Spotlight On: Mick Jagger
The iconic life of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones band, has always been an interesting one. As one of the most influential artists of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jagger has a unique vocal style and stage movements – often dubbed as erotic and suggestive.
Born Michael Philip Jagger in Dartford, Kent, Jagger is best known for his songwriting and singing, although he’s also dabbled in acting. Running alongside artists such as David Bowie, The Beatles, and Freddie Mercury, Jagger and The Rolling Stones are part of the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Mick Jagger as a Performance Act and His Famous Outfits
Jagger plays a part of himself every time he goes on stage, providing performances of a lifetime to his audience. Back when Jagger and The Rolling Stones started playing for bigger audiences, they went from wearing only what they had to being given stage clothes. The famous clothes he wore in the 60s and 70s are intrinsically connected with his music. In his own words, a 15,000-seat arena requires both colour and silhouette and clothing items that stand out.
But Jagger did more than wear what are now iconic clothes – he created career longevity for bands, opening the way for other musicians. The Beatles were an inspiration, one to stride for a dichotomy. Starting out, Jagger and the band deliberately wanted to be an opposite to The Beatles and their lovability.
The hint of beatnik student in some of his photoshoots through black jeans and rollnecks stroke terror in wholesome family types. 1969 marked a transition in his performance level; Jagger chose his outfit himself – the motif of his look providing excitement in his long-sleeved t-shirt with a scoop-neck. The design resembled an omega: the last letter of the Greek alphabet but there was speculation into the deeper meaning behind it.
Jagger is also known for his androgynous look, present in concerts such as the one at Hyde Park in 1969 by the coatdress he wore. Above all, he highlights the need for comfortable stage clothes. Glamorous, clingy and sexy – but comfortable and easy to move in.
What Makes Mick Jagger So Great
The Rolling Stones have been lauded as one of the greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band for decades. Mick Jagger has been distinguished by his sense of timing to punch out phrases and continuously repeat little vocal riffs, exactly like an instrumentalist.
But his bandmates are just as vital for their success; Keith Richards can play just almost anything, from simple notes to monolithic riff. Ron Wood is a ferocious rhythm player, Charlie Watts has a great ear for jazz, providing lift as a first-class drummer without overplaying. And Bill Wyman brings the uncanny ability to catch momentum and play spectacularly.
Mick Jagger knows how to adapt to his audience and play the right songs in the right tempo, rearranging melodies according to the moment. Back in 1969, when Mick Jagger wanted visual assets made for his band, he relied on London’s Royal College of art. Signature badges were a somewhat new factor – made popular by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
John Pasche, 24 years old at the time, accepted £50 and drew up the now famous logo. His inspiration was Jagger himself – the artist underlined how Jagger’s mouth and lips were a distinctive feature that he noticed straight away.
The Rolling Stones Story
The Rolling Stones Story is coming to Blackpool Grand Theatre on 17th February 2019, led by Paul Ashworth – the world’s #1 Mick Jagger lookalike. Relive all of the classic hits that made The Rolling Stones so famous in this high-energy concert.
Some of The Rolling Stones’ hits include (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and You Can’t Always Get What You Want, their music often featured in famous film soundtracks. Join us in celebrating some of the best songs of the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band with amazing musicians and a stunning production.
Facts About Mick Jagger
- Jagger has eight children across five relationships, the oldest born in 1970 and the youngest in 2016.
- Since 1968, he’s appeared on the cover of Rolling Stones magazine over 20 times.
- Wrote ‘Brown Sugar’ in 1971, a smash hit, for Marsha A. Hunt, his then-lover.
- With a career spanning more than 50 years, Jagger is considered to be an influential and popular frontman in Rock ‘n’ Roll’s history.
- Due to the number of fans and The Rolling Stones’ reputation as short-tempered hotel-wreckers, 14 hotels in New York City turned them away in 1966.
- Keith Richards was his classmate in September 1950, at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford.
- He auditioned for The Rocky Horror Show in 1975, for the role of Dr Frank N. Furter, which went to Tim Curry.
- In the 1960s, Jagger and Paul McCartney almost started a record label together. The Beatles, however, went ahead by themselves and helped to create Apple Studios.
- Knighted by the Queen of England in 2003 for his “services to popular music.”
- The song ‘State of Shock’ was recorded with Michael Jackson in 1984, the latter which originally recorded the song with Freddie Mercury. The song had to be re-recorded with Jagger due to scheduling issues.