Author(s): Billy J. Altman
There may have been musical rebels like Elvis Presley before him, but once Mick Jagger first burst on the scene in 1962 as lead singer for England's convention- defying Rolling Stones, the mold was broken once and for all. Even fifty years later, his singing and performing style, heard on records and seen in concert halls and arenas and in movie theaters the world over, is still the benchmark against which all rock'n'roll frontmen are measured. And with good reason: Jagger's distinctive, malleable voice and preening, prancing antics onstage have yet to be duplicated, let alone equaled or surpassed. Together with his childhood and lifelong "Glimmer Twin" pal, guitarist Keith Richards, chief Stones lyricist Jagger has co-written countless indelible rock and roll classics, including Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Miss You, and Start Me Up. Meanwhile, his reputation as a globe-hopping Don Juan-esque lover have made him a simultaneously cursed, envied and admired international sex symbol. Remarkably, now seventy years old, Jagger is still going strong on all fronts - and with all his unique cheekiness and take-no-prisoners attitude gloriously intact.
The ultimate "Midnight Rambler" rock'n'roll rebel.
BILLY ALTMAN is a Grammy-nominated music critic and historian whose work has appeared in such places as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Spin. A longtime editor of Creem Magazine and editor in chief of MTV To Go, he has authored scores of liner notes including Elvis Presley 75: Good Rockin' Tonight, The Chuck Berry Box, and Ramonesmania. A former curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a consultant to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he teaches rock, folk and jazz history courses in the Humanities Department of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.