Part V

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones

And The Yobbo Revolution

by

R.E. Prindle

Rolling Stones: Mick, Brian up front.

Rolling Stones: Mick, Brian up front.

…they’re just war babies with the bell bottom blues.

==Robert Christgau

Along about 1968 Jagger among the Stones, at least, became disenchanted with his and their new manager Allen B. Klein of notorious fame.

By 1968, counting 1963 as the beginning of their labors the Stones had been working hard. Jagger and Richards had emerged as successful songwriters giving them a financial advantage over fellow stones, Jones, Wyman and Watts. By that time the band was said to have earned millions but had virtually nothing to show for it except for a heroin habit and several cases of VD. When one says heroin habit one reduces disposable income considerably.

The Stones last effort Their Satanic Majesties Request seemed to indicate a loss of direction. Their initial impetus had been expended. The impetus that began in 1963 had then played out. The good part of the Sixties was over and the bad part had begun with the ’66 release of the Doors first album containing the appropriately named song The End. The Rock scene had turned dark while turning the volume up.

The Stones knew dark so they quickly reinvented themselves as a Dark band turning out Beggar’s Banquet in 1968. Out there on the buying end of rock and roll I groaned. The new Stones were born as the Hounds of Hell emerging from a drug fueled Freudian unconscious. Just what the world didn’t need.

While Jagger and Richards engaged the world with their follies the other three members had to suffer enduring the ignominy in silence. Richards would go on to astound the world with his drug offenses. While Jagger himself descended into darkness as a Satanist carrying his inamorata Marianne Faithfull along with him.

While both deny other than a titillating passing interest in Satanism the facts imply a more serious involvement.

Stones:  Brian, Odd Man Out

Stones: Brian, Odd Man Out

These years that should have been bright were the beginning of dark times, darker than the Communo-Nazi era for the world. Deny it if he can, Jagger was a leader on the downward path.

Undeniably the Fifties and Sixties were a trying period but which decade of the century hadn’t been? Fear of both Communism and the A-Bomb, not to mention the Neutron Bomb, kept people tense. There was a disturbing lack of balance in which TV, newspapers, and magazines presented developments. Nevertheless the beginning of the post-war period was one of astounding advances in knowledge both in Science and the Liberal Arts. Huge layers of ignorance were sheared away. For instance the knowledge of geological tectonic plates that demonstrated how the planet evolved was, shall I say, earth shaking.

In 1950 the highest an object had been was measured in feet; the atmosphere hadn’t been penetrated. Seven years later the Soviets put the Sputnik in orbit. Telstar went up in July 1962 to tremendous astonishment and acclaim opening the way to the future and the fabulous prosperity of the late Sixties and the Seventies.

Medicine cured syphilis and all venereal diseases, killing and disabling diseases were gone and even TB and polio were ended. At the beginning of the Fifties a child had to ponder being debilitated by both as a probable occurrence. The diet was improved immensely and made more varied. But, as life improved the psyche grew darker, dissatisfaction with virtual perfection was endemic. Murder and crime increased dramatically. Charlie Whiteman in his UT tower, Richard Speck’s ritual murder of the Chicago nurses. While the good genie let many good things out the bottle at the same time a cloud of darkness followed. The country chose to embrace the darkness rather than the light.

During the Sixties Satanism was on the rise. We all know there is no existing entity called Satan but Satanism is a fact of the psyche. First truly released by Freud in 1900 Satanism had been emerging as a social force. A 1966 cover of Time Magazine asked the question Is God Dead? This sparked a fair controversy at the time. That same year, less conspicuously and metaphorically saw the birth of the Son of Satan, Andy, in the book Rosemary’s Baby by the Jew Ira Levin followed by the movie of the same name directed by the Jew Roman Polanski. Rosemary’s Baby was followed by a spate of Satanic novels and movies. The shift from God’s Son, Jesus, to Andy was quite noticeable but we were slow to comprehend.

