Enigmatic Jagger struts his stuff for Saga
Thursday August 23, 2001
In the early years of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger said that he would not
be seen dead on a stage after the age of 30. More than 28 years after his
30th birthday, he has given an exclusive interview with a magazine aimed at
The subject? His film about the Enigma machine and the codebreaking
triumphs by the experts at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire during the
second world war.
Jagger's interview shares column space with adverts for retirement homes
and ortho-paedic gadgets. But Saga magazine editor Paul Bach said that there
was a general misconception about the publication, which has a 1.1m
"People think it [Saga] is about old age and frailty but in fact many readers
would have lusted after Mr Jagger when he first strutted his stuff [in the
60s]," said Mr Bach.
Jagger talks about the difficulties of getting the £20m Enigma film starring
Kate Winslett and Dougray Scott - produced by his company, Jagged Films -
off the ground. Most of the money finally came from Germany.
The film is released next month.
Mick Jagger is surprise cover star of over-50s
A spokesman for Mick Jagger said the star did not know his picture was to
appear on the front of a magazine for the over 50s.
Jagger is the cover star of the September issue of Saga magazine, which
also includes an interview with the 58-year-old Rolling Stones singer.
But a spokesman for Jagger said he was horrified Saga had not asked to
put Mick on the front cover.
Jagger had also not knowingly done an interview for Saga magazine,
according to his spokesman Bernard Docherty.
He told the Daily Express: "We are horrified that Saga didn't have the
courtesy to check with us before they put Mick on the front of the magazine
and used an interview. I can also say categorically that Mick has not
knowingly done an interview for them."
Saga editor Paul Bach admitted that Jagger gave the interview to a
freelance journalist, and was unaware it would end up in the Saga
But he said: "There is a misconception about Saga. Many of our readers
will have been teenagers when the Rolling Stones were in their heyday - he
is exactly the sort of person who will appeal to them."
Story filed: 07:27 Thursday 23rd August 2001
Thursday, August 23, 2001
JAGGER HIT BY SEX JIBE
MICK Jagger's reputation as a ladies' man has taken a knock from former groupie Bebe Buell.
Buell, mother of actress Liv Tyler, gives Jagger high marks for his physical style of sex. But she
complains in her new autobiography Rebel Heart that sex with him is "a little generic" and has
"no cosmic interaction".
She also claims Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's idea of romance is to "spew saliva" into a
Mick Jagger Finds 'Joy' With
Bono On Solo LP
By Jon Wiederhorn
Long considered a rock god, Rolling Stones
frontman Mick Jagger has a new goddess, and
it's not a slinky, young babe — it's his new
Goddess in the Doorway is due November 6, his
publicist said, and Jagger's first solo disc in eight
years includes such highlights as a track with
U2's Bono called "Joy."
Five songs on the album were produced by Jagger with ex-Rolling Stones
keyboardist Matt Clifford, and five others were handled by Marti Frederiksen,
who co-wrote and produced Aerosmith's latest, Just Push Play. Wyclef Jean
produced one additional track on the record, the publicist said.
Goddess in the Doorway also features a strong stable of guest performers (see
"Bono, Wyclef, Joe Perry Lend Hands To Mick Jagger Solo Album"). Pete
Townshend and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry play on numerous tracks. Jagger's
pal Lenny Kravitz, who contributed to the singer's last solo album, Wandering
Spirit (1993), guests again and co-wrote "God Gave Me Everything." Matchbox
Twenty's Rob Thomas penned three tunes with Jagger, but it looks like only one,
"Visions of Paradise," will appear on the disc.
Other song titles include "Everybody Get High," "Don't Call Me Up" and the title
No tour plans have been announced yet, however Jagger has said he wants to
play the new songs live, just not on a worldwide tour. He has also said that
while there won't be a Rolling Stones tour this year, the band is interested in
getting back in the studio and on the road.
