THE ROLLING STONES WAY OF
PART VI: The Teens
Haiti, obviously it's one of the most poor
countries in the Western hemisphere. It's very close to the United
States, really. It's had a long relationship with lots of countries
that I've been involved with, you know, the United States, France. And
it's like a desperately poor place. And when these terrible disasters
happen in a very poor place, the result is magnified over and over and
over and over what it would be in a country that is more accessible,
with more infrastructure left and so on. So this is like a huge,
disaster for one of the poorest, poorest countries - and it's so poor,
it's very hard to describe how poor it is compared to all the other
countries in our hemisphere... (The Haitians) have a wonderful spirit,
they have an amazing attitude to life, a very vibrant culture, a very
vibrant cultural life in music, in dance, poetry... carving, painting
is amazing, so they have a very varied cultural life, but they've had
terrible poverty that they've endured for hundreds of years since the
independence of Haiti two hundred years ago. So they've had to endure a
terrible lifestyle, mismanagement and so on, so this perhaps for Haiti
could be the most terrible moment but it could also be a turning point
where Haiti would get all the help it needs to restructure its society,
so they can take advantage of the wonderful human resources that
- Mick Jagger, January 2010
In 1971, I certainly wasn't thinking, Oh, it's a new page or The '60s are over.
Because the '60s were very different at the beginning than they were at
the end... (M)aybe some decades have that acceleration on, and others,
not so much. I mean, we've had a lot of acceleration now. Technology is
just incredible. God knows if we'll survive it.
- Keith Richards, March 2010
The whole question of legalizing drugs is
fraught... You usually try these things out in very small places... You
know, like you try a new product out in a small kind of society or an
island somewhere. And in England they always try out new mobile phones
in Isle of Man. They've got a captive society. So I said, you should try - you should try the legalization of all drugs on the Isle of Man and see what happens. Human
beings seem to have a propensity to want to take drugs in some form...
It seems to be the propensity of human beings to want to use them... I
think you have to take that as read, you know. But then what do
you do when it affects so many people's lives, and not in a good way.
And then also you get a lot of violence at both ends of the scope. So
you get violence in some countries... which, like, we have in Mexico
now, and you get violence at the other end of people trying to obtain
drugs. That's the part that speaks to some sort of legalization.
Because that, you would hope, would help the violence from both ends of
the supply line.
- Mick Jagger, May 2010
got to (eat) when you're hungry. We've been trained from babyhood to
have three square meals a day, the full factory-industrial revolution
idea of how you're supposed to eat. Before then it was never like that.
You'd have a little bit often, every hour. But when they had to
regulate us all, OK, mealtime!
That's what school's about. Forget the geography and history and
mathematics, they're teaching you how to work in factory... It's very
bad for you to stuff all that crap in at once. Better to have bit here,
a mouthful there, every few hours a bite or two. The human body can
deal with it better than shoving a whole load of crap down your gob in
- Keith Richards, Life (2010)
I don’t really subscribe to a completely
normal view of what relationships should be. I have a bit more of
a bohemian view. To be honest, I don’t really think much of marriage.
I’m not saying it’s not a wonderful thing and people shouldn’t do it,
but it’s not for me. And not for quite a few other people too, it would
appear. I just think it’s perhaps not quite what it’s cracked up to be.
I know it’s an elaborate fantasy... If you have studied or have even a
passing knowledge of animal behavior, it’s hard to see how our rules
and regulation fit in... Oh, yeah, I love it when women (mention
swans). I always have a joke with L’Wren about that. Women tend to say
these things more than men do, don’t they? They mate for life, you know. (laughs) Yeah, it’s swans and there’s one other. What is it? Albatross, or something.
- Mick Jagger, November 2010
When we we first came to the United States,
the blues had been largely forgotten - not forgotten - but it was not
the music of contemporary black America, right? It was, perhaps,
ignored to some extent. The good part of it is we talked about it a
lot. And people listened.
- Mick Jagger, February 2012
It's stupid to make out that you're rebellious
your whole life. People in the French Revolution wanted it to go
forever, but other people got fed up with it. You move on to the
post-revolution, which is what we did. It doesn't mean you get
comfortable and end up fat in front of the fire with a big cigar. I
still like to get out there and bust it up.
- Mick Jagger, November 2012
(Being a) schoolteacher would have been very
gratifying, I'm sure. There are millions of things you would have loved
to have done, a politician, a journalist … I thought of being a
journalist once. All these things you think of when you're a teenager,
you can think, well, I would have liked to have done that but that's
completely pointless but I don't feel frustrated for a lack of control
at all and I'm very pleased with what I've done. Everyone wants to have
done more things in their lives. It is a slightly intellectually
undemanding thing to do, being a rock singer, but, you know, you make
the best of it.
- Mick Jagger, June 2013
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