July 26 ~  I Like It According to the Rolling Stones

"I know its only Rock and Roll, but I like it, like it, yes, I do." ~ Mick Jagger

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Rock and Roll legend Michael Philip Jagger (1943-) was born on this day in Dartford, England and met his partner in music mayhem, Keith Richards, in school when they were both five.

In 1962 they formed the Rolling Stones, the "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." Their first hit, It's All Over Now, went to #3 in 1964.

"Everything that you write, after a certain kind of jolting historic moment, always seems slightly different in hindsight," Jagger said in a 2001 interview.

"Between Elvis Presley and Muddy Waters I was seduced into having a lifetime of music instead of a lifetime of I-know-not-what. So it's all their fault."

Fault aside, there is only one Mick Jagger. Known for his strut, stomp, and pout, he was surly and raunchy, not cute. And bad... very, very naughty. He led the Stones to fame with outrage, with tension, aggression, with sympathy for the devil.

Many call the double-set Exile On Main Street (1972) the best rock 'n roll album recorded because of its raw abandon and passion. "Let it loose, let it all come down," Jagger sang, with a blend of rhythm and blues, Rock and Roll, gospel, and jazz. Yeah, Mick.

In March 2000, Jagger returned to his childhood Dartford Grammar School to open the Mick Jagger Performing Arts Centre. To the applause of the headmaster, he scrawled graffiti on the wall, "I was back! - Mick Jagger."

Jagger told the London Times that he spent the worst years of his life at the school, which he left in 1961 with seven O levels and two A levels. Of his academic decline, Jagger said simply: "Music and girls."

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