In addition to recording Goddess, Jagger found time to act in the George
Hickenlooper film The Man From Elysian Fields, which also stars Andy Garcia,
James Coburn and Anjelica Huston. But that's not the extent of his upcoming
screen time — Jagger is also the focus of a documentary by Oscar-winning
director Kevin Macdonald.
Jagger Gets Personal
The Stones frontman readies first solo album since 1993
For his fourth solo record -- and first since
1993's Wandering Spirit -- Mick Jagger went
back to basics. "A lot of the album is just based
on me playing a guitar, and then getting other
people involved," says Jagger, who plans to
release Goddess in the Doorway in November.
"So I'm playing an awful lot, which as it goes on
gets erased by other people coming in and
playing better, but it's all based on those parts I
Jagger has some impressive help, including
collaborations with Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean
and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas. Bono
adds vocals to one track, and Pete Townshend
and Aerosmith's Joe Perry contribute guitars. "I
don't believe in having bands for solo records,"
says Jagger. "It's pointless. I mean, I've got a
very good band in the other world."
The album comes during a bustle of creativity
from Jagger. In addition to starring in a new film
by George Hickenlooper, The Man From
Elysian Fields (which also features Andy
Garcia, James Coburn and Anjelica Huston),
he's the subject of an upcoming documentary by
Kevin Macdonald, whose film One Day in
September, about Palestinian terrorists taking
Israeli hostages at the 1972 Munich Olympics,
won an Oscar last year. "My goal is to try to
present a character portrait of Mick Jagger, this
extraordinary, really kind of enigmatic man
who's also a survivor," says Macdonald. "I
wanted to do a movie about him now. The thing
about Mick is that he's still going passionately
and strongly. I wanted to do a profile of that
Asked if he's giving Macdonald the sort of great
access that Elton John gave his boyfriend David
Furnish for the documentary Tantrums and
Tiaras, Jagger says there are limits. "Kevin and
I are both pretty straight, heterosexual men, I
think, up to a point," he says with a chuckle.
For Goddess in the Doorway, Jagger produced
five tracks with former Stones keyboardist Matt
Clifford and another five with Aerosmith
collaborator Marti Frederiksen. The Frederiksen
tracks include the up-tempo "Everybody Get
High" and a ballad called "Don't Call Me Up,"
with a strong vocal from Jagger. Jagger and
longtime friend Kravitz co-wrote the song "God
Gave Me Everything," while Thomas teamed up
with Jagger for "Visions of Paradise." "I got
there like twenty minutes early, and I was
playing a couple songs," Thomas recalls of the
session. "He came in and started singing along,
just this fucking gold. It's good to know that
Mick's still a guy that gets an idea in his head,
picks up a pen and goes with it."
Other highlights include the title track, which
Jagger describes as "a mystical dance track," and
"Joy," which features Bono's vocals. Most recently, Jagger and Wyclef produced a new,
reggae-tinged track in New York.
"It's one of those sessions I'll remember for the rest of my life," says Wyclef. "I did it as a
fusion of hip-hop meets rock, the style of rock that Mick does, the real authentic rock with the
right guitar sounds and stuff. His [vocal] chops were pretty incredible, definitely real hot -- the
minute the track comes on you'll be able to hear it's definitely hot."
When he was making the record, Jagger says, he had no set mission. "I was really just coming
from a songwriting point of view, rather than 'I want to do a rap album,' or 'I want to do an
album of ballads or an album of blues,' or something of that kind," he says. "It's a mixture of
traditional things and more contemporary things. It's very much based on the actual songs
The material was written and demoed "at home in various sort of rooms around the world,"
Jagger says. "I just sort of kept working it up. I didn't redo it all again with an enormous
amount of musicians. So a lot of it just retains the original spark of the idea, which is kind of
fun. I've never really done it like that before."
"It's probably not quite as loose as a Stones thing," adds Frederiksen, "but a couple of tracks
have that feel. It all ties together pretty well." As for Jagger's guitar playing, Frederiksen admits
to being surprised. "Mick's got a good touch," he reports. "I have a feeling he played on more
Stones records than people think."