The Satanic movement had been building since the middle of the nineteenth century when the Frenchman, Eliphas Levy, reorganized the occult along modern lines. The Golden Dawn brought Satanism into prominence in the English speaking world. The Golden Dawn was captured by the pervert Aleister Crowley who guided Satanism through the first half of the century. He died in 1946. A druggie and sex fiend, his sex magic in the Sixties was joined by that of the Jewish sex madman, Wilhelm Reich, also a notable Freudian. Reich had even had his books burned by the US government but like a phoenix his sexual ideas rose from the flames during the Sixties. ( See the movie WR, The Mysteries Of The Organism, read organism as Orgasm. This movie is not for the weak of mind.)

The magical crowd had coalesced in the beginning of the Sixties. In England it was led by the Satanic Process Church that emigrated to the US, LA based, and back to England. In the US the chief Satanist was the San Francisco based Anton Lavey with his acolyte in Los Angeles, Kenneth Anger. It is to be noted that the sex magician Charles Manson was associated with all these people in one form or another.

Jagger and his consort Marianne Faithfull were drawn into the flames through their friend in London, Groovy Bob Fraser who seemed to be the clearing house for all strange in London. He introduced Mick and Marianne to Kenneth Anger while they found their own way to the Process Church. Mick was recruited by the Crowleyian Satanist and filmmaker Donald Cammell. Cammell’s father had been a Crowleyian having writing a biography of him. Cammell’s mind thus had been corrupted from childhood.

Cammell starred Jagger and Keith’s girlfriend Anita Pallenberg in his ’68 movie Performance. Pallenberg was a long gone cutie deeper into Satanism than probably anyone in the crew.

Mick had become acquainted with the fashion photographer David Bailey in late ’62 or early ’63. Anthony Burgess published his Satanic novel A Clockwork Orang in 1962.

In ’62 and ’63 Jagger was a nobody, a student at the London School of Economics while doubling as frontman for the unknown Rolling Stones, or Rollin’ for the purists. The two apparently bonded on sight as the two bought the movie rights to A Clockwork Orange. This strange situation has never been explored. As far as we know Mick had no money or anything really to recommend him to Bailey who was a very successful photographer and the model for Fellini’s movie Blowup. Yet while a student and singer for a grungy R&B band Bailey took him under his wing, or perhaps Andrew Loog Oldham that inveterate man about town introduced himself to Bailey, then introduced Bailey to Mick with whom he was palling. It would seem that Andrew first discovered A Clockwork Orange in mid-62 talking it up with Bailey and Mick. Andrew and Bailey saw Mick as the hero of the book, Alex, leader of his band called The Droogs. The idea of the Droogs exerted a fascination over the minds of Andrew, Bailey and Mick and through Bailey and Mick the Warhol crowd of NYC. As a photog for English Vogue Bailey would have had an intro to New York and the American Vogue.

For those who aren’t aware, Vogue Magazine is a huge global presence. There are many ‘local’ editions of the magazine published for Germany, France, Russia, Italy and even Japan. It is really extraordinary. I subscribe to the English edition and buy Italian, Parisian, German and the occasional Japanese copy from a news dealer in my own city. Globalism takes on a real meaning.

In reading Stone’s histories there is no mention of Jagger being absent from London in 1963 but Bailey scooped him up and took him to New York, presumably at his own expense or perhaps that of Vogue to shop for a movie maker for their book.   Bailey who was very up on things may have thought that Andy Warhol would be interested; in fact Warhol did make a movie that purports to be based on Clockwork Orange but you couldn’t prove it by me. But, in 1963 Warhol was not yet that famous or his vacuous movies. Bailey must have had his nose to the ground with the sensitivity of a bloodhound. Where Mick got the money for his share of the rights and trip to what is now known as The Big Bagel isn’t clear.

In New York Mick met the Dark, if not Satanist, Andy Warhol with whom he banded as quickly and tightly as he had Bailey. Because of this the Stones would always be big in the Village.

Interestingly Mick’s girlfriend during this period was Bailey’s top model Jean Shrimpton’s sister, Chrissie Shrimpton.

Things fell out, Mick gravitated to the adultress, Marianne Faithfull. The two were arrested at the famous drug bust at Keith’s Redlands in 1967.

Apparently Mick et al. thought they were immune to the laws and mores of the time concerning drugs so that Mick took the arrest and subsequent conviction as a grievous insult. It confirmed and hardened his devotion to Satan while solidifying his revolutionary aims. He thought the ‘kids’ would be able to bring down the State.

