“I’ll try to keep it light,” says Mick Jagger with a rubbery smile at the start of “My Life As a Rolling Stone.”
How to encapsulate one of music’s behemoths while remaining airy is, of course, a challenge given the band’s heavy history. But the four-part docuseries debuting Sunday on Epix (9 p.m. EDT/PDT) offers a comprehensive look at how the Rolling Stones became the ROLLING STONES with vintage performance footage and interview clips, plus new comments from Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.
The series is split into four episodes, with the weathered but lively 79-year-old Jagger as the obvious launch (Richards, Woods and the late Charlie Watts will follow for the next three weeks). The Jagger episode will stream free for 90 days on Epix.com and the app, as well as Apple TV, Amazon, Roku, and most cable outlets.
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While there are plenty of Stones minutiae to digest, at its core the episode focuses on the band’s inimitable leader and CEO, of whom Richards says, “He’s truly an honorable man under all these bullshit.”
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Tina Turner didn’t think Mick Jagger would ‘stand for anything’
Soul legend Tina Turner remembers Jagger attending her gigs in London, where he watched behind the speakers as she and Ike Turner performed. PP Arnold, one of the famous Ikettes, says the ‘sexy’ and ‘cool’ Jagger would also return backstage to learn dance moves from the Turners’ backup performers.
But Turner was unimpressed with Jagger’s early displays of showmanship.
“He was fine, but I didn’t think he was going to be anything,” she said with a hoarse laugh. “Sorry, Mike! »
Later in the documentary, Turner updates her opinion after seeing Jagger perform again with years of seasoning.
“Mick was not the same person I met in London when he was hiding behind the loudspeakers. He had come out of his shell,” she recounts. “Mick became Mick Jagger.”
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The Rolling Stones drug bust in the Redlands became a career boost
In 1967, the band retreated to Redlands, Richards’ estate in Sussex, England, for a “beautiful party”. But it quickly turned into a scandal: a high-profile drug bust.
“There were A LOT of drugs there. LSD, hash and fuzz burst in,” recalls Jagger. “Being arrested on acid is really weird.”
The incident made Richards suspicious of authority. “I still have a chip,” Richards said with a hoarse chuckle. “I could use a joint right now!”
But rather than dwell on the arrests of Jagger and Richards (after much legal drama, Richards’ sentence was overturned and Jagger’s was reduced to parole), the storyline added to the Rolling mystique. Stones as a rebellious foil to their neat rivals. , The Beatles.
“They were cleaned up by their manager,” Richards says of the British foursome. “Otherwise they were exactly the same as us – filthy pigs!”
Mick Jagger calculated his moves to look good on TV
When the Rolling Stones were invited to perform on the music show “Ready Steady Go!
“I could see how important it was,” he says. “You have to figure out how you’re going to make an impression.”
In footage of the fledgling Stones performing ‘Little Red Rooster,’ Jagger recounts how he made the band look like perfect rock ‘n’ rollers: He’d visit the set to study camera angles, then go home and practice his spidery movements. to translate better on TV – a calculated exercise created to look effortless.
The Rolling Stones logo has nothing to do with Jagger’s lips
While creating the cover for the album “Sticky Fingers”, Marshall Chess, founding president of Rolling Stones Records, decided it was time for the Stones to become a brand.
Art designer John Pasche was recommended by the Royal College of Art in London to design a poster for the Rolling Stones’ 1970 European tour. In the process, he created the iconic tongue and lips logo, which , according to him, has nothing to do with the prominent pillow-like features of the leader of the group.
“People believe the lips are based on Mick. That’s not true. I saw him as a symbol of protest, like a child sticking out his tongue,” Pasche says.
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Keith Richards addresses the elephant in the room – literally
The Stones are credited as the inventors of stadium rock spectacle from the 1970s, and Jagger was instrumental in designing the band’s sets because he wanted “a playroom for me”.
But even one of rock’s most powerful actors had to be told ‘no’ sometimes, and it was up to Richards to divert Jagger from one of his noblest ideas: bringing an elephant onto the stage at the end of the show to present him a rose from his trunk.
“The sigh of relief,” Richards recalls with a chuckle, “almost blew the building up.”