Mick Jagger

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Mick Jagger (2018)
Mick Jagger's speaking voice, interview excerpt from 2012

Sir Michael Philip Jagger (born  July 26, 1943 in Dartford , Kent , England ) is a British musician , singer and songwriter . He became famous as the front man of the British rock group The Rolling Stones . Jagger plays the harmonica , guitar and piano . He has also worked as an actor , producer and composer on several films. As an artist, he uses the name Mick Jagger .


Mick Jagger's father, Basil Fanshawe ('Joe') Jagger (1913-2006), came from northern England and was a physical education teacher. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary Jagger (née Scutts, 1913–2000) came to England from Australia as a teenager and occasionally worked as an Avon consultant. Jagger's four year younger brother Chris is also a musician.

The Rolling Stones

Jagger in 1965
At a Rolling Stones gig in the 1970s
With the Rolling Stones 2005 in Toronto

As a teenager, Jagger met Keith Richards , who also grew up in Dartford. In 1961, while studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science , Jagger and Keith Richards met again by chance while they were waiting for the train in Dartford. Jagger had a couple of blues , rock 'n' roll records with them, so they talked about music and ended up dating to play blues and rock 'n' roll with friends.

Jagger and Richards went to London, preferably on the weekends, to listen to live music in the city's hip clubs. So they met Alexis Korner , played from time to time in his band Blues Incorporated and got to know the guitarist Brian Jones from Cheltenham . Jagger and Richards founded The Rolling Stones with Brian Jones . The band made their first appearance in July 1962 at the Marquee Club on Oxford Street, London .

Jagger as singer and Richards on rhythm guitar led the group to world fame. Jagger's distinctive voice became the trademark of the Stones. James Brown was a role model for his stage show as an extroverted frontman . Mick Jagger and Keith Richards composed hundreds of songs together, including classics like Tell Me, The Last Time, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction , Paint It Black , Lady Jane, Under My Thumb, Out of Time, Ruby Tuesday , Sympathy for the Devil , Jumpin 'Jack Flash , Street Fighting Man , Honky Tonk Women , Gimme Shelter , You Can't Always Get What You Want, Brown Sugar , Wild Horses , Angie and Start Me Up . The music magazine Rolling Stone recognized this songwriting partnership with sixth place on their list of the 100 best songwriters of all time . In another list by the magazine, Jagger was ranked 16th of the 100 best singers of all time .

Other musical projects

Mick Jagger (1982)

His first solo album, She's The Boss , which was released in 1985, was so successful that Jagger planned further solo activities. So he performed on the occasion of the Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985 with Tina Turner in Philadelphia . Together with David Bowie he published Dancing in the Street . The single achieved top positions internationally, the video for the song received a lot of attention, and the proceeds from the sales were for the Live Aid project.

The solo concerts in Japan in March 1988 and in Australia in September and October 1988, at which many Stones classics could also be heard, so enraged Keith Richards that a common future between the 'Glimmer Twins' and the Rolling Stones was hardly possible seemed possible.

In May 2011 Jagger formed his new band SuperHeavy . In addition to the Eurythmics guitarist David A. Stewart, the band members are the solo artists Joss Stone , A. R. Rahman and Damian Marley .

Activities in the film business

In addition to music, Jagger was also repeatedly involved in the film business. In Nicolas Roeg's cult thriller performance , he had his first leading role alongside Anita Pallenberg . From the film soundtrack comes a song that is performed over and over again when it comes to examples of Mick Jagger's vocal performances: Memo from Turner . This was followed by a film about the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly . In the first, unfinished version of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo , Jagger played the supporting role of Wilbur. After a break in filming, however, he had to forego a continuation of the work because of a tour with the Stones. Since Duke did not want to replace Jagger with another actor, he cut the role from the later film. A scene with Jagger is included in Werner Herzog's My Dearest Enemy . The science fiction film Freejack received good reviews . Mick Jagger sang the theme song Ruthless People in the film of the same name in 1987 . He was also active as a film producer ( Enigma ) and composer (2004 remake of Alfie ) . He received the Golden Globe in 2005 for the film song Old Habits Die Hard . Jagger most recently worked alongside Martin Scorsese as a producer on the HBO series Vinyl .