Thus in 1967 they recorded and released the record album titled Their Satanic Majesties Request. Smarting horribly- for all practical purposes Marianne’s life was ruined. In combination with a succession of injurious events that would follow, Marianne’s psyche would never recover. She had been holding the burning match to see how close to her fingers it got before she was burned, she now knew.

Still in reaction to the arrest, following Satanic Majesties, Mick decided to make a film. This became the long lost Rock And Roll Circus. The movie only has historical significance as it was never released at the time. Rights were held by Allen Klein so after his death in 2009, under his son Jody’s direction ABKCO released it for the first time. Psychologically it places where Mick was in 1968.

The American Satanist Kenneth Anger had a huge shoulder to shoulder tattoo of the name L-U-C-I-F-E-R on his chest to show his dedication to the Commander In Chief. At the end of Rock And Roll Circus as the band plays Sympathy For The Devil we see Mick groveling on the stage as though to the Master. He wiggles out of his shirt rising to his knees to display a Lucifer tattoo on his bare chest. Whether real or a transfer isn’t clear. I hope the latter.

In 1968, at least, Jagger had dedicated himself to Satan. While Marianne has since repudiated Satanism claiming the fascination was a passing fancy it seems clearly to have been more than that.

That aside, to be borne in mind as we move along. Mick, who is no dummy, had been quickly learning the ropes of the record business since his introduction in 1963. As he wasn’t getting enough money to indulge his fantasies, finances became his chief concern.

The Stones were first managed and promoted by the nineteen year old Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham was the right man to put the Stones on the road. Unfortunately for himself Andrew was at the flighty if not to say flaky stage of life so that he found it expedient to sign the Stones to the American desperado or operator, Allen Klein. Klein was the big talking type so endemic to the industry who promised the moon while actually being able to pry money from the labels not that much ever got back to the artists. While first being pleased with Klein’s services getting money out of him was a problem so that Jagger quickly became disaffected with him. In 1968 he began the search for a money man who would work in the Stones’ interests.

This was a critical period for Jagger and the band. Their first rush of creativity ended about 1966 as the songwriters went dry and the band quit touring. The transition from the sixties to the seventies actively took place between ’66 and ’67. In fact that was the Sixties, the rest of the decade was a long slow fade. The artists most identified with the sixties didn’t make the transition to the seventies and beyond. The Stones before ’68’s Beggar’s Banquet were a quintessential 60s’ band. Beggar’s Banquet eased them toward the seventies.

So at this transitional period that must have been cause for great anxiety the band had little to show for their sixties output other than a certain notoriety that was however global and second only to the Beatles.

In his search for a money man Jagger asked his friend Chrissie Gibbs for his help. Gibbs was a central figure in the Groovy Bob Fraser circle. Fraser’s place was a central gathering place for the crowd including the American Satanist Kenneth Anger and the Warhol crowd.

Fraser himself was an art dealer who associated himself with the upcoming Pop Art Movement. Thus he was the center of all that was hip and modern.

Gibbs knew of an investment banker by the name of Prince Rupert Loewenstein. Rupert was an actual hereditary Prince who prefaced his name with that title. According to Rupert’s memoirs, A Prince Among Stones, Rupert knew Gibbs in only the most casual manner, Gibbs was not exactly a member of the aristocracy as he is presented.

Rupert And Keith

Rupert And Keith

Rupert is a bit of an enigma. He says, in his memoir, that he had never heard of the Stones when Gibbs mentioned them. In the context of the times the Stones were rock musicians who are as a class not welcome in polite society and even some not so polite society, yet Rupert said to this very casual acquaintance that he would look into it. Then, as he tells it, he learned who or what the Rolling Stones were and that all three principals of the group had been arrested on drug charges a year earlier along with Robert Fraser the art dealer and a true member of the aristocracy although now declasse. Rupert even says that he agreed wholeheartedly with the judge.

