Mick Jagger and the memoir we'll never read…

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2017

For example, Blake says the book includes details of the tedium of looking at Keith Richards' "scraggy, monkey-like bottom night after night".

Blake, in a separate piece for Britain's Spectator magazine, mused on the worth of such a book, even when balanced against the million-pound advance Jagger reportedly received. Not that it was so revealing that people could be arrested if it was given a proper release like that infamous 1972 documentary that I cannot name, but the exact opposite problem: it was light on sex and drugs.

According to Blake, respected United Kingdom publisher Lord Weidenfeld convinced a reluctant Jagger to write the autobiography in an attempt to get his own story out to the public, following a wave of unauthorized books.

In case we're wondering whether or not this is just a hoax for publicity, Stones manager Joyce Smith has this to say: "John Blake writes to me from time to time seeking permission to publish this manuscript". Blake says the memoir depicts a "quieter, more watchful Mick than the fast-living caricature", though it still contains plenty of rock'n'roll moments, including the time Jagger bought a historic mansion while tripping on acid, the Times of London reports. Due to effects of his rock "n" roll lifestyle, Jagger was unable to remember the manuscript until he read it, according to Blake, after which it's claimed Jagger then agreed to pen a foreword for it "to establish that he wrote this story long ago and far away".

"Blake said: "[Mick] has said again and again, in countless interviews, that he never will [write an autobiography]. "There was a tragic death, a tour, a film, a TV series, the Saatchi exhibition".

Blake explains: "I kept gently pushing but when, eventually, I tried to force a decision, the steel gates clanged shut. It is an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time - but the sad thing is, the public will probably never see it". In the 1980s, though, Jagger ultimately decided he wanted to pursue the memoir, and wrote a "pristine typescript" that has still not seen the light of day. The answer is always the same: He can not, because it isn't his and he accepts this.

Blake said that at one point he came very close to getting the memoir published.

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