As one part of the biggest rock groups of all time, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger has lived quite a life. Drugs, sex, and rock ’n’ roll have all been part and parcel of his much-publicized career – not to mention some of the greatest records ever made. In fact, with his commanding stage presence and rebellious attitude, Jagger is practically the blueprint for all other lead singers.
However, while much of the rock star’s journey has been chronicled in print and online, there remain plenty of obscure and shocking facts surrounding the vocalist. So without further ado, here are 20 Jagger gems that will have you raising an eyebrow or two.
20. He had a life-threatening horse ride
Don’t try to man a horse if you’ve never done so before. Jagger found this out first-hand when he apparently attempted to take one for a ride. Speaking of the incident, publisher John Blake, who claims to possess a 75,000-page memoir written by the star, said in 2017, “Having never ridden a horse before, [Jagger] leaped on to a stallion, whereupon it reared and roared off like a Ferrari.” Luckily, though, the frontman managed to bring the animal to a halt by punching it between the eyes. Poor horse!
19. There was no room at the inn for him
As notorious troublemakers, it’s probably no surprise that Jagger and Keith Richards have been turned away from numerous hotels in their 50-odd years of making music together. However, in the space of just two months in 1966, 14 hotels in New York alone refused to let them stay at their facilities. Bad boys!