Just as a point of reference, when I opened my record shop in 1967 the insurance agents would not even sell me insurance while the AAA agent cancelled my auto insurance. I could obtain no amenities and only grudgingly services. So, it is extremely strange that Rupert knowing the actual unsavory history of the Stones jeopardized his standing in respectable circles in the City and society to associate himself with them. And I mean associate, he actually toured with the band. If he didn’t know the kind of people he was with he certainly learned then.

Now, no one associated with rock and roll had any social standing especially the Stones as the bad boys of rock. Then all the creeps and drug dealers who being around the record scene especially attached themselves to the Stones and believe me that crowd was well beyond unsavory. Robert Greenfield’s book S.T.P. will give you some examples but the flavor of these people doesn’t come through in print.

As I read Rupert’s autobiography, he died a year or so ago, I find a distaste for Stones from beginning to end. Even the title of his memoir, A Prince Among Stones, is a put down of the Stones. Rupert obviously disdained the Stones. So, one asks why he would choose to represent them? And that’s only the beginning of the mystery.

Having accepted the assignment as they used to say on Mission Impossible he had to familiarize himself with bushels of documents and assorted records. Before he could even confront Klein he had to spend a year trying to understand the documentation. Klein was a tough cookie who didn’t play by any rules. You grappled with him. I’m not sure that the Stones to this day know what Rupert did for them.

Here’s the point: The Stones are said to have no money with which to pay him, we are told that they were stone broke. Didn’t mean that they didn’t have a great stash but, you know, they were broke. This was a serious time for the band. Get this: Rupert worked three years gratis with no guarantee of ever making a dime. That any of us should have luck of that kind. Further he learned that there was no way the Stones were going to get any money out of Klein without very expensive litigation. But, there were exceptions as we shall see. The Stones entire career from 1963 to the end of the contract in 1971 that Andrew had saddled them with belonged to Klein. Never fire your manager when he holds your life in his hands.

Any career they would have to make money would begin in 1971. The intellectual properties Jagger and Richards’ had created would provide them with an income apart from the band although the publishing was sold to Klein by Andrew. But the full intellectual properties would begin only with Exile On Main Street.   And of course by then the big boom in record sales was underway. Even at the end of the sixties the record business was small potatoes. The stadium era was on the horizon.

From Rupert’s point of view the only real potential for money for him would come from the Stones’ touring. The Stones would do some non-stop touring beginning in 1971. The ’69 US tour was Rupert’s introductory tour during which he learned how inefficient and criminal touring was..

Until Rupert reorganized touring, the road had not been profitable for the Stones. No money at all.   So Rupert began his management career on the off chance that the Stones would stay together, actually a fairly long shot, and he could mount some extravaganzas and monitor expense to make the road profitable. Little he knew that he was catching the really big one.

If you sit and think about this a little it will blow your mind the chances that Rupert was taking especially with a heroin addict of the status as Keith. I mean we’re talking the Master of Flake with Keith- no offense intended. The man blew millions that Rupert was setting up in recording contracts when Keith was arrested with a jug of heroin in Toronto. Keith was not in this alone, there were three other Stones plus Mick as well as Rupert who had bet his life on the Stones. Can you imagine how crushed Rupert was when he had to call all the bidders and advise them of Keith’s gaffe. Keith cost Rupert a couple million too.

This is amazing, the pre-’68 money had been so badly managed that the Stones owed more tax money that it appeared that the band could ever pay off; especially when every new dollar would be taxed at ninety percent. What were the Brits thinking? As I understand it the Stones have never paid the debt off, or tried. So Rupert compelled them to leave England for a more tax friendly climate. As we are repeatedly told they were broke one wonders how they expected to finance their life in France. Mick and Keith were OK because as Robert Greenfield tells us in his book Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones On The Road To Exile just before the Stones left England Klein sent Mick and Keith each a check for 800 and some odd thousand dollars. That is nearly a million each. I don’t know whether BMI paid royalties quarterly or half yearly but Mick and Keith should have gotten a check of comparable size quarterly, semi-annually or annually. For the next decade or two probably double that. No sympathy here.

Andrew These Days

Andrew These Days

Wyman and Watts both bought handsome residences on the Riviera so one wonders where that money came from while Exile was being recorded. They settled on the Riviera where they spent a fortune recording Exile On Main Street. Over half a million dollars. And while Exile sold well still only over seven hundred and some thousand copies on its first release; not enough copies to surpass recording costs so they received nothing for the LP initially. Still Rupert hung in there, drug stories or no.

