Q & A: Mick Jagger

NEW YORK, NY (September 28, 2007) – He may be a rock legend and a British Knight, but Mick Jagger certainly hasn’t shown any signs of taking a breather.

The Rolling Stones frontman has just used a break from his near-never ending tour schedule to release a special edition of “The Very Best of Mick Jagger.”

The CD/DVD package contains a host of cuts made famous by Sir Mick including collaborations with David Bowie – a cover of “Dancing In The Streets” and John Lennon — the previously unreleased “Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup).”

Well, I was on tour for two years. It started in Boston, ended in London a few weeks ago, so I thought now was the time to do it because I didn’t want to put it out while we were on the tour.

I like working Dave. Dave is one of these people that have a hundred ideas and of course not all of them are wonderful but many of them are. He is a great person to work with and he loves to visualize songs so that he is seeing the song as a visual thing. He likes to sort of be saying “this is what we are going to be seeing and this is what we are going to see” and really he is an interesting writer to work with.

It’s a great song

I knew David well. The thing is, that is a great song to do. We didn’t write that, but it’s easier to do a song that is already existing. It is much more difficult to write a new one, but I prefer to collaborate with people that I know all ready in some way. We had been out a few times. Otherwise you are sitting in a room with a stranger and you are looking at each other.

It was a big event then. Of course now a days no one had ever done as big of a charity event or as big as multi-national event before. It was a real ground breaking thing . . . to be that big of a success was pretty amazing. These things were done very quickly there was a really good spirit around at that time.

Yes, he produced. John and I would hang out at that time. We were in Los Angeles and we used to have these jams on Sundays at the Record Plant with all the local musicians – sax musicians and other kind of musicians. We would all come together and jam and this is actually one of the songs. I always thought that John played guitar in it, but then I remembered he started playing guitar and then he became the producer and went into the booth.

Obviously it was all over very quickly but he was a very encouraging. One of the jobs of producing in the record business and in movies is to encourage everyone to do well and tell them how great they are which he did really well on that day. The rest of the time in those sessions I think we just used to jam on twelve bars and not really come out as much and this was one of the few [actual] songs that I remember us doing.

It’s a funny thing because talking about the past and telling all your old stories is all very fascinating but to make a book of it? I don’t really find it that appealing. I have got some other ideas about how to do a book [that] isn’t just another celebrity-as-told-to-some-writer. First of all I think it is more interesting writing it yourself rather then telling it to someone. Secondly, I got a few ideas to find another format to tell this kind of autobiographical story.

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