I love it but, I was hoping for 800 plus pages as Mr Norman gave "John Lennon -The Life" book. The writing and research is great and thorough but with alot of the biographies it follows this trend - 80 percent of the reading goes up to about 1975 then the next 40 years are "skimmed' over". Granted I did learn alot but would have loved to hear more about Jagger's solo career (as in the albums - not the girlfriends). Mr Norman I loved "Shout!", "John Lennon -The Life" and have ordered The Rolling Stones book.
Philip Norman is a masterful rock diarist with a gift for elegant and descriptive prose. He certainly seems to have researched this book exceptionally well and I think he manages to capture the sweetness, brilliance, and coolness of Jagger while not sparing us his self-indulgence and his capacity for being a world-class jerk at times.
The first half of the book reads less like a biography of Mick Jagger than an intelligently crafted musical history of the Rolling Stones, which is why I docked it one star even though I loved the astutely written non-biographical portions. This might have been even better as two separate books, but in any case a very entertaining read. I also commend this volume for prompting the reader to listen to and learn more about the American blues—New Orleans, Chicago, and parts betwixt and between—that inspired the music of the immortal and truly amazing Rolling Stones.
The book was interesting, but I think the author was trying to prove his literary intelligence by using a large amount of over the top adjectives and adverbs. There were times the sentence has so many floral or sexual adjectives that I had to go back and reread the sentence to find out what he was talking about. I am still wondering how he managed to get all of his "insider" information as Jagger is so private about his life. It was interesting but I really don't know how much to believe.
I thought Phillip Norman did a respectable job at unraveling the complex life of Mick Jagger. However, I wish Mr. Norman would have touched on the numerous accounts surrounding Brian Jones' leaving the band. I caught a BBC broadcast on YouTube which had interviews on the final days of Brian Jones and it seemed to cast a different light his relationship with the Rolling Stones. I get the drug distractions.....but it sounded as if Brian quest for artist and creative freedom ultimately was more of a driver. Mr. Norman presented more of an argument that the group (maybe just Mick) were fed up with Brian and wanted to cut strings. I'm 'ok' with his assertion, but in all fairness Brian's move from the Stones and literal move to a new home/recording studio appeared to be the beginning of a new chapter....not an end. But all authors deserve their opinion, but to any reader I would check other sources just to help draw your own conclusions.
I now have read all the books about the rolling stones,except Charlie Wats. I really liked this book because it has been written by a person other than Mick J. Looking back at the Rolling Stones has really been amazing. I do wonder how they survived all those woman and drugs.Lets not forget to mention their wifes and kids,all by a few marriages.But that Mick sure had some attractive women in his life.I believe they will go down in history for being the best band ever.I hated to get to the final last pages,because it has been a great read for me.After reading so much about them,I have a better understanding about their screwed up lives.Hey some of it sure sounds fun....I love all their books and DVD,s.....
Hard to read! Quit informative, but awkward to read. Lots of words I've never seen before. It would be more pleasurable if it was a little lighter on the vocabulary side, as Jagger was quite a complex character. I stopped reading the book about half way through as it was becoming tedious. I will pick it up again, and have another crack at it, but it felt like I was studying for an English exam.
What can I say? Jagger is always a good read and this book is no exception. I had read another book on this author and I enjoyed it immensely, so I decided to give this one a try. I love the history that these books offer as well as the scandals, for I know little of England and I always wanted to go there. Maybe I'll get my chance someday.
I loved this book. Both Mick and Keith were born in the same year I was and so in a sense, we are part of each other's history. I loved dancing to their music but never went to a concert (thought they were way too crowded and too noisy.) I was busy bringing up a family and didn't pay too much attention to the lives of performers.
This year, however, widowed and long-time empty nested, I bought this book on kindle and have ordered Rolling Stones' DVDs through Netflix. I have read and watched concurrently and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.