As the only hope for the Stones to make money, apart from intellectual right for Mick and Keith, was touring and thereby justify Rupert’s decision to throw in his lot with them Rupert set about to make touring as profitable as possible. He was in for some surprises as he had to come into contact with the Underworld, Mafia to you and me. I don’t see how he or they ever thought that there would be the truly big money of the last tours especially in North America but luck and the times were with him and them.

The Stones, about whom hung an air of vulgarity, were never a top selling recording band, mediocre at best but Jagger was a top performance artist while Keith was and is revered as a guitarist and personality. The nature of the tour also evolved so that under the guidance of Rupert major companies such as Chrysler sponsored tours contributing up front money while toward the end promoters ponied up a couple hundred million to manage the tours. The expense of putting on the show was the Stones but the mechanics of lining up venues and retailing the tickets was off their hands.

If you can stay together the intellectual property or ‘brand’ can become extremely valuable providing a payoff as time goes on. The Stones may be unique in the size of the payoff but many performers have been on the road for decades and are still out there, viz. Bob Dylan.

Still given all the imponderables, one is astonished that a respectable investment banker would take such a huge risk on his future. Not only had the principals been arrested and convicted, actually sent to jail, on a drug charge but they were involved with the revolutionary movement, indeed, other revolutionaries considered them one of them. Jagger wrote revolutionary and agitprop songs. As the seventies were characterized by revolutionary upheavals throughout the Western world including European outfits like the Baader-Meinhoff Gang and the Italian Red Guards and the infamous Carlos as well as the criminal and destructive American group, The Weathermen it would have been desirable to have some inconspicuous means of communication. Historically a means has been itinerants who had a reason to travel about such as the entertainers like the Stones and Bob Dylan. Cultural exchanges in governmental usage.

I think it quite possible, although I have no hard evidence that when Rupert was investigating the Stones at Chrissie Gibbs request he may have contacted the security agencies of England who seeing an opportunity to put an operative above suspicion in the Stones organization recruited Rupert.

As an intelligence agent in the Stones’ organization Rupert could maintain contact through his Europe wide aristocratic friends while dealing through the Stones with the revolutionaries who, at the very least, hung around the Stones. I suspect that Mick and Keith were more than sympathetic to them.

Eric Burdon of The Animals as a solo artist was arrested by the German police on suspicion of aiding the revolutionaries. Eric pleads innocence of course but the rock crowd as a group was sympathetic to the revolutionaries while the lyrics themselves were frequently openly revolutionary. Police suspicion would not have been misplaced.

In Eugene Oregon where I had my record store at the time, revolutionary zanies functioned quite openly, at least as far as I was concerned, infesting the foothills of the Cascades where they had built bunkers to store weapons, ammunition and food against the Day which was thought imminent. As a record store owner they assumed that naturally I too was a revolutionary. The Black Panthers for instance extorted money from me. I was caught in the middle as the authorities assumed naturally that I was too. It was tricky as I was then walking a tightrope between two hostile sides.

Thus Rupert otherwise inexplicably declassed himself while undertaking to represent a bankrupt band that was hopelessly in debt to the Inland Revenue. A debt he knew could never be paid off and never has been. In fact his first act regarding the ones was to advise them to leave England for more tax friendly shores.

When Rupert moved the band from England they ceased being a specifically English band becoming a band without a country or a true global band. As a global band it is probable that Allen Klein even though Jewish was strictly of a US geographic mentality whereas Rupert being Europe based with friends in each country was better able to deal with different tax laws, mores, etc. As a businessman he was better prepared to set up the business organization that the Stones needed.

It must be borne in mind that when the band left England on the cusp of the big boom of the seventies they became a multi-million dollar corporations with rather intricate financial problems. Klein had the reputation of a buccaneer; he could squeeze the pips but he couldn’t command respect, Rupert could.

