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Mick Jagger Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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‘Commendable thoroughness, engaging wit and boundless energy, much as Jagger has shown over the decades’ Mail on Sunday

‘Hugely readable’ The Guardian

‘One of Norman’s triumphs in Mick Jagger is to chart the decade’s evolution as well as his progress within it’ Sunday Express

‘The most ambitious and comprehensive Jagger biography to date’ Rolling Stone

'Extremely well researched' Rolling Stone

‘Barnstorming…Norman has ploughed this terrain for much of his career, and brings to his subject both a deep fascination with the ecology of rock'n'roll plus a sharp eye for its absurdities’ The Observer

‘Norman’s book reads like a thrill ride. He captures as well as anybody that magical combination of youth, talent and low rent that would eventually become the Rolling Stones’ The New York Times


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‘Can there be more to find out (about Lennon)? And, can Philip Norman, the author of the new 300,000 word John Lennon: The Life, be serious when he tells The Word magazine, "Lennon deserves a real biography, as if he were John Keats or Mahatma Ghandi. Not a pop person but a major towering presence in his century?"  The answer to both questions is empahatically yes…And yes, Norman has unearthed some startling things.’
The Independent

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'Philip Norman's style is compelling',
Irish Times

‘Meticulously researched, compulsively readable book.’
Sunday Times Culture magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 39258 KB
  • Print Length: 1037 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062201530
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UK9JQ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Brian VINE VOICE on 17 April 2013
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Philip Norman has given us a well written , and somewhat lengthy insight into the life, loves, and times, of Britain's cheekiest little imp. Philip himself, makes no secret of the fact that this book is not an official biography , as he has only actually met, Sir Michael twice , and didn't really have any in depth conversations with him on either occasion. Philip admits that much of this book relies on third party accounts, from Mick's friends and associates, which he has pieced together. I have followed the exploits of the Rolling Stones myself, since their early days,and I am left wondering if Philip Norman actually knows Mick Jagger any more than me! Anyway, it is a good read , and there's the added bonus of a fair few photographs. I admire Mick Jagger's charisma, and when you consider all the antics that he got up to,as well as finding time to write and perform all those classic songs , it makes you wonder how he's done it all, and still managed to retain the figure that an eighteen year old girl would envy. When the Stones came out , my dad said they wouldn't last twelve months, but here they are after ftfty years,just about to start on another sellout tour. Indeed, Mick and the lads, just keep on rolling. Mick Jagger remains a truly enigmatic character, and this biography is a welcome addition , to Philip Norman's other books. I've got the hardback,which Amazon has at just under half price at the moment,although the best value is the kindle edition, and I would imagine that the Kindle Fire HD would do justice to the book's photos. Highly recommended for Rolling Stones fans, or anyone who just likes a good biography.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2013
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This is a long book, reflecting a long career as one of the most lauded rock and roll stars of all time. It was a fascinating read, but for all the wrong reasons. The author acknowledges from the start the difficulty of writing about a man so notoriously difficult to interview, get an opinion from or generally pin down in any way. It seems clear that Jagger has spent a large part of his fifty year career actively avoiding remembering anything at all. For this reason, the parts directly quoting Jagger or solely about him are quite dull. The author is forced to speculate and is quite uncharitable towards his celebrity subject. In part, I found this quite refreshing and it made the story more interesting that it clearly wasn't written by a doting sycophant keen to cast his hero in the best possible light.

The parts where the book really comes alive are when Norman writes about the other Stones and the events that can be indisputably chronicled; Brian Jones's death for example, and other, key moments in the Stones' history. This is because he is able to add colour and depth through the accounts of others. I think that if there weren't these moments, the book would be so dull it would be intolerable. As it is, it is quite a fascinating book, and much more of an easy read than I imagined when I picked up its vast bulk with trepidation.

I know very little about the Stones, coming to an appreciation of them later in my life, and this book is, in fact, the only book I've read about them, so I cannot tell how 'true' it is or how well researched it is, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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This is a most insightful and informative book. Philip Norman has produced a book that lays out an amazing wealth of information about Micks life, his interests, his romances, his affairs, the music, the business convolutions and so on....without ever heading into an area of judgement or sycophancy. He remains neutral, for the most part, and allows the reader to make up their own mind after hearing the evidence. The book was obviously written with the cooperation of those closest to Mick and those who were affected in some way by being involved with him in some context. So, no rehash of others books.

The most interesting part, for spectators, of a rocket lifting off for space is the launch. Something similar may also be said about the book, the first 500 pages take us up to the start of the 80's, the last 100 pages bring us up through the 30 years since then to the present. So, all the good meat, the main thrust of the book is in dealing with the first 20 years, but what years they were. The business practices detailed where rather eye opening!The other thing that really stuck in my mind is the way the country has changed so much over the years, the tenements, the motorways, mobile phones and so on, that I reckon if you brought someone from now and put them back in the 60's they would find it hard to deal with and vice versa.

I thought that it was a most enjoyable and interesting read, worth 5 stars actually. The reason I have docked this boo a star is because of the surprisingly poor construction of the copy I got from Amazon. It is warped slightly and this causes the photographic pages to become distorted and hard to look at. This is the first time I have ever got a brand new book that has this flaw. Anyway, hopefully other copies dont suffer the same problem.

Great reading!
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Format: Paperback
It is difficult to write yet another biography about a man when you would think everything that can be said has already been said about him. Particularly when a number of other artist have recent biographies out that share the same story, including both Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. Nevertheless I thought it was an interesting book which was both balanced and skillfully told. There are many references to his infidelities and his complex relationships with his long term partners. It also struck me as a miracle he has such a strong bond with all his seven children when he lived his family life so completely on his own terms. The book also focused on his love hate relationship with Keith Richards. The book took up the argument that Keith put forward in his own book `Life' that Jagger has a materialistic attitude and took control of the Rolling Stones in the 1980's. However, the book also suggests that because of Jagger's attitude the Stones were no longer ripped off by dishonest managers and promoters and grossed two billion dollars between 1989 to the present day. It also hints that Jagger and Richards are likely to have received the biggest share of this money but it seems all the Stones are worth tens of millions of dollars.
In my view this is a well written book that draws heavily from previous biographies about him and others who share the same story. If you wish to read a book about the life story of Mick Jagger, this one is probably your best bet.
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