It is safe to assume that the 80s were a little fuzzy for Mick Jagger. In fact, the 80s were so fuzzy for the Rolling Stones frontman that he forgets writing a 75,000-word memoir that will probably never see the light of day.
The manuscript is currently in possession of rock historian John Blake, who, in a piece written for The Spectator, details how the manuscript came to exist. Apparently in the 70s, Jagger was given a monstrous advance to write a memoir, but due to his less-than-perfect recollection of his own life (hmmmm I wonder why) he quickly lost interest. However, just three years ago, someone handed Blake a fully-typed manuscript Jagger allegedly cobbled together in the 80s. Apparently it had been rejected by a publisher because it was “light on sex and drugs.”
It still, however, contained this drug-fueled anecdote:
Mick tells of buying a historic mansion, Stargroves, while high on acid and of trying out the life of horse-riding country squire. Having never ridden a horse before, he leapt on to a stallion, whereupon it reared and roared off ‘like a Ferrari’. Summoning his wits and some half-remembered horse facts, he gave the stallion a thump on the forehead right between the eyes and slowed it down — otherwise the Stones’ story might have ended differently.
Seeing both the money-making potential and the historic value of a Jagger memoir, Blake recently approached Jagger about getting the thing published, the iconic rocker said that he “could not remember” writing it. Whether that’s true or not, it’s the perfect response.