Image and private life

In addition to recognition for his artistic work, Jagger's private life also always received attention in the tabloid press .

Mick Jagger was married twice. Jagger now has eight children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His first marriage was from 1971 to 1980 with Bianca Pérez-Mora Macías . They have the daughter Jade Jagger (born October 21, 1971). In his second marriage, Jagger was married to Jerry Hall from 1990 to 1999 , with whom he had lived since 1977. Hall and Jagger have four children together: Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger (* March 2, 1984), James Leroy Augustin Jagger (* August 28, 1985), Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger (* January 12, 1992) and Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger (* 9 December 1997). With Marsha Hunt , who was the "Dionne" star in the rock musical Hair in the late 1960s , Jagger had his first child - daughter Karis Jagger (born November 4, 1970). Jagger met Hunt in 1969 while recording the song Honky Tonk Women . With Luciana Gimenez Morad Jagger has another son, Lucas Maurice Morad Jagger (born May 18, 1999). Karis and Lucas, although born out of wedlock, both bear their father's surname. From 2001 Mick Jagger was in a relationship with the American fashion designer L'Wren Scott . Scott was found dead in her New York apartment after suicide on March 17, 2014 . On December 8, 2016, Jagger became a father for the eighth time at the age of 73. The mother of the New York City-born son, who bears the name Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger, is the 29-year-old American ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick at the time of birth .

In 1995 Mick Jagger was made Honorary President of the University of London ; in the same year he became an honorary member of the London School of Economics and Political Science . On 12 December 2003 he was selected by Prince Charles , on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. , For his "service to the popular music " the Knights defeated; so he can use the suffix "Sir".

Commitment to environmental protection

Mick Jagger supports the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd. For the thirtieth anniversary of the organization, he organized a benefit gala together with Pierce Brosnan , at which he auctioned a hand-signed guitar. Jagger also supports the Soil Association , which promotes organic farming in the UK.

In 2019, Mick Jagger showed solidarity with the protesting environmentalists at the Venice Film Festival and criticized Donald Trump's climate policy .

Mick Jagger protested, together with his band colleagues, against a building project in which several trees over a hundred years old should have been felled. The protest was successful, but 50 trees had already been felled.


In 1965, Mick Jagger had become a role model for a generation. The Times of London reported at the time of three English youths between 13 and 14 years of age whose headmasters imposed detention on them because of their long hair , forbade them to attend classes and threatened beatings. The headmaster defended himself against attacks by the parents, saying that this was “an internal school matter.” After three weeks, the students still refused to have their hair cut until “until Mick Jagger, a Rolling member Stones, got his cut. "

Mick Jagger is the namesake of the trilobite species Aegrotocatellus jaggeri from the order of the Phacopida and a forerunner species of today's hippos called Jaggermeryx naida . The Stuttgart entomologist Arnold Staniczek, a fan of the Rolling Stones and a scientist at the Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History , discovered seven different fossil species of stonefly in 99 million year old Burmese amber together with two other researchers . As a tribute to the Rolling Stones, these Rolling Stoneflies were named after the current and former members of the band. The species dedicated to Mick Jagger is called Petroperla mickjaggeri . Together with Lapisperla keithrichardsi , the species was placed in its own fossil family Petroperlidae, which in turn is named after the Rolling Stones (Greek "petra" = stone). Both types of Petroperlidae have a large tongue and thus resemble the Stones logo.