As for how the album differs from a Stones recording, Jagger explains, "It can be more
personal, and I think it's nice to have a change and work with other people. It's refreshing, and
then you go back to the other thing in a slightly different frame of mind, which I think is good
for both things."
So how are relations within the Stones camp? "Pretty good," Jagger reports. "I went to see
Charlie playing with his new jazz band last week, and it was very good. Keith went, I went, and I
think Ronnie went, also. It was a good night." And are the Stones planning on a new album and
tour? "Yes," Jagger confirms, "but not this year." In the meantime, Jagger leaves open the
possibility of doing some solo concerts to support the new album. "I'd love to do some
showcases for it," he says. "I'm not going to do a long-term, but I will play these tunes."
(August 20, 2001)
JAGGER STANDS UP HURLEY
Aug 20, 2001 (WENN via COMTEX) -- ESTEE LAUDER model LIZ HURLEY turned up in
Dublin, Ireland, last week (16Aug01) without her latest 'best friend' MICK
The BEDAZZLED star flew to the Emerald Isle to officially launch the new Brown
Thomas Cosmetics Hall.
It had been reported by the local press that the ROLLING STONES rocker would
accompany Liz, but the frontman was nowhere to be seen.
Mick Jagger Solo Album Details Trickle In
(8/20/01, 5 p.m. ET) - The rumor mill has been busy churning out stories about
Mick Jagger's upcoming solo album--from erroneous album titles to lists of
guests said to be appearing on the album. Although details about the upcoming
Rolling Stones frontman's fourth solo project are being kept under wraps by
Virgin Records, some facts are beginning to trickle in. The album's title will be
Goddess In The Doorway and it is set for a tentative November 6 release date,
a spokesperson for Jagger told Reuters. Among the artists said to be making
appearances are Pete Townshend, Lenny Kravitz, Matchbox Twenty's Rob
Thomas and U2's Bono. Though no solid confirmation about the aforementioned
artists' appearances on the album was given, Jagger's spokesperson did say that
R&B singer Missy Elliott will not appear on the record.
Goddess In The Doorway will be Jagger's first release in eight years. His last
solo album was 1993's gold-certified Wandering Spirit, released on Atlantic
Records. --Sue Falco, New York
This is London
News and City
Jerry Hall gets intimate
by Luke Leitch Arts Reporter
One cruel critic may have described Jerry Hall's breasts as "two fried eggs
in the gloaming" at her West End appearance in The Graduate last year
but, undaunted, she has returned to deal with another part of the female
anatomy - the vagina.
A wildly enthusiastic - and
predominantly female - audience bayed
its approval as Ms Hall joined Josette
Simon and Pam Ferris for her first night
of duty at the The Vagina Monologues at
The New Ambassadors theatre.
Eve Ensler's brilliantly provocative piece,
based on interviews with hundreds of
women about their vaginas, has sparked
sensation - some prurient, some positive - around the globe.
Texan-born Ms Hall, 45, admitted that the show had even taught her
something she didn't know before: vibrators are illegal in the Lonestar
She also admitted that appearing on stage fully clothed to unpick the
intricacies of the vagina was far more nerve-wracking than baring all in The
"It was more scary than The Graduate because we only had an hour before
the show to rehearse," she said at the cast party in The Ivy after the
performance. "It is a show for women really, but I think men enjoy it too -
they all end up laughing when they recognise the sound of their girlfriends'
Ms Hall,who split with Mick Jagger after his affair with Brazilian model
Luciana Morad hit the headlines, added that, while her acting career may be
proceeding apace, she has no set ambitions.
"I really enjoy it, that's all. I don't have any particular longterm plans, I'm
just free-falling and working with anyone I meet along the way whose
ideas I like. I'm just going with the groove."
Ms Hall, none of whose children were at the New Ambassadors last night,
will not be on stage for the next two evenings due to a prior commitment to
shoot a part in a new Merchant Ivory film. However, she will return for this
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