So, the success of the Stones after ’68 depended in a great part on the superb financial management of Rupert, as well as his ability to deal with a lunatic like Keith. Rupert had no sooner got the band established in France than Keith got them thrown out of the country for, let’s not put a gloss on it, criminal behavior. Keith was handling large amounts of heroin while providing, as it were a safe haven for the Marseilles criminal drug element. Finally Keith and Anita turned a young girl, possible with violence, which resulted in the Stones having to flee France. That made two countries they could no longer perform in, at least for a while, France and England.

I’m sure Rupert smacked his forehead, wrung his hands and asked the universe, what the hell is going on? Keith and Mick must have been born under good signs as Rupert stayed on.

Allen Klein

Allen Klein

Having established a basis for prosperity Rupert then set about dealing with the first key problem, Allen Klein. Although broke the Stones initiated an expensive , read multi-million lawsuit against the wily Klein. Americans operate on the principle that possession is nine tenths of the law so getting anything out of Klein would be a small miracle. Without numbers to go on any accurate notion of what happened is impossible but as both sides were into the lawsuit for millions over eighteen years it would seem the results when they finally signed off were profitable for each.

So, having serendipitously acquired a supremely competent money man in Prince Rupert Loewenstein the financial future of the Stones was secured. They would become perhaps the richest band in history.

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones And The Revolt Of  The Yobbos

Part II

by

R.E. Prindle

Warhol Jagger

Mick, Dave And Andy

If you had looked you wouldn’t have seen it but Sigmund Freud, or at least, his ghost was quietly at work transforming the psychology of Western Man.  The old chivalric ideals of the Arthurian sagas was rapidly being replaced by the Jewish hopes and fears of Sigmund Freud and the Jewish people.

The Aryan ideal was based on an intense consciousness and objectivity while the Jewish understanding was unconscious and subjective.  Aryans followed a concept of honor, Jews followed a concept of chutzpah.  The transformation was understood if not clearly seen by the science fiction writers of the fifties.  Stories subsequently made into movies such as The Blob, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, book title: The Body Snatchers, and I Am Legend told the tale of the subversion of the conscious as people were portrayed as the living dead or zombies.

Warhol Jagger

With the way prepared then the next step was the free expression of subconscious desires undeterred by reflection and the subversion of men and women in sex.  Freud proclaimed that the more frequently men ejaculated the better a person they would be, at the same time preaching the dangers of repressing those psychological ‘needs’ or desires to the exclusion of all others.

The Libertine element or Bohemians of society seized the opportunity while those yet imbued with  Chivalric or Christian ideals held out while those ideals were slowly eroded replaced by Jewish ideals.   Of course the Pill and drugs came along to push Freudian ideals into fast forward, a bunch of Charlie Chaplins rushing to the future.

Warhol Jagger

At the same time movies and TV began to glorify the expression of an undefined rage  against Western ideals and justifications of its impression appeared regularly in ever more sadistic and uncontrolled expressions.  Movies glorifying drug use and homosexuality appeared regularly.  This enabled homosexuals, sadists and what have you to recognize and find each other thus being able to organize in associations.  The Homosexual, Sexual and Yobbo, or Undermen, revolutions were thus able to more forward much more rapidly.  One was able to discuss these aberrations as normal conversation, mere expressions of the varieties of sexual experience.  Then in 1962 Anthony Burgess published the Yobbo bible, A Clockwork Orange, which in 1971 was made into the most despicable of movies.

The Yobbo bible apparently found a ready audience awaiting it.  In New York, the Prince, even the King, of the Yobbos, Andy Warhol, teamed up with the London fashion photographer David Bailey to buy the screen rights from Burgess at bargain basement rates.  They obviously saw the book’s potential for forwarding the revolutions on the screen for the corruption of Western youth.  Bailey who must have been one the earliest jet setters having met Andy on an earlier occasion perhaps after Andy had introduced his soup cans unless Andy had been recognized as a leader of the revolutions before he had gained fame as an artist.

Warhol and Bailey were quick off the block obtaining the rights in either late ‘62 or early ‘63.  Certainly a prescient move.  As Andy was just beginning his switch from art to film while having no experience in film making Bailey’s collaboration seems as though it were a leap of faith.  Perhaps  if they met in ‘62 or even earlier he and Andy jabbered about the potential of movies while riding a white horse name Obetrol.

