1997 Paradise Pisces
Rock Musician"When I'm 33, I quit. That's the time when a man has to do something else. I don't want to be a rock and roll singer all my life."
In 1969 at age 26, Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones rock and roll band said:
In 1993 when he turned 50, he was still a rock and roll singer. But a radio commentator, could not believe that this Rolling Stone was half-a-century old. It just was not possible.
It's an oxymoron. It's like the Pope turning Jewish...Jagger [is] a symbol of his generation-- sexy, druggie, dangerous, satanic, wicked." (Susan Stamberg, National Public Radio)
The penultimate Stones song, the 1965 hit "Satisfaction" was called a declaration of war by the Miami Herald. The Beatles, well, they were cool ,hip, beat...the Stones were in-your-face, hot and erotic. John Lennon was Gandhi, Mick Jagger was Mau Mau.Maclean's: A song, Mother of a Man, from your new album sounds like it was written in the wake of the L.A. riots.
Well, of course, rock and roll music was as much about marketing and imagery as it was substance. Near his 50th birthday Jagger released a third solo album Wandering Spirit. One of the songs, "Mother of Man" was inspired by the Los Angeles riots that erupted over the Rodney King/LAPD trial. In a 1993 interview with Maclean's Magazine, a glimpse into the social consciousness of Mick Jagger can be had:
Jagger: It was. I found a lot of my friends went out and bought guns and joined local gun clubs. I was around for the Watts riots . But this time they were not contained in just one neighborhood. Nowhere was safe. It didn't go into Beverly Hills, but that's what everyone was worried about.
Maclean's: Do you carry a gun?
Jagger: Noooo. Though there have been some situations where I've carried one.
Maclean's: What kind of situations?
Jagger: Dangerous situations.
Maclean's: You once sang, `Summer's here and time is right for violent revolution.' Do you worry now about preserving the social order?
Jagger: That song you just quoted, Street Fighting Man, is really about how people don't do too much street fighting. Do I feel like preserving the social order? Not particularly. I think the social order quite often needs changing. Whether you change it by throwing chairs through windows is another matter. The L.A. riots don't seem to have done a lot of good--nothing has really happened in their wake.
This "Street Fighting Man", some 30 years later, seems to have found some formula for satisfaction, if not happy bliss. Most recently he was flirting with the movie star Ms. Uma Thurman to the dismay of his wife, model Ms. Jerry Hall. But this sounds like a repeat of a problem that occurred in 1992 when Mr. Jagger was finding satisfaction with a young Italian model. Overt violence might not be for him as he grows older and wiser. But neither are conventional family values.Maclean's: There's also an image of Keith [Richards] as the guy who lives and breathes rock 'n' roll, while you are the calculating businessman.
Jagger: If only it were true. I really don't enjoy business. I never do business, apart from The Rolling Stones. I'm not interested in playing the market. I find that very dull. But you have to do a certain amount of business, or you just get ripped off, or you end up having to do things that you don't realize you were asked to do. And Keith--Keith's a great family man. He takes them all on the road, his mother-in-law and whatever else. He's not generally perceived as such, but he is very family-oriented.
Maclean's: And yourself?
Jagger: I'm not like that. When I go on the road, I like to be on my own, more or less. Because I can't function, I can't concentrate. I love my family and I love to see them. But I don't think I would like to live like Keith.
Maclean's: You called your new album Wandering Spirit. Where do you feel most at home?
Jagger: I'm very at home with lots of places. But that song is really about what happens when you lose your roots so to speak, both physically and mentally.
Maclean's: Do you ever just want to chuck it all and settle down?
Jagger: No [laughs]. In a word, no.
Mick Jagger YEAR TEAM POS BA AB H HR RBI 1991 Dragons if .284 640 182 41 100 1992 Dragons if .261 245 64 3 28 1993 Dragons 3b .278 241 67 6 34 1994 Pisces 3b .246 643 158 18 72 1995 Pisces 3b .257 638 164 21 74 1996 Pisces 3b .252 620 156 39 111 6 Seasons .261 3027 791 128 419
1997 Paradise Pisces Roster
The Unknown Reviewers - The Rolling Stones
Star Bios Biography: Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger Photos
Mick Jagger Interview
Jagger- Cosmic Baseball Player Plate
Published: October 30, 1996
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