“I’m going to try to keep it light,” Mick Jagger says with a gummy grin at the start of “My Life As a Rolling Stone.”
How to encapsulate one of music’s giants while staying light-hearted is of course a challenge given the band’s rich history. But the four-part docuseries premiering Sunday on Epix (9 p.m. EDT/PDT) offers a full account of how the Rolling Stones became ROLLING STONES with footage from past performances and interview clips, plus new commentary from Jagger. , Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. .
The series is split into four episodes, with the weathered but sprightly 79-year-old Jagger the obvious launch (Richards, Woods and the late Charlie Watts follow for the next three weeks). Jagger’s Delivery will stream free for 90 days on Epix.com and the app, as well as on Apple TV, Amazon, Roku and most cable outlets.
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While there’s plenty of Stones minutiae to digest, at its core, the episode emphasizes the band’s inimitable frontman and CEO, of whom Richards says, “He really is an honorable man under all that crap.”
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Tina Turner didn’t think Mick Jagger would ‘amount to anything’
Soul legend Tina Turner recalls Jagger attending her concerts in London, watching from behind the speakers as she and Ike Turner performed. PP Arnold, one of the vaunted Ikettes, says that the “sexy” and “cool” Jagger would also come backstage to learn dance moves from the Turners’ backup artists.
But Turner was unimpressed with Jagger’s early displays of showmanship.
“It was fine, but I didn’t think it was going to amount to anything,” he says with a husky laugh. “Sorry, Mike!”
Later in the documentary, Turner updates his opinion after seeing Jagger perform again with years of experience.
“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 says. “Mick became Mick Jagger.”
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The Rolling Stones’ Redlands drug bust turned into a career boost
In 1967, the band retired to Redlands, Richards’ estate in Sussex, England, for a “lovely party.” But it quickly turned scandalous: a high-profile drug bust.
“There were A LOT of drugs in there. The LSD, the hashish and the lint all came in,” recalls Jagger. “Getting busted with acid is really weird.”
The incident made Richards mistrust authority. “I still have a chip,” Richards says with a throaty laugh. “I could use a joint right now!”
But instead of dwelling on the arrests of Jagger and Richards (after much legal drama, Richards’ sentence was overturned and Jagger’s reduced to a conditional discharge), the setting added to the Rolling Stones mystique as the contrast rebel from his arranged rivals. , The Beatles.
“Their manager cleaned them up,” Richards says of the British quartet. “Otherwise, they were exactly the same as us: filthy pigs!”
Mick Jagger timed his moves to look good on TV
When the Rolling Stones were invited to play on the 1960s television music show “Ready Steady Go!”, Jagger seized on the opportunity as a way to “work the medium” and reach people’s homes.
“I could see how important this was,” he says. “You have to figure out how you’re going to make a good impression.”
In footage of the fledgling Stones performing “Little Red Rooster,” Jagger shares how he made the band look like perfect rock and roll: He’d visit the show’s set to study camera angles, then go home and practice his rock-and-roll moves. spider. to translate better on television: a calculated exercise created to look easy.
The Rolling Stones logo has nothing to do with Jagger’s lips
During the creation of the “Sticky Fingers” album cover, 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 London’s Royal College of Art to design a poster for the Rolling Stones’ 1970 European tour. In the process, he created the iconic tongue and lips logo, which he says had nothing to do with the bandleader’s prominent pillow features.
“People think the lips are based on Mick. That is not true. I saw it as a symbol of protest, like a child sticking out his tongue,” says Pasche.
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Keith Richards addresses the elephant in the room, literally
The Stones are credited as the inventors of the stadium rock show starting in the 1970s, and Jagger was integral in shaping the band’s stage designs because he wanted “an arcade for me.”
But even one of rock’s mightiest power players had to be told “no” sometimes, and Richards was allowed to divert Jagger from one of his loftiest ideas: having an elephant walk onstage at the end of the show to present him a rose from his trunk.
“The sigh of relief,” Richards recalls with a laugh, “nearly brought the building down.”