Who Is Mick Jagger?

June 16, 2012

Who Is Mick Jagger?


R.E. Prindle


     In one’s reading one often comes across the odd fact that makes one pause.  Such a fact was when I read that Mick Jagger was in New York City in 1963 where he became the fast friend of Andy Warhol.  This was a friendship that was to last for Andy’s lifetime.  How odd, I thought, what can that mean?  A year or two later now, I think I’ve begun to make sense of it after rereading A. E. Hotchkins Blown Away:  The Rolling Stones And The Death Of The Sixties.

     I’ve always found the Stones repellant so while I’ve read the odd volume It’s always been with a certain amount of disdain; I don’t pay any real attention then toss the book aside.  But Mick keeps popping up in the odd places, mostly in conjunction with Andy.  Consider that Bianca was a member of his entourage.

     So, reading Hotchkins:  Nineteen sixty-three was the coldest winter in England in perhaps four hundred years.  That found Mick and Brian and Keith freezing because they couldn’t afford to buy heat and starving to death because they had no money for food.  Yet, later in the year Mick has flown a big 707 to New York while being able to afford the time he spent there.  How could that be?  Why was it important for Mick to be in New York at twenty years of age never having held a job and in 1963 with no real rock and roll prospects.  Certainly not a hope of becoming what they did.  One couldn’t be a bigger nobody and yet he and Andy became buds.

     As we are constantly reminded Mick attended the London School of Economics- the LSE.  So, while Brian and Keith sat facing each other over the dead heater playing their fingers off, developing that two guitar style that so distinguished them Mick was off warm and toasty at the LSE.  Probably a little better nourished too.  Mick always takes care of himself.

     The London School of Economics.  While I have never seen Mick’s curriculum or how many units he earned, from the name of the school it has always been assumed that Mick was taking business classes and accounting.  But is the LSE a business school?  No.  It isn’t.  It’s a socialist or Communist university that is more interested in political and social issues than accounting, although that discipline is offered.

     The London School Of Economics was founded by Beatrice and Sidney Webb.  At the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth they were the leaders of the Fabian Socialist Society.  That society whose most famous members were George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells.  One might expect the LSE to be utopian in outlook and surprise! it is.

     The school is a relatively select small one accepting only 1200 new entrants a year out 20,000 applicants. From all over the world, actually.  So one must obviously meet certain rigorous requirements.  I suspect grades are a very small part of this.  One’s political and social views are much more important.  In other words, if you’re of the British Nationalist Party it wouldn’t make any difference if you were a second Einstein, you won’t be accepted.  So we can safely assume that Mick was thoroughly vetted and thought to be safely socialist to be admitted.

     Mick attended classes through 1963 leaving only when the success of the Stones was assured.  As his subsequent career furthered the LSE agenda it would seem that the LSE or someone associated with it linked him up with Andy in New York.  In 1963 Andy had gained a degree of notoriety with his Soup Cans but was not yet the social force that he


would become.  However, it is fairly clear to me that he was active, had been active through the fifties, if not yet a force, in the Homosexual and Underman Revolutions.  He and Mick together would be very active and influential in the Sexual, Homosexual and Underman Revolutions.  There may then have been the purpose in linking Mick and Andy up.  Remember, these two were tight until Andy’s death.  Mick was the sole celebrity to attend Andy’s funeral and he had to fly to Pittsburgh to do it.

     Specifically who financed this meeting in 1963 isn’t clear but the faith placed in both men was astounding.

     Mick carried through for whoever placed this faith in him.  His stage persona promoted homosexuality specifically and sexual liberation in general moving those Revolutions forward.

     The Stones were also leaders in the Underman Revolution.  As events led up to the social Revolution of 1968 the Stones were in the forefront recognized as revolutionary leaders in both the US and Europe.  Of course when the dominoes began to fall- Hendrix, Morrison, and Janice Joplin et al. Mick beat a hasty retreat and turned from a Street Fighting Man into ‘just a singer in a rock and roll band.’  His stage persona turned even more femmy than ever.  No threat here, Mick telegraphed.

     Mick then lived out the socialist revolutionary agenda openly through the sixties accepting emasculation rather than death when the ‘establishment’ became aroused.

     Who is Mick Jagger? and where did he come from? and for what purpose?  As his career lines up perfectly with the agenda of the LSE what compact with that particular devil did he make?

     Of course the Stones were talented but doors could have been closed, half-open or wide open.  They were wide open so the Stones had somebody’s approval.  In the music business that would would be somebody from the Left/Socialist/Communist influence.

7/10/12 Update

Young David Bailey

      Jagger’s 1963 or ’64 trip to New York was in company with the photog of 60s Swinging London David Bailey the model for Antonioni’s movie Blow Up.  He presumably paid Mick’s way.  He and Mick considered themselves Mates.  Bailey was running with model Jean Shrimpton while Mick had picked up on her sister Chrissie.  Chrissie introduced Jean to Mick who then advised David that Mick was going to be bigger than the Beatles.  The two men hit it off, David describing Mick as his mate.

After 40 Miles Of Bad Road

Bailey apparently had a close or fairly close relationship with Andy Warhol thus in 1963 he flew Mick to New York introducing  Mick into Andy’s circle.  Mick and Andy remained close friends throughout Andy’s lifetime.  Bailey was hugely influenced by Andy’s art while both as portrait artists may have been in synch or influenced each other.

     Bailey as in these pictures seems to have been a wild man probably open to any thing in the sexual way.  Looks to have been a hard traveling man.  He was born in the 1938 the same year as myself.

After The Crash And Reconstruction

Update 7/12/12

On p. 548 of Stephen Davis’ biography of the Stones- Old Gods Almost Dead- I got the piece of evidence I most coveted in unequivocal terms.

On the Moscow date of the 1998 European tour Mick announced to his audience: ‘I was a Communist in college.’  That is at the London School Of Economics.

But then money being the magic solvent of politics, that it is, with a hundred million in the bank ‘…things tend to fall away, and you become more pragmatic.’  Perhaps in defense of those millions Mick would scream into the microphone some time later: God gave me what I have.  A startling defense coming from an avowed atheist, but then money can paint a color from black to white.

There you have it from the horse’s mouth.  The runways are now cleared; it’s time for lift off.  I don’t have to defend my studies; I can tell it like it is:  How the Stones corrupted the youth of the world in the name of Communism.

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