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Mick Jagger by [Norman, Philip]
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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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Reviews for John Lennon: The Life

‘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

'Magnetic'
The New Statesman

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

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


Product details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This is an odd book, as it contains a lot of information about the lead singer of the rolling stones, but yet doesnt actually get you any closer to the heart of the man himself. Maybe that's just not possible, but Phillip Norman's other books, such as the one on John Lennon, are far more revealing about the nature of the person behind the public personna. This, however, gives oyu glimpses, which is a combination of possibly jagger himself being very guarded about his inner life, so to speak, combined with a mixture of luck and bemusement on behalf of all those who have known him over the years.

A brave attempt to get to the inner man, and commendable for that
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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. I was always under the impression that Mick was so aloof and arrogant and not as likeable as 'Keef.' But after reading this book, my opinion has changed about Mick. He is a very complex character, very professional, media savvy, yes, a womaniser, but underneath it all a perfectionist who claims he can't remember the majority of his past with the Stones. Which I doubt is true, and more to do with not wanting the past dragged up by journalists and interviewers when he has something to plug, which is the only time Mick will give an interview. He's more concerned about tomorrow than yesterday. I think if it wasn't for Mick the Stones would have broke up years ago, yes, 'Keef' loves playing music and doing live gigs, but to put it all together and make a show you need Mick who seems to know a lot about everything that goes into a live show long before they walk on stage. Which is what you need in such a cut throat business, and is probably why they have lasted this long. A great book about the greatest front man ever,a very shrewd guy and this book is the closest we will get to an autobiography, unless Mick gets his memory back soon.
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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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