Filmography (selection)

as an actor

as a composer

as a producer


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1985 She's the boss DE4th

(36 weeks)DE
AT7 (20 weeks)
CH3 (16 weeks)

(11 weeks)UK

(29 weeks)US
First published: February 1985
Producers: Bill Laswell , Mick Jagger, Nile Rodgers
1987 Primitive cool DE8 (14 weeks)
AT15 (4 weeks)
CH14 (5 weeks)
UK26 (5 weeks)
US41 (20 weeks)
First published: September 1987
Producers: Mick Jagger, Keith Diamond, David A. Stewart
1993 Wandering Spirit DE3

(25 weeks)DE

(20 weeks)AT

(21 weeks)CH
UK12 (4 weeks)

(16 weeks)US
First published: January 1993
Producers: Mick Jagger, Rick Rubin
2001 Goddess in the Doorway DE2

(17 weeks)DE
AT3 (8 weeks)
CH8 (14 weeks)

(5 weeks)UK
US39 (8 weeks)
First published: November 2001
Producers: Marti Frederiksen, Mick Jagger,
Wyclef Jean , Matt Clifford, Chris Potter


  • Marc Spitz: Mick Jagger. Rebel and rock star. (Original title: Jagger. Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue , 2011) Translated from the English by Sonja Kerkhoffs. Edel Germany, Hamburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-8419-0122-4 .
  • Philip Norman: Mick Jagger. The biography. From the English. Droemer Knaur Verlag, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-426-27542-9 .

Web links

Commons : Mick Jagger  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wieland Harms: The Unplugged Guitar Book. 20 of the most beautiful songs for acoustic guitar. Gerig Music, ISBN 3-87252-249-3 , p. 24.
  2. The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Rolling Stone , August 2015, accessed August 8, 2017 .
  3. 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Rolling Stone , December 2, 2010, accessed August 9, 2017 .
  4. Wolfgang Stock: Mick Jagger is Wilbur. September 25, 2010, accessed June 15, 2012 .
  5. Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, PJ Byrne, Max Casella: Vinyl. February 14, 2016, accessed April 19, 2017 .
  6. Autopsy Confirms Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott's Death Was Suicide . CBS New York, March 18, 2014
  7. Mick Jagger's girlfriend is dead. Blick.ch, March 17, 2014 (accessed: March 17, 2014)
  8. Mick Jagger: Baby number 8 is here and it's a… In: BUNTE.de . ( Bunte.de [accessed April 19, 2017]).
  9. Sir Mick Jagger gives newborn son most rockstar name ever… 'Deveraux Octavian Basil' . In: The Sun . December 16, 2016 ( thesun.co.uk [accessed April 19, 2017]).
  10. Sir Mick Jagger 'names baby son Deveraux Octavian Basil' . In: The Telegraph . ( telegraph.co.uk [accessed April 19, 2017]).
  11. Mick Jagger became a father again. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . December 8, 2016, accessed December 9, 2016 .
  12. Who is Melanie Hamrick? Here is everything we know about the mother of Mick Jagger's own child . In: The Sun . December 9, 2016 ( thesun.co.uk [accessed April 19, 2017]).
  13. ^ Sea Shepherd Successfully Broke the Ice in California. October 22, 2007; Retrieved June 6, 2020 (UK English).
  14. ^ Soil Association: Celebrity Supporters. Retrieved June 6, 2020 .
  15. Nick Vivarelli: Mick Jagger attacks Trump on environment. September 8, 2019, accessed June 6, 2020 .
  16. David Kavanagh: A Country Pillow Book: Snapshot of the British countryside . Dram Books, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9548567-1-7 ( google.at [accessed June 6, 2020]).
  17. No Lessons For Boys With Long Hair. In: The Times . April 19, 1965, p. 5.
  18. Researchers name Fossil after Mick Jagger. In: Spiegel Online , September 12, 2014; Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  19. ^ Pavel Sroka, Arnold H. Staniczek, Boris C. Kondratieff: 'Rolling' stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber . In: PeerJ . tape 6 , July 26, 2018, ISSN  2167-8359 , p. e5354 , doi : 10.7717 / peerj.5354 ( peerj.com [accessed October 14, 2018]).
  20. Chart sources: Singles Albums DE UK US