May 19, 2010

ICYMI: Mick Jagger

Posted: 09:26 AM ET
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Canadian POV   May 19th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

Love the Stones and thought Jagger was great on LKL. Why did they have to include all that stuff about the Beatles? It was as if another program was suddenly on. I love the Beatles too but thought that was a weird cut. Why not mention that George Harrison was asked to be a judge in a talent contest and mentioned to the visiting record executive that he should check out a great little band in London called the Rolling Stones?

kerri   May 19th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

He is still so hot. There will never be another like him.

Nancy   May 19th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

Larry King's interview seemed more like a commercial. Not only that, It included some mixed messages about drugs.

For one thing, Mick Jagger referred to tobacco as if on par with narcotics. In contrast to the LKL interview, most people don't regard tobacco a narcotic on par with, say, cocaine! It seems there's a trend. Support for legalization of marijuana includes pitching the concept that tobacco usage is supposedly on the same level as marijuana usage. But, how stupid! Yes, pot CAN BE a gateway drug to other drugs, and tobacco may be a gateway substance to pot; but, it seems most cig smokers do NOT want to toke. Like, duh!

Anyway, during the LKL interview, it seemed Jagger is a-okay about all the decades of stories on him and his musician friends allegedly having used hard drugs, because he didn't seem ashamed! So, most of the stories are hogwash? Or, rock 'n roll privilege is a myth to be believed?

One '60's story made Jagger appear a bit anti-drug; he'd fired Brian Jones, a co-founder of the Rolling Stones, some time previous to the latter's tragic swimming pool death in '69 because Jones had allowed drugs to dominate himself and also to create a risk to the band's longevity. So, Jagger retired or "fired" Jones because of what? Jones' drug abuse?

It's easy to believe that drugs overpowered at least one Stone back then. Were drugs the biggest influence? Was there a bigger influence, an outside threat within the drug culture that viewed the Stones as a competitive force, even a religion?

Drugs were part of the public's '60's expectation of R'nR. Part of music lore, alleged illegal drug usage by the Stones created news. It maybe became free advertising for the band. Its music didn't need it though. It was good enough. Still is. Did drug rumours help the Rolling Stones appear anti-authoritative - after Jagger had fired Jones reportedly because of drugs?

Maybe illegal drugs began choosing Jones more than Jones was choosing music. Maybe the crime world chased Jones and got him. Whatever that mystery, drug addiction can mess with safety, friendships, physical/mental health, ability to trust, even ability to write songs. However, drug addiction is not the only cause of such things. Tobacco doesn't even do all that.

Oh yeah, and despite his past cig smoking, Mick Jagger seems very mentally healthy!

Dolly   May 19th, 2010 8:09 pm ET

As a long time Stones fan, I was deeply disappointed. All of the stuff about the Beatles was so uncalled for. After a half century of performing and making music, you would think the Stones had earned the right to do an interview without the same old pathetic attempts to compare. There really is no comparision. Larry King needs to quit refering to himself as a jewish KID. Regardless of the young women he hangs with, I doubt if he would be able to snag diaper wearing Granny in the nursing home, without his big bucks. Mick however has the personality to get by.

rj   May 19th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

Great show ..The Rolling Stones are the Crown Jewels of rock and roll. And Larry is the KING of TV interviewers. Any references to the BeAtLeS were all in context of the British invasion, I thought they were fine. Best song ? s/b Ruby Tuesday a Mick masterpiece!

Les   May 20th, 2010 3:28 am ET

does anyone know if and when they will show this mick jagger episode of lkl again?...i'd really like to see it in it's entirety so i can judge for myself...or is it on another video web site (hulu, youtube, etc)??

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 20th, 2010 5:43 am ET

Liked the interview and Mick Jagger is looking good. Go the Rolling Stones and may they rock on forever.

lklproducer   May 20th, 2010 8:12 am ET

Les – We will be REPLAYING the interview with Mick Jagger this SUNDAY.

L' Cupidville   May 21st, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Mick Jagger on the name of the band: Rolling Stones

The naming of the band is covered extensively in Bill Wyman's book , "STONE ALONE". It is a well known fact that Brian Jones named the band the "ROLLING STONES" Indeed, it was after a Muddy Water's tune - Rolling Stone. Funny how the victors vanish the truth by repeating a untruth enough. I was surprised that Mick Jagger didn't tell the truth on the naming of the band. Afterall, it was Brian Jones' band to begin with. Bill Wyman would know - he was there ..... and apparantly doesn't have the EGO to stand in the way of actually telling the truth and the real story behind the band - the ROLLING STONES.

Hugo Ray Park

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