Sir Mick Jagger says he and his late friend David Bowie had “fun times” together while dominating the music scene in the late 60’s/70’s. The Rolling Stone frontman opened up to ET at the premiere of the new HBO series, Vinyl – on which Jagger serves as an executive producer.
“We used to go out in New York a lot. We used to go out dancing all the time,” he told Entertainment Tonight, adding “[I’ll most miss] the good times we had together. We had fun times. It’s nice to remember them.”
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Author Christopher Andersen chronicled Jagger and Bowie’s sexual obsession for each in his 2012 book Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger. Andersen is the author of often scandalous, bestselling biographies of the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Princess Diana. As the NY Daily News reported, Jagger was “quite coy about his own sexual preferences,” while Bowie – who died of cancer at aged 69 last Sunday – made no secret about being bisexual.
An excerpt published by the NY Daily News describes how Bowie’s wife at the time, Angie Bowie, discovered Mick and Bowie naked together in bed.
“Angie went upstairs to her bedroom, slowly pushed the door open, and there they were: Mick Jagger and David Bowie, naked in bed together, sleeping. Both men woke up with a start. ‘Oh, hello,’ said Bowie, clearly taken by surprise. ‘How are you?'”
“Mick looked at David and wondered if maybe this was the wave of the future,” said Leee Black Childers, former executive vice president of MainMan, the management firm that handled Bowie. “Mick was very conscious of doing whatever it takes to stay hot; David was the hottest thing around at the time.”
While it was hip to “be part of the bisexual revolution,” the book also reveals how Angie attempted to persuade David from having an affair with Mick, only to secretly find herself desiring the singer because she “always thought Mick must be a wild man in bed.”
“I used to get some pretty strange phone calls from Mick and David at three in the morning,” said Bebe Buell, the former Playboy model who had affairs with both men, “inviting me to join them in bed with four gorgeous black women.” Or, she added, “four gorgeous black men.”
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Mick and David teamed up for a cover of “Dancing in the Street” in 1985, and Jagger’s son, James, who stars in Vinyl, shared with ET a favorite memory of Bowie and his father.
“The ‘Dancing in the Street’ video is hilarious. Whenever I’m feeling blue, I just google ‘Dancing in the Street’ and it makes me laugh. It’s so ’80s, it’s amazing,” said Jagger.
James plays an up-and-coming punk rock singer in the ’70s New York City music scene in Terence Winter’s Vinyl, set to air on HBO February 14. The pilot was directed by Martin Scorsese, who has confirmed plans to direct further episodes of the series.
Speaking to the Independent, Mick said, “I’ve had this idea – about a film set in the music industry – for years. We developed it and developed it… it was a very sprawling idea.”
During the Vinyl premiere party, James Jagger also paid tribute to Bowie for being one of the most important musical icons who exhibited fearless artistic expression.
“He was really a champion of ‘I don’t give a s**t of what you think about me.’ I think that was really important for that whole period that was coming out of the shackles of the ’50s and the second World War. It was that next generation that really pushed the envelope of self-expression and creativity, and I think he was paramount and inspiration for so many people,” Jagger explained.
Mick Jagger has gushed about his love of the mix of fictional characters with those based on real performers, such as David Bowie and Led Zeppelin. The series features existing songs from prominent performers and those created for the series. Mick has acknowledged helping his son with one song, but he credits James for the work.
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