Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue by Mark Spitz

Meagan’s Pick:

 (Penguin, September, 2011)

Following the release of Keith Richards’ autobiography “Life” (which is still sitting on my ‘to-read’ pile), Mark Spitz offers us a look into the life of the Stones’ frontman, Mick Jagger. I was fairly excited to get my hands on this, and wasn’t disappointed. The book is interesting, with heavy focus on the early days of the group and when Jagger started to close himself off to the media. While there aren’t nearly as many interesting stories offered in “Jagger” as in “Life”, Spitz tries his best to give insight into the inner workings of the notoriously private Jagger.

I do have one major complaint about the book though; once Spitz reaches Jagger’s relationship with Bianca, he begins to leap forward in time with little or no warning. At one point, I had to flip back trying to figure out exactly when the relationship with Bianca disintegrated and his relationship with Jerry Hall began (it wasn’t actually noted). As the book drew to a close, it seemed that Spitz ran out of steam and was simply trying to get through more recent information, having spent most of his time on pre- 1980’s material.

That being said, overall I throughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an interesting read on one of the current rock legends of our time.

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