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Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue (2011)

by Marc Spitz

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For my review of this book please visit my blog: Martin's View: Jagger. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past 50 years, Mick Jagger is the lead singer of the Rolling Stones: a rock band of such mind-blowing coolness that not even having their songs sung on Glee can diminish their awesomeness.

With the band’s upcoming golden anniversary and the recent publication of band member Keith Richards’ autobiography, it’s the perfect time for a biography that will separate Jagger-the-myth from Jagger-the-man.

Mark Spitz’s Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue is not that biography.

The greatest weakness of Spitz’s book is that he devotes very little time to Mick Jagger. After giving a brief sketch of Jagger’s pre-Stone life, Spitz starts discussing everyone and everything but his supposed subject. As a consequence, readers are given more insight into such figures as Anita Pallenberg and Truman Capote than they are into Jagger.

When Spitz does write directly about Jagger, he usually does so in such a generalized way that he could almost be talking about any of the Stones. He also has a tendency to skip over all but the most important events in Jagger’s life.

What keeps me from completely dismissing this book is that Spitz is at least accurate. Unlike so many celebrity biographers, he doesn’t try to pass off urban legends as fact. This makes Jagger a useful reference tool, even if it doesn’t make it an enthralling read.

When discussing Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil, Spitz quotes Mick Farren’s summation of the film: “It meant well but it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know.” The same can be said of Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue.

Received via Netgalley.

I originally wrote this review for The Chant Online in 2011. It is reprinted with permission. ( )
  amanda4242 | Jan 13, 2016 |
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With a reporter's doggedness, a fan's zeal, and a stand-up's eye for absurd dteail, Marc Spitz makes the awfully compelling case that Mick Jagger's true talents have long gone underappreciated.
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This book ia a biography and cultural examination of the Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger's spectacular life and the cultural revolution he led. As the Rolling Stones' legendary front man Mick Jagger remains an enigma. He hasn't given an in-depth interview for a decade and a half and never commented on his friend and partner, Keith Richard's often critical biography. Drawing on firsthand recollections from rockers, filmmakers, writers, radicals, and other artists who have been transformed by Mick Jagger's work, the author, a music journalist, has created a unique examination of the Jagger legacy, debunking long held myths and restoring his status as a complicated artist. Combining biography with cultural history, the story 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. A culturally astute, often funny, and painstakingly researched read, the book offers a far richer portrait than biographies published previously. It reveals much about his relationships (with Marianne Faithfull and ex-wives Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall); his complex, creative partnership with Keith Richards; his friends like John Lennon and David Bowie; and enemies like Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger. The author goes even deeper, exploring Jagger's many roles: an authentic soul man; powerful social commentator; sexual liberator; would-be movie star; and yes, sometimes, a shrewd businessman with an enthusiasm for much younger women. The myth of Mick is examined and rebooted for the twenty-first century.… (more)

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