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Stones get their satisfaction from back rubs
John Harlow, Los Angeles
THE “bad boy” reputation of the Rolling Stones is about to be rocked. A new memoir by their favourite masseuse reveals that they are sweet-natured homebodies who prefer go-karting to groupies.
Guitarist Keith Richards is an expert on breast-feeding, drummer Charlie Watts is happier with his 47 greyhounds than with his band-mates while Mick Jagger is not quite the ageing lothario he is widely reputed to be, says masseuse Dot Stein. Her memoir, Butt Naked And Backstage, has sparked a bidding war among publishers and fear among some former clients.
Stein, 33, suggests a surprisingly large number of those clients, who include Frank Zappa, Sting, Bob Geldof, Oasis and Eminem, were content with a back rub and an early night.
However, Bruce Willis, the actor and occasional blues singer, is threatening legal action to prevent the “hippie child” known as Dr Dot from revealing details about the affair she claims they had.
Stein is a television celebrity in Germany, where she appears on chat shows in a skimpy nurse’s uniform. She is expected to make her British debut in a Channel 4 documentary about Jagger and Jerry Hall this year.
When she was a teenager in Connecticut she was encouraged by her aunt, a groupie who was friends with 1970s stars such as Lou Reed, to go backstage. But instead of using her body to attract attention she used her hands and a range of exotic massages, including her “bite method”, which involves chomping down the back.
She became popular among the stars and in the early 1990s Watts invited her to travel with the Stones. Since then she has been a regular member of the band’s entourage.
Stein says Jagger is charismatic but petulant. Since the 1980s, she said, he and fellow band members have lost interest in groupies: “Mick would pick out a girl now and again but that was it,” she said. “They were more interested in healthy eating and phoning home.” Go-karting was another passion.
“This may be not what the world expects of the Rolling Stones, but it is the truth.”