Mick Jagger Nik Cohn - Essay

Nik Cohn

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

I had once written that the Stones were a wonderful rock & roll band, the very best in creation. But I also wrote that aging did not suit them. Their greatest gift had always been for outrage, and outrage needs youth. Therefore, I suggested that if they had any sense of completeness they should blow themselves sky-high three days before their thirtieth birthdays.

In its context, it was meant as friendly advice, a gift from an admirer, but clearly it misfired. Thirty has come and gone—Bill Wyman must be close to 40—and still they persist….

Once, the Stones were a genuine explosion. They had urgency and rage, real passion, and though they always loved to play games, there...

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