Mick Jagger Peeved About New Rolling Stones-Inspired Memoir
The Rolling Stones have unleashed a torrent of merchandising tie-ins over the years, but that doesn’t mean they’re down with any old piece of Stones-related product. Just ask Mick Jagger, who’s currently annoyed with the band’s former financial adviser, Prince Rupert Loewenstein, over Loewenstein’s plans to publish a memoir about his time in their employ.
The book, due out March 6 and cheekily titled ‘A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures,’ promises to tell the story of “an unlikely alliance which re-invented the business of rock ‘n’ roll” through the eyes of its author, described as a man who “thrived in both worlds, never relinquishing his elegance or decorum” while working as “a combination of bank manager, psychiatrist, and nanny.”
That doesn’t exactly sound like the synopsis of a celebrity tell-all memoir, but Jagger still finds it unseemly. “Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think your ex-bank manager should be discussing your financial dealings and personal information in public,” he told the U.K.’s Daily Mail in a recent interview. “It just goes to show that well-brought-up people don’t always display good manners.”
For all of Jagger’s antipathy toward the book, the few passages that have been quoted seem highly complimentary of the band. At one point, Loewenstein says of Jagger, “After the first two or three business meetings with Mick, I realized there was something exceptional in his makeup”; of Keith Richards, he adds, “I saw that Keith was — and I hesitate to say this — the most intelligent mind of the band.”
Loewenstein, who gave up his post as the band’s financial adviser in 2007, was with the group for nearly 40 years; the book, meanwhile, is a slender 272 pages (with a 16-page color insert for photos). Something tells us Mick doesn’t have much to worry about.