Saturday 20 January 2018

I'd rather have been a teacher or politician, reveals Jagger

Mick Jagger: says his job is intellectually undemanding.
Mick Jagger: says his job is intellectually undemanding.

Hannah Furness

Most youngsters would consider the life of the rock star to be a dream vocation.

But Mick Jagger has disclosed that he finds the career "intellectually undemanding", and admits he might have preferred to be a teacher.

Jagger, who will play Glastonbury for the first time with the Rolling Stones tonight, confessed he also may have found a life as a politician or journalist "gratifying".

Instead, he claims, he has had to "make the best" of his job in a rock band, adding: "Everyone wants to have done more things in their lives."

In a BBC interview to be aired this morning, he called his role as a frontman with the Rolling Stones a "slightly intellectually undemanding thing to do".

He added he had previously considered a career as a dancer but was put off by the prospect of "so many injuries", concluding he remained "very pleased" by what he had accomplished.

Jagger, who was still a student at the London School of Economics when the Stones were starting out, told John Humphrys: "A schoolteacher would have been very gratifying, I'm sure.

"There are millions of things you would have loved to have done, a politician, a journalist... I thought of being a journalist.

"All these things you think of when you're a teenager, you can think, well, I would have liked to have done that but that's completely pointless but I don't feel frustrated for a lack of control at all and I'm very pleased with what I've done.

"Everyone wants to have done more things in their lives."

Gene Simmons, Sheryl Crow and Sting are all reported to have worked as teachers before their music careers took off, with Art Garfunkel also returning to it later in life.

The unexpected comments from Jagger will add weight to the popular notion he was an intellectual as a young man.

Letters written by a 25-year-old Jagger were sold at auction last year, with Sotheby's book specialist Gabriel Heaton claiming they showed the "wide-ranging intellectual and artistic interests" of the young performer.

He added: "They provide a rare glimpse of Jagger that is very different from his public persona: passionate but self-contained, lyrical but with a strong sense of irony."

The Stones are now due to make their first much-anticipated appearance as the headline act at Glastonbury. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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