Book leads Richards, Jag­ger to patch up dif­fer­ences

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

We all need some­one to lean on, and the found­ing duo of the Rolling Stones say they’re do­ing just that af­ter over­com­ing three decades of mis­un­der­stand­ings with a year of some heavy con­ver­sa­tion.

In an in­ter­view with Rolling Stone, Mick Jag­ger and Keith Richards said they re­built their friend­ship af­ter gui­tarist Richards’ best-sell­ing 2011 mem­oir, “Life,” laid bare his pent-up frus­tra­tion with the front­man.

“In the 1980s, for in­stance, Keith and I were not com­mu­ni­cat­ing very well,” Mr. Jag­ger told the mag­a­zine, which cel­e­brates the band’s 50th an­niver­sary in its cur­rent is­sue, Agence France-presse re­ports.

“I got very in­volved with the busi­ness side of the Stones, mainly be­cause I felt no one else was in­ter­ested — but it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt ex­cluded, which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on.”

“Mick’s right,” said Mr. Richards, the other half of the so-called Glim­mer Twins. The pair co-founded the Stones in 1962 af­ter they met in a London train sta­tion and dis­cov­ered their mu­tual love for Amer­i­can blues mu­sic.

“He and I have had con­ver­sa­tions over the last year of a kind we have not had for an ex­tremely long time and that has been in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to me,” Mr. Richards said.

“As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be — but I know that some parts of it and some of the pub­lic­ity re­ally of­fended Mick and I re­gret that.”

Rolling Stone re­ported ear­lier this week that the Stones are plan­ning no con­cert tour for its 50th an­niver­sary, although it quoted Mr. Richards as sug­gest­ing that 2013 was a “more re­al­is­tic” tar­get for hit­ting the road.

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