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Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger [Hardcover]

Christopher Andersen
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24 July 2012
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. 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. As the Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen builds on his earlier acclaimed book on Jagger to reveal the truth about 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. With never-before-revealed accounts of his often turbulent relationships from his bandmates, groupies and rabid fans to such intimates as Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Jackie Onassis and Bill Clinton this book is as explosive and riveting as its subject. The definitive biography of a living legend.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press (24 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543828
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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bonk-busting… You have to be fairly high-minded not to be curious --Weekly Telegraph

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Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of thirty books that have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, including fourteen New York Times bestsellers. he lives with his family in Connecticut, usa.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rock 'n roll? 27 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
I was looking forward to this read on the beach on my holidays. It rained, but that was not the main disappointment.

I have no objection to a little tittle tattle about a rock god, but this book is way over the top. Maybe Mick Jagger has slept with 4000 women (and boy is it difficult to keep up witht he few who are mentioned by name), but he is known primarliy for his career with the Rolling Stones. And this book delvers very little on that front.

I am no lover of detail - I wouldn't know the difference bewteen a Fender and a Stratocaster - but a book on Mick Jagger must include something about the music and the touring. A minimum effort at the very least. And there is close to nothing: who wrote what, when, how? Who decided what, why? What were the choices with regard to arrangements, producers, musicians, etc. Nothing.

Disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 25 July 2013
By Phil B
Format:Hardcover
I quite enjoyed the book, which is an unauthorised biography. It's readable, and relatively short, just over 300 pages, and it covers a large number of the details that have made the press during the past 50 years.

I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book, dealing with the 60s and 70s, which brought back many memories of the band's tempestuous early history. The latter part of the book dwelt, to a greater extent, on Mick's extensive love-life, and perhaps became a bit of a grind (sic) in places, but, as I said, the book seems to be concentrating primarily on the things that made the news.

When I read the book, I was unaware that Philip Norman has since put out a Jagger biography, or I might have gone for that instead, because I have read his 'John Lennon - A Life', which is superb.

Anyway, I did enjoy it overall, and it left me with some interesting new perspectives on Mick Jagger, who will turn 70 tomorrow! Roll on Mick!
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5.0 out of 5 stars xxx 31 Jan 2014
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Excellent transaction and delivery. Very good book although I already know most of the 6o's stuff.Recommended to any Rolling Stones fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect gift for christmas 17 Dec 2012
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bought this book for my dad,had a sneaky peek and loved the photographs.cant wait to resd it but must wait till dad reads it first,looks great.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hype and Speculation 10 July 2012
By Jabberwock - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't expect anyone to approve of this review, and that's fine. Because unlike the author of the book, I'm telling the truth.

I was part of the music scene in the 1960s. I have also written (and read many) biographies. I'd hoped this book would be a true story about Mick's life, but the author makes assumptions, "quotes" things people said while alone one-on-one forty-five years ago, tells in detail what people did while completely and utterly alone, and fails to give any footnotes or a bibliography for what at best are educated speculations and at worst are flat-out lies. It gives a canary/butter/sunny neon yellow tinge to the term "yellow journalism."

The Stones have always been my favorite rock group. I spent marginal time with them during the 1960s and I've seen them time and again, from the first tame (and yes, they were tame) American concerts in 1964 through the E-ticket Disneyland rides decades later. A lot of what the author seems to think went on just didn't happen. I was there and I have absolutely no reason to lie.

I don't get it. Why write another National Enquirer-quality book about a cultural icon ... other than to make a buck? Why not research the truth, footnote direct quotes, and otherwise prove that your guesses and speculations are true? Some of us might actually read it.

I gave this two stars because I only found about two dozen typos, and considering the length of this often-boring and extremely questionable book, that's kind of remarkable. In reality, I'm grossly disappointed that Mick has sunk low enough after the Saturday Night Live debacle to allow this book to be published.
47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wishful Thinking Doesn't Necessarily Result In A Good Book 21 July 2012
By Crabigail Cassidy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because I thought it might be interesting. Truth is, it might be interesting to some people who want to read a trashy work of fiction inspired by heresay about a real person. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a pretty good formula for book sales. The problem with this book is that it relates a lot of tawdry tales about a supposedly bisexual Jagger hopping into bed with so many people that it would be a wonder if the man could walk let alone perform on stage after his many sex sessions. Above and beyond that, most of what is recalled here really can't be substantiated through multiple or even reputable sources.
When you strip away the glitz of Jagger's persona what remains is a boring book that isn't remotely compelling and not particularly well written. I had a very difficult time reading this book because it was boring.
Since Jagger's life has been played out publicly for 5 decades, I expected this book to be a legitimate biography based on documented fact since there is plenty of material out there. Problem is this is a jumble of junk.
I'm mad that I spent money on this book, but in this case I have no one to blame except myself.
39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What rubbish 16 July 2012
By Boxodreams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Honestly, I don't know what the hell was true. The women rolled in and out as if on a conveyor belt. The men, almost, too. The writing quality of this thing is absolute trash. Keith Richards, with a little help, wrote a real humdinger, full of insight, great stories, context, frank admissions, music and the rock 'n roll life of the man who laid down the blueprint for thousands to follow. This thing here is a catalog of crud. If it's all true, get a real writer to put it in readable semblance. Mick Jagger is a brilliant artist, one of the greatest songsmiths, recording artists and performers in the history of, at least, recorded music. What value, exactly, are we getting out of this mess?
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tabloid Trash of the Worst Sort 15 Sep 2012
By Terry Sunday - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My reviews normally run to about 500 words or so. This one is a lot shorter. The reason is that I have neither the time nor the inclination to write that much about this book.

Suffice it to say that "Mick" is bad--really, really bad. I've never read even a single sentence in "The National Enquirer," so I can't really say for sure, but I imagine that tabloid rag would be much the same as this book. "Mick" is a seemingly endless chronology of Mick Jagger's sexual exploits, real or imagined, and that's about it. If you're looking for a thoughtful biography of the Rolling Stones' singer/songwriter, insights or anecdotes about the band during its 50-year history or indeed much of anything outside of Jagger's bedroom, you'll have to look elsewhere.

I'm glad I got "Mick" from a library. If I had bought it, I wouldn't be able to decide whether to return it or burn it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book! 12 Sep 2012
By Lucky7 - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't waste your money,this is a terrible book! A bunch of garbage about Micks sex life,boring!!!!! There are much better reads out there
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