Book leads Richards, Jagger to patch up differences
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.