Sunday, September 4, 2011
Book Review: Jagger
Those who follow my blog regularly know that I am very much into popular music and the history behind it. So, I was very excited to come across this title. The book is not scheduled for release until later this week (September 8th, 2011 - you can pre-order it now wherever fine books are sold), but I had the opportunity to review an advanced copy. And I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spitz works to shatter the long held myths about Mick, using factual accounts from various sources to support his position that the artist is a complex, multi-faceted entertainer. He examines Mick’s career with the Stones as well as his roles as an activist in the 60’s, an actor, and a solo artist. Also examined are the many famous relationships Mick had with such women as Marianne Faithfull, Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall (among others).
I thought I knew a good bit about Mick Jagger but this book helped fill in a lot of details for me. I learned many of the stories and events behind songs I’ve known for decades. I also was pleased to see the details regarding Mick’s involvement with bring Living Colour to the public eye in the late 80’s. This biography is a fast-paced, compelling read that is told in a very comfortable narrative style.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a fascination with the history of music, especially if they are interested in the Stones and Jagger.