Mick Jagger Primitive Cool Christopher SanfordIt’s 2017, Mick Jagger just turned seventy-four on July 26th, and the music from The Rolling Stones is still rocking and rolling. What does that mean for you? It means that you, dear reader, have to check out Mick Jagger: Primitive Cool by Christopher Sandford.

The book originally came out in 1993, around Jagger’s fiftieth birthday. It, among other things, tracks the last fifty years of him and the Stones. Well, since it is his birthweek again, twenty-four years later, we think this book deserves an encore.

In this interesting read, Sandford sugarcoats nothing. Everything is raw and real. While writing this book, Sandford had access to Jagger’s school records, old friends, and even Tom Keylock, the Stones’ “fixer.” Obviously, this guy had a crazy life with crazy characters, so why not give it a chance? We guarantee it will give you “Satisfaction.”


When Jagger was a child, he had a chemistry set he claimed would blow up the entire world. While his contribution to the world wasn’t nearly this destructive, he still made quite an explosion. An explosion that actually had very little to do with music.

Jagger was born in 1943, and, like many other teenagers, enjoyed the rock ‘n roll of the fifties. This passion continued into the sixties, when The Rolling Stones were at the height of their careers, and beyond, where they’re still rolling today.

This book has a recurring motif of the rivalry between Jagger and Keith Richards. With Jagger in his sparkly capes and Richards in a bandana and a solid-colored jacket, it’s no secret that they are different. In fact, these two styles – “Mick’s dance-hall grooves and Keith’s bluesy shuffles” – are said to contribute to the Stones’ unique sound.

Since the book came out in 1993, Jagger had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003, had a French Revolution-themed birthday party the same year, and yes, still has a slight rivalry with Richards. Well, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” but if you really want to get inside a head full of music, lust, and God knows what else, read this book, and don’t forget to wish Jagger a happy birthday!


Christopher Sanford is a lover of all pop culture over the years and this shows in his beloved writing. He has written on various pop culture icons in a range of publications, including The Times, Rolling Stone, and The Spectator. Some of his most popular works revolved around the life and times of famous musicians and more, such as Kurt Cobain, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards.


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