Pub­lisher John Blake claims that Mick Jag­ger has kept the man­u­script in a se­cret place

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The Rolling Stones front­man Mick Jag­ger (left) has penned a 75,000 word mem­oir but has re­fused to pub­lish it, ac­cord­ing to writer and pub­lisher John Blake. It is also claimed by Blake that he has the man­u­script kept in a “se­cret hid­ing place”.

Blake said that it was writ­ten in late 70s, when Jag­ger was paid an ad­vance of 1 mil­lion pounds, which he gave back. It of­fers an ‘ex­tra­or­di­nary in­sight’ into the singer and ‘shows a qui­eter, watch­ful Mick than the fast-liv­ing car­i­ca­ture.’

Blake claimed that Jag­ger ini­tially found it dif­fi­cult to write the book be­cause ‘all the years of drugs and de­bauch­ery had ad­dled his brain so badly that he couldn’t re­mem­ber any­thing.’ When the book was fin­ished in the early 80s, it was re­jected by pub­lish­ers be­cause ‘it was light on sex and drugs’. Blake, who de­scribe the mem­oir as ‘a lit­tle mas­ter­piece,’ says, “It’s 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.”

De­scrib­ing how the book needed to be pub­lished, Blake said he ap­proached The Rolling Stones’ man­age­ment lead­ing Jag­ger to claim that he didn’t re­mem­ber writ­ing it and, upon read­ing it, that he never wanted to see it pub­lished. The Rolling Stones’ man­ager Joyce Smyth has since re­leased a state­ment, say­ing: “John Blake writes to me from time to time seek­ing per­mis­sion to pub­lish this man­u­script. The an­swer is al­ways the same: He can­not, be­cause it isn’t his and he ac­cepts this.”

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