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Rock’s Latest Mystery: Mick Jagger’s Secret Memoir

Mick Jagger has reportedly written a book. And we'll reportedly never read it.

British publisher John Blake -- who wrote the 2011 book Up and Down With the Rolling Stones: My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards in 2011 -- claims in an essay for The Spectator that he has a 75,000-word "pristine typescript" written by Jagger that is forbidden to be shared with the public.

Blake writes that the book was given to him three years ago by a mutual friend: "I was dumbfounded. This was the rock 'n' roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls."

Blake says that the book -- which dates from the early 80s and for which Jagger was reportedly paid a million British pounds that he had to return -- was rejected because it shows "a quieter, more watchful Mick" and did not have enough details about sex and drugs.

"Read now, however, it is a little masterpiece," Blake writes. "A perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music, but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism."

Rolling Stones manager Joyce Smyth has confirmed that Blake has approached her about publishing the tome, telling The Guardian in England that, "The answer is always the same: He cannot, because it isn't his and he accepts this. Readers will be able to form a view as regards the matters to which John Blake refers when Sir Mick's autobiography appears, should he choose to write it."

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.