“I’ll try to keep it light,” says Mick Jagger with a rubbery grin at the start of My Life as a Rolling Stone.
How to encapsulate one from the music giant while staying breezy is, of course, a challenge given the band’s huge history. But the four-part docuseries debuting Sunday on Epix (9PM ET/PT) offers a comprehensive overview of how Rolling Stones became with old performance footage and interview clips, plus new commentary from Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood.
The series is divided into four episodes, with 79-year-old Jagger, who is racy and energetic, as the clear launch (Richards, Woods, and the late Charlie Watts follow the next three weeks). Jagger’s premium will be streamed free for 90 days Epix.com and the app, as well as Apple TV, Amazon, Roku, and most cable outlets.
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Although there are a lot of Stones details to absorb, the episode at its core emphasizes the unique band leader and CEO, who Richards says, “really an honorable guy under all this bullshit.”
Here are some ideas.
Tina Turner Didn’t Think Mick Jagger Could ‘Up to Anything’
Soul legend Tina Turner remembers Jagger attending her concerts in London, watching from behind the speakers as she performed with Ike Turner. PP Arnold, a proud member of the Ikettes, says the “sexy” and “cool” Jagger will also be returning backstage to learn dance moves from Turners’ backup performers.
But Turner was not impressed with Jagger’s early display of prowess.
“It was fine, but I didn’t think it would amount to anything,” she says with a hoarse laugh. “Sorry Mick!”
Later in the documentary, Turner spoke her mind after seeing Jagger perform again with Years of Spice.
Mick wasn’t the same person I met in London when he was hiding behind the speakers. “He came out of his shell,” she says. “Mick became a Mick Jagger.”
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Rolling Stones drug arrest in Redlands has become a career boost
In 1967, the band retreated to Redlands, Richards’ property in Sussex, England, for a “beautiful party”. But it soon turned into a scandal: Notable drug campaign.
“There was a lot of drugs. Jagger remembers it. ‘Exposure to acid is really weird.”
The incident made Richards wary of authority. “I still have a chip,” Richards says with a shaved sass. “I can use the joint now!”
But instead of elaborating on the arrest of Jagger and Richards (After a lot of legal dramaRichards’ sentence was scrapped and Jagger’s sentence reduced to a conditional discharge), the script added to the Rolling Stones’ ambiguity as a rebellious story for their rival, the Beatles.
“They were cleaned up by their manager,” Richards says of the British quartet. “Otherwise, they were exactly the same as we were – filthy pigs!”
Mick Jagger calculated his moves to look good on TV
When the Rolling Stones were invited to play on the ’60s-era TV music show “Ready Steady Go!” Jagger took the opportunity as a way to “work on the medium” and radiate into people’s homes.
“I could see how important that was,” he says. “You have to know how you’re going to make an impression.”
While filming the fledgling Stones performing “Little Red Rooster,” Jagger shared how he made the band sound like the perfect rock ‘n’ roller: he’d visit the show set to study camera angles, then come home and practice his spider-man moves for the best translation on TV—a calculated exercise created It seems effortless.
The Rolling Stones logo has nothing to do with Jagger’s lips
While creating the “Sticky Fingers” album cover, Marshall Chase, the founding president of Rolling Stones Records, decided it was time for the Stones to become a brand.
The Royal College of Art in London recommended art designer John Bash to design a poster for the Rolling Stones’ European Tour in 1970. In the process, he created the iconic tongue and lip emblem, which he says has nothing to do with the front band’s prominent cushion features.
People think lips depend on the mic. this is not true. I saw it as a symbol of protest, like a kid sticking out his tongue,” Bashi says.
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Keith Richards addresses the elephant in the room – literally
The Stones are credited as the inventors of the stadium rock scene starting in the 1970s, and Jagger was integral to shaping stage designs for the band because he wanted a “game room for myself.”
But even one of rock’s most powerful players had to be told “no” sometimes, and it was up to Richards to channel Jagger from one of his loftiest ideas: having an elephant on stage at the end of the show to give him a rose by his trunk.
“He sighed, he almost destroyed the building,” Richards recalls softly.