Mick Jagger's Quotes

1 When I first went to America, I met James Brown at the Apollo, and he let me hang out with him and watch his shows. I copied all of his moves. I used to do his slide across the stage, when you move laterally from one side of the stage to the other, twisting your foot on one leg. I couldn't do the splits, so I didn't even bother. Everyone did the microphone trick, where you pushed the microphone, then you put your foot on it , and it comes back. James probably did it best.
2 Solomon Burke had such a great voice...powerful but in total control. It oozed soul. The great man had a wonderful sense of phrasing and dynamics born out of the church and gospel experience. We loved that and he was a huge influence on all of us, but especially myself in those early formative years.
3 [on scalping and the secondary sourcing of tickets] The artist is totally powerless in this. People have made a lot of fuss about it before, but - on the other side - some people are like 'We might as well participate in it'. Why shouldn't they in a way?.. It's completely legal, so - until it's illegal - there's nothing much anyone can do about that.
4 [commenting in 1985 on The Smiths album "Meat Is Murder" going to number one in the UK] I'm not sure I wanna hear a whole album about meat.
5 [on Hubert Sumlin ] Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player. He had a really distinctive and original tone and was a wonderful foil for Howlin' Wolf's growling vocal style ... He was an inspiration to us all.
6 [in 1980, explaining why the Stones removed the song "Claudine" (about Claudine Longet's murder trial) from the Emotional Rescue album after her lawyers threatened to sue] We've done things that we can't use because they're too close to the knuckle as far as people are concerned. I don't mind being sued - there's always 2 or 3 lawsuits currently running against someone with more than $50,000 to their name - but I don't want to put out a million albums and then have to withdraw them...
7 [on Bo Diddley ] He was a wonderful, original musician who was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones . He was very generous to us in our early years and we learned a lot from him. We will never see his like again.
8 [about Elvis Presley ] He was a unique artist... an original in an area of imitators.
9 It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
10 Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
11 All dancing is a replacement for sex.
12 I am conservative with a small "c". It's possible to be conservative in fiscal policy, and tolerant on moral issues or questions of freedom of expression.
13 Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community or we go out and tour. We couldn't really find any communities that still needed pillars.
14 I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five.
15 [on media coverage of him]: As long as my face is on page one, I don't care what they say about me on page seventeen.
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