jaw-dropping sexual exploits with more than four thousand women (including Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Uma Thurman, and France’s First Lady Carla Bruni)—as well as his encounters with several of rock’s biggest male stars. Also, the day Mick’s wife Jerry Hall and Keith Richards pleaded with Jagger to seek treatment for sex addiction.

—The backstage drama surrounding Mick’s knighthood, and Jagger’s little-known ties to Britain’s Royal Family, including Prince William and Kate Middleton.

—What he really thinks of today’s superstars—including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber.

—Never-before-revealed, behind-the-scenes accounts of his often turbulent relationships—from his band-mates, ravenous groupies, and rabid fans to such intimates as Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Jackie Onassis, Bill Clinton, and others.

 —Cocaine, LSD, hashish, and speed—the flabbergasting truth about the extent of Jagger’s substance abuse, and how long it really went on.

—A rare glimpse into Mick’s business dealings and the killer instinct that has enabled him to amass a personal fortune well in excess of $400 million.

—The stormy “marriage” between Mick and Keith that nearly ran aground over Keith’s searing comments—and all the scandal, mayhem, excess, madness, and genius that went into making the Rolling Stones “the world’s greatest rock-and-roll band.”

Like its subject, this book is explosive and riveting—the definitive biography of a living legend who has kept us thrilled, confounded, and astounded.


About Christopher Andersen

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Christopher Andersen is the critically-acclaimed author of twenty-seven books that have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. With his international, newsmaking blockbusters-ten New York Times bestsellers in the last ten years alone-he has taken a place at the forefront of popular biographers. A former contributing editor of Time and senior editor of People, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including Life, the New York Times and Vanity Fair. A well-known media figure, Andersen has been featured frequently on numerous television shows including Today, Dateline, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, CBS News, Anderson Cooper 360, and Entertainment Tonight. He lives in Connecticut.
Published July 10, 2012 by Gallery Books. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, History, Travel. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Jul 29 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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Sep 01 2012

Those who know something about Jagger and care about rock ’n’ roll will learn little from this book.

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Reviewed by Dorian Lynskey on Aug 17 2012

A book about a singer that pays no attention to his songs is simply an anthology of gossip

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Reviewed by Carla Hay on Jul 09 2012

Instead of being described as a "tell all" book, "Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger" is better described as "told already."

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National Post arts

Reviewed by Shinan Govani on Jul 11 2012

...it’s a paint-by-the-numbers portrait, all things considered, but also hot tub reading at its very tingliest.

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Reviewed by Helen Brown on Aug 01 2012

Andersen’s book concentrates on the lurid tabloid dramas. You have to be fairly high-minded not to be curious.

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Reviewed by Craig Mathieson on Sep 09 2012

The book relies on a wealth of previously published material. The trials of Jagger's career...and his creative relationship with Keith Richards, are referenced without insight

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Entertainment Weekly

Reviewed by Ray Rahman on Jul 09 2012

Mick clocks in at 328 pages, each jam-packed with juiciness

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CTV News

Aug 08 2012

Andersen’s book takes readers on an illuminating journey into the 69-year-old singer’s sex life.

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