David Bailey who had risen rapidly in the late fifties at British Vogue is credited with being one of the originators of

Warhol Jagger

Swinging London.  What a knockout combination that was, had us all slavering at the mouth wishing we were part of it.  Bailey even had his career commemorated in Antonioni’s film, Blow Up of 1966.  A sensational film in its day though I find it difficult to see the significance today although still good mood and photography.

David had met Mick sometime in 1963 through his girl friend model Jean Shrimpton.  Mick was dating Jean’s sister Chrissie who introduced him to Jean.  Jean had no trouble spotting the Stones potential introducing David to Mick with the giddy news that he and the Stones were going to be bigger than the Beatles.  Slightly enthusiastic; the Stones were going to be big but not bigger.  Nothing really approaches the impact of the Beatles.  The dead Lennon is either a god or nearly one while none of the Stones will reach that status.

David and Mick bonded immediately becoming in David’s word, mates.  David was five years older than Mick and already successful so that must have enhanced his appeal to Mick.  As David looked at Mick and saw the Stones play he apparently said to himself;  These are the yobbos I need for my movie, droogs if I ever saw them.  He and Mick boarded a big 707 jetliner, one assumes, in mid to late ’63 to be introduced to co-owner of the movie rights of the intellectual property as the star of the semi-porn flick, at least as it would be filmed in 1971.

David Bailey- Fashion Photographer

This was a fateful connection for Mick and the Stones.  Now, Mick had been attending the London School of Economics, LSE, during ‘62 and ‘63 only leaving university in late ‘63 when he believed the Stones were going to make it.  It is hard to believe that he would give up school for the ephemeral success of England- two good years and out, replaced by the next pretty face.  Perhaps Bailey and Warhol were already planning the exploitation of the record industry as a propaganda tool.  Certainly Bailey was conscious of the trans-Atlantic connection between British and American Vogue.  For guys on the qui vive it wouldn’t be much of a leap to imagine trans-Atlantic musicians, after all, the Englishman (Scot, I know) Lonnie Donnegan had already had a few hits, including a monster, The Rock Island Line, in America.  If, in their discussion Mick could have seen the potential, leaving university would be a bet on a bigger and more glorious future.

Some think Bailey and Warhol would have made the movie but ALO placed the price of the Stone’s too high.  As Oldham was as keen on Clockwork Orange as anyone that doesn’t necessarily ring true.  There must have been other reasons.

Nor was Mick studying bookkeeping at LSE as often represented.  The school was established by the Fabian socialist Webbs c. 1900 and was a Communist training ground.  Mick did have a scholarship which means he must have been vetted as good future material.  Although LSE does have an accounting department Mick was enrolled in political science with the intention of being a Communist politician.  So, Mick, David and Andy were to follow a revolutionary agenda pushing the envelope in sex and unruliness.  The emerging drug scene promoted both aspects and added a new one.

Shortly after Mick returned home the Beatles burst upon the scene from the Ed Sullivan show in February of ‘64.  This was the avant garde of the British Invasion opening up fabulous new vistas for the yobbos of small insular England.  For whatever reason the Beatles were an immediate sensation.  I’ve got a very good ear but I couldn’t hear it then and I still can’t.  The Stones, not really that big a deal yet, followed shortly after gaining full national exposure on Sullivan’s show.  Young America was watching.  Regardless of the opinion of Stones’ fans they didn’t cut it.  There didn’t seem to be much there other than the hype.  Mick couldn’t sing while having a very weird appearance.  All eyes were on the magnetism of Brian Jones, looking right past Mick.  You can see him noticing where the attention was going and looking over at Brian as though to say:  But I’m the singer and should be the center of attention.  Perhaps Brian’s fate was sealed at that moment.  Certainly if he had been brought up front, as all four Beatles had been, there might have been more interest.

No matter, the first tour may have been a bummer but the conquest was still quick enough.  The Stones were after all British.  Gold, at the moment.

In any event Warhol and Jagger became fast friends. A friendship that was to endure to Andy’s death in 1987.  By the time the Stones had gotten settled in Andy had been shot in 1968 actually killing him but the doctors brought him back.

