Michael Phillip "Mick" Jagger
(born 26 July 1943) is a British musician from Dartford, Kent who is most famous for being a founding member and the front-man
of The Rolling Stones
. Jagger is by far the most famous member of the Stones, and certainly the most popular alongside Brian Jones
and Keith Richards
. His song-writing partnership with Richards (Under the name "The Glimmer Twins") is considered to be one of the most successful of the 20th Century, and Jagger's influence as a front-man, singer and pop culture icon has been incalculable.
Aside from music, Jagger is also an actor and film producer, appearing in films such as Performance
, Ned Kelly
. For a complete list of films he's been involved in, see The Other Wiki
- 1972 - Jamming With Edward! note
- 1985 - She's The Boss
- 1987 - Primitive Cool
- 1993 - Wandering Spirit
- 2001 - Goddess In The Doorway
- 2004 - Alfie note
- 1985 - "Dancing In The Street" note
- 2011 - "T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)" note
Tropes associated with Jagger's work.
- The Casanova: Although very much so, not to the extent his band-mates Bill Wyman (and in The Sixties, Brian Jones) are.
- Celebrity Cameo: Had a cameo in the film The Rutles (1978), where he played himself. Did the vocals of "State Of Shock" (1984) with The Jacksons, sang backing vocals for "You're So Vain" (1973) by Carly Simon and appeared alongside Richards in The Simpsons episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation".
- Control Freak: Jagger has a reputation of being this, especially in more recent years.
- Cool Old Guy: Jagger has proven that age doesn't really matter to be a rock star, though some people would want to argue with that. Nevertheless, there is something impressive about the fact that for literally half a century Jagger is still up stage doing his thing with his fellow band members. And he only brought out his first solo debut album in 1985, when he was already 42!
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: In the 1960s Jagger had a reputation for being a rebel from counterculture against the establishment. This was not only due to the Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll and anarchist violent lyrics of the Stones themselves, but also because he and the band members were arrested a few times for things that nowadays would be considered minor offenses (urinating against a benzine station, marihuana possession,...), but nevertheless solidified his reputation as a bad but lovable cool boy. As Jagger and his original target audience got older his anti-establishment faded away and we must also add that a lot of it was exaggarated in the popular press as well. Compared to other rock stars with a "bad" image Jagger has never been really behaved arrogant, spiteful or waspish against journalists or his fans. He even downright admitted himself:
I wasn't trying to be rebellious in those days; I was just being me. I wasn't trying to push the edge of anything. I'm being me and ordinary, the guy from suburbia who sings in this band, but someone older might have thought it was just the most awful racket, the most terrible thing, and where are we going if this is music?... But all those songs we sang were pretty tame, really. People didn't think they were, but I thought they were tame.
- Cult Soundtrack: Alfie, and to a lesser extent Performance and Ned Kelly can be considered this.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Jagger is known for strutting the stage and often does this in a suave and sexy way. Look up his 1969 performance of "Sympathy For The Devil" from "Rock 'N' Roll Circus" (with John Lennon in the audience!) and see what we mean...
- Face of the Band: Jagger is the face of the band, basically the most famous member alongside Keith Richards note . His presence is nevertheless a large part of the band's appeal and therefore it's difficult to tell if Jagger or Richards would be a greater loss to the band if one of them died?
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Keith Richards, although there have been times that their friendship has been strained, usually because of comments Richards made in the press about Jagger.
- Let's Duet: Did a duet with David Bowie in 1985 for their cover of "Dancing In The Street". During the "Live Aid" concert that same year he also performed on stage alongside Tina Turner.
- Memetic Sex God: Jagger certainly has this reputation, and hasn't gone away even in his later years!
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Jagger has a very thick local accent, but he doesn't polish it up during interviews.
- Rated M for Manly: Jagger's vocals are powerful and virile like Muddy Waters, but his dancing style has often been compared to a ballet dancer.
- Refuge in Audacity: In the 1970s Jagger once provocatively declared that he actually "hates rock". This might have been a joke on his behalf, but the press took it very seriously at the time.
- Solo Side Project: Basically Jagger's entire solo career.