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Mick Jagger in The '60s.
"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

Sir Michael Phillip "Mick" Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a British musician from Dartford, Kent, England 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 songwriting 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 and Freejack. As a producer, he's made films like Enigma, a Biopic of James Brown and most recently, a HBO series called Vinyl co-created with Martin Scorsese.

Studio Discography:

  • 1972 - Jamming With Edward! note 
  • 1985 - She's The Boss
  • 1987 - Primitive Cool
  • 1993 - Wandering Spirit
  • 2001 - Goddess In The Doorway
  • 2004 - Alfie note 

Non-album singles:

Tropes associated with Jagger's work.

  • The Casanova: Although very much so, not to the extent his band-mates Bill Wyman (and in The '60s, 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 People Rebel Against Authority: In the 1960's Jagger had a reputation for being a rebel from counter-culture 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 offences (urinating against a benzine station, marijuana 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 exaggerated 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...
  • Free-Handed Performer: He exceptionally played guitar on The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers but remains known for being a mic-exclusive singer with an energic stage presence.
  • Greatest Hits Album: The Very Best Of Mick Jagger.
  • 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.
  • International Pop Song English: He sings with a very Americanized accent, exemplified by how he sings "can't" in "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
  • Large Ham: A tendency most frontmen in bands act, and Jagger is no exception.
  • 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.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: His dance moves, part of his Large Ham on stage persona. A few people, such as Todd in the Shadows, questioned if this was what "Moves Like Jagger" wanted.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Especially during his early years as a ladie's man.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Jagger has a very thick local accent, but he doesn't polish it up during interviews.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In the 1970's 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.