The early endorsement of Warhol had cemented the relationship of the Stones with the yobbos of Bohemia.  In ‘63-64 Warhol was only just getting the Factory, the clubhouse of homosexual drug addicted Yobbos, going but that gang would have spread the word effectively in Manhattan club land.

I’m sure Mick’s sexual ambiguity, bi-sexuality, or whatever you wanted to call it kept the enormous homosexual population of Greenwich Village Bohemia in his corner.  After Andy’s recovery in 1969-70 the relationship between the two men developed.

Andy Warhol

To quote the website

http://www.montauklife.com/history/hist-main2.htm :

Mick Jagger was painted [by Warhol] while he was at the height of fame.  Andy and Jagger first met in 1963.  Warhol spent a lot of time with Jagger and his wife, Bianca, but claimed he was the closest to their daughter Jade, whom Andy remembers teaching to paint.  Over the years the artistically inclined Jagger kept tabs on the musically inclined Warhol.  Mick was such an admirer, that in 1972 when the Stones formed their own record company, they tapped Andy to design their logo.

Montauk is the easternmost town at the end of Long Island.  Andy and Paul Morrisey had bought a twenty acre compound there that they rented out.  In 1975 they would rent it to the Stones for 5K a month while they were making Black and Blue.

In the meantime the Stones expanded their list of celebrity acquaintances on their 1972 Exile On Main Street tour.  Needless to say these celebrities were all related to Warhol and the Bohemian scene.  This included meeting the Warholite photographer Peter Beard who directed the Stones to Montauk.  The linked Montauk site is worth reading.

Clockwork Orange Poster

All right.  A Clockwork Orange was released in 1971 with devastating results.  Just previously in 1969 the Homosexual Revolution had succeeded in escaping the restraints of New York City laws with the   Stonewall  Riots  leading to the golden age of homosexuality before AIDS hit.  The Stonewall Inn was on Christopher Street in the Village, the very heart of the Homosexual Revolution and Warhol’s empire. This led to an increase in the corruption of society.  Following on the heels of the Riots perhaps encouraged by them the effects of A Clockwork Orange were much greater than The Blackboard Jungle and Rebel Without A Cause of the mid-fifties.

There were serious consequences not least of which was a sado-masochistic tone to the Stones as exhibited in their Black And Blue release of 1975.  It is hard to believe that this record didn’t reflect Andy’s sado-masochistic influence.  The inside cover depicting a bound woman being brutalized, the title Black and Blue seeming to indicate the bruises she was getting from the beating caused a major uproar, especially amongst Lesbian groups, resulting  in the photo’s being withdrawn to be replaced by a group shot.  Warhol and Mick were in sync.

In addition to providing the Stones’ logo Andy also designed three record covers for them which advanced the homosexual sadistic agenda.  The first was the blatantly homo Sticky Fingers.  The title was interpreted to mean the result of beating off while the cover has the famous zippered jeans with the working zipper.

The second cover was Love You Live with its double entendre of cannibalism.  The third, Emotional Tattoo, a bootleg, featured Mick on the cover of 1983.

In 1975 showing Andy’s great admiration or love or Mick he made a portfolio of large 42 x29 inch prints reproduced in this article.

During this whole period of the seventies Mick’s wife Bianca was the reigning queen of the Warhol/Halston entourage.   While Mick promoted satanic sex riding an enormous inflated penis on the stage he was somewhat more puritan with his wife off stage.  He found Bianca’s  sexual behavior in the Warhol entourage so humiliating that he was forced to divorce her.  One can say that he was patient with her past the endurance of most guys.

But Andy and Mick remained good friends.  In 1987 when Andy took the one way barge trip to a new life Mick was the only celebrity friend who took the time to attend Andy’s funeral in Pittsburgh.  Thus ended probably one of the most significant friendships of our time.

By the time Andy died they and one presumes, David Bailey, had been more successful in achieving their goals than they might have hoped.  Of course Sigmund Freud gave them more than a leg up.

Next:  Nemesis Catches Up With The Stones.

Who Is Mick Jagger?

June 16, 2012

Who Is Mick Jagger?

by

R.E. Prindle

Mick

     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

Keith

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.