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Mick Jagger on the ten things he's learnt about rock n roll

Published 13/12/2012 | 09:20

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during the '12-12-12' benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: Reuters

There can be few more qualified to offer advice on how to make it in the music industry than Mick Jagger.

And after 50 years in the business, the 69-year-old Rolling Stone has produced a list of the top ten things he has learnt during his hugely successful career.

The tongue-in-cheek list, called The Top Ten Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock n Roll, includes some obvious entries about the relevance of drugs and how to trash a hotel room.

But fans may be more surprised by the inclusion of advice about the financial value of mortgages.

Sir Mick shared his wisdom with US chat show host David Letterman, disclosing that at number ten was a piece of advice that would resonate with bands around the world: Nobody wants to hear anything from your new album.

He went on to suggest that one should never take relationship advice from Phil Spector, the legendary record producer and songwriter who is currently serving a 19-year jail sentence for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson, an actress and waitress.

Spector, 72, was a great friend of the band and is referenced in the Stones instrumental track Now I’ve Got A Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene).

Mick also joked about the perils of life on the road, stating: “Before shouting ‘Hi Seattle’, make sure you’re in Seattle.”

He took a light hearted swipe at the band Maroon Five by revealing that he had not made a penny from their hit single Moves Like Jagger before acknowledging with a smile that “everybody you meet after you become famous is only interested in you as a person”.

He said that although song royalties were great they did not match the guaranteed cash flow from a reverse mortgage and disclosed that he entertained himself by signing every tenth autograph “Doris Goldblatt”.

At number three, he suggested that in order to be considerate to fellow hotel guests, your room should be trashed before 10pm.

He told Letterman that you could not get a good joke on the top ten list before revealing his number one piece of advice: “You start out playing rock 'n' roll so you can have sex and do drugs, but you end up doing drugs so you can still play rock-and-roll and have sex.”

Victoria Ward,

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