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Mick Jagger [Hardcover]

Philip Norman
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4 Oct 2012

A miracle of still-plentiful hair, raw sex-appeal, and strutting talent . The frontman of one of the most influential and controversial groups of all time. A musical genius with a career spanning over four decades. He is a testament to British glamour, the ultimate architect and demi-god of rock.

Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause to Sixties rock sensation and global idol, Norman unravels with astonishing intimacy the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones. MICK JAGGER charts his extraordinary journey through scandal-ridden conspiracy, infamous prison spell, hordes of female admirers and a knighthood while stripping away the colossal fame, wealth and idolatry to reveal a story of talent and promise unfulfilled.

Understated yet ostentatious; the ultimate incarnation of modern man's favourite fantasy: 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll', yet blessed with taste and intelligence; a social chameleon who couldn't blend in if he tried; always moving with the Jagger swagger yet modest enough to be self-deprecating, Mick was a paradoxical energy that reconfigured the musical landscape.

This revelatory tour de force is ample tribute to a flawed genius, a Casanova, an Antichrist and a god who, with characteristic nonchalance realised the dreams of thousands of current contenders and rocker pretenders, longevity, while coasting on a sea of fur rugs.


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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007329490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007329496
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Norman was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the Sunday Times at the age of twenty-two, soon gaining a reputation as Atticus columnist and for his profiles of figures as diverse as Elizabeth Taylor, P. G. Wodehouse, Little Richard and Colonel Gaddafi. In 1981 he published SHOUT!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles that was a bestseller in both Britain and the US. He has also written the definitive lives of Sir Elton John and Buddy Holly.
His journalism has been published in three collections, THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER, TILT THE HOURGLASS AND BEGIN AGAIN, and THE AGE OF PARODY. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.

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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

About the Author

Philip Norman was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the Sunday Times at the age of twenty-two, soon gaining a reputation as Atticus columnist and for his profiles of figures as diverse as Elizabeth Taylor, P. G. Wodehouse and Colonel Gaddafi. In 1981 he published SHOUT!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles, a bestseller in both Britain and the US. He has also written the definitive lives of Sir Elton John and Buddy Holly and his journalism has been published in three collections. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnetic Mick. 17 April 2013
By Brian VINE VOICE
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Part of the job of `rock star' 23 Mar 2013
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Mick Jagger a man enigma a man who should put out a warts and all autobiography, This biography is OK it's as well researched as any book, but re-treads a lot of old ground without adding anything new. As other reviewers have said it could be taken with a pinch of salt let's face it over the years many things have been played up and exaggerated for effect, its part of the job of `rock star'.
As informative as any biography and has an easy reading style, which is to the credit of the author. Buy if you are a fan, if not then leave on the shelf and go and buy the music instead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you follow this ? 30 Jan 2013
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I reached the end of Philip Normans epic today, and have never been so sad to finish a book. I have read a lot of other biographies, some of which were about Mick Jagger but this is THE ONE. It is a gripping read from chapter one, and it has been a joy to read each one of the 597 pages. This book does not fall into the trap of highlighting the sensational, like so many others before, but gives a mind blowing amount of impartial information about all areas of this incredible life and career. I don't think you need to be a Stones fan to enjoy this, because it is a fabulous insight into music history. Did you have to 'be there' to fully appreciate Jagger's contribution ? I really don't think so, because we are still fortunate enough to be able to witness the supreme showman in action.(What did we do before Youtube?) This is as near as most of us will get to taking a look into the unique world of Rock Royalty, and lets face it , you couldn't make up crazier stuff than this. So...is he the supreme extrovert who prefers discretion, a supreme egotist who dislikes talking about himself ? Who knows, read this excellent book, and decide for yourself. It can't really be 50 years !!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Dec 2012
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I had read another biography a couple of months ago; Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger. It was really disappointing (not very detailed, focused on Mick's women, nothing on the Stones).

This one is way better. It is a daunting read (600 pages), but it reads itself. It is well written, obviously well researched, and has a good mix of tittle-tattle (his sex life), social history (his drug busts), Stones stories (the organisation of the tours, the genesis of the songs, the musicians), and background (their first clubs and playlists, with reasons).

All in all, very satisfying.

(I wish I had led his life!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling read 9 Jun 2014
By happy2
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Mr Norman could write about any subject and he could make it interesting. Try it for those long journeys home on Friday nights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fathers Day Gift 22 May 2014
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Dads always been a big fan so he absolutely loved it for Fathers day. He added to say that this has been the best among the piles of other Jagger ones so definitely recommend but if they've got one then it might be more of the same thing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazin g 24 Mar 2014
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This is a very long book but once started you cannot put down well worth the read expecially if you were born and bed in the sixties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enigma that is Mick Jagger 23 Jan 2014
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Jagger must have had a gremlin looking over his shoulder all those years. The gremlin's name was Philip Norman. This is such a detailed record, it's difficult to believe Norman wasn't there. Jagger seems a difficult person to like and his treatment of the women in his life is disgraceful. How he demands paternity tests and tries to wriggle out of the 'marriage that wasn't' in Bali to poor old Jerry Hall. He's got seven children - it's a wonder there aren't more. I love the Stones music and have always been aware of tensions within the band, and it's fascinating to read the background to these. It took me ages to read all 600 pages of this book but it's the sort of book you can put down and come back to. Reading it brings back all the excitement, buzz and scandals of the 60s: the Redlands drug bust, the 'Mars bar' incident, Altamount etc. It's all there, and more.
But do I know what makes Mick tick? No. He is an astute and savvy business man, maltreater and user of women, superb showman, rude, arrogant, stingy and generous, charming when he chooses to be and with surprising moments of vulnerability. It dwells a lot on the women in his life: Chrissie, Marianne, Bianca, Jerry, Angelina Jolie (and many more). The way he deals with his relationships (with both men and women)say a lot about the character of the man. It must be difficult to be in his skin. If you read no other biography of Mick Jagger, read this one. It won't leave you wanting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - Keith-bashing aside
Being a big Rolling Stones fan, this was an essential read for me. I had read and enjoyed Phillip Norman's recent book on Lennon, and have read Keith Richards' book, 'Life'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Since i'm a stones fan and have read Keith Richards book and Marianne Faithfulls book also Eric Clapton I knew roughly a bit of what to expect and have also read some of Jerry Hall... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ev_Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a gas, gas, gas
Good hagiography for one of the greatest icons of the 1960's. Don't ever get old Mick. We want to see your Glastonbury Concert in 2023.
Published 11 months ago by Richard Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
What a man what a book what else can I say about the best of the best great insight to a great man
Published 11 months ago by Yvonne Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars kindle purchase
Bought on kindle for my husband for christsmas and the other write-up reviews were good so i am hoping he will enjoy it once he gets round to rading it with the other purhases of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by anita
4.0 out of 5 stars Long live Mick
This is long, but it is well worth it. The slow bits are more than compensated for by the insights.
Published 12 months ago by Happy 13
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit boring
This is a moderately interesting book for readers who do not know much of the Rolling Stones history. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Matthijs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about greatest front man ever.
I've been a Stones fan forever and have read many books about them, quite a lot focusing on Keith Richards, who I must admit is my favourite. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michelle Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars Jagger
A brilliant book for any rolling Stones fan , a fascinating inside look at this very special guy who has changed music forever
Published 15 months ago by A.J.REID
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