The rumors have been around almost as long as The Rolling Stones have.
Now, after being raked up by unauthorized biographer Christopher Andersen, the author is at the center of a credibility storm after one of his key ‘sources’ torpedoed his sensationalist claims.
Andersen’s new book “Mick:The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger,” asserts that Jagger had a long sexual love affair in the 70’s with none other than the Thin White Duke himself – David Bowie.
Anticipating – as they do – the 50th anniversary of The Stones‘ formation, Andersen’s claims are certainly timely. At first Andersen appeared to hit a home-run with his allegations of Jagger’s mammoth womanizing and an assortment of ‘sources’ ready to provide corroboration.
‘Sources’ like singer Chuckie Starr, quoted by Andersen as saying,
“‘It was the glitter era, and everybody wanted to be part of the bisexual revolution,’ said Starr. Before adding, “Mick was no different. He was wearing rhinestones, blue eye shadow, and platform shoes.”
In his book Andersen writes,
“Bowie and Jagger were soon spotted everywhere together without their wives,” says the author. “Sitting ringside at the Muhammad Ali-Ken Norton bout, hanging out at the London disco Tramp, yelling and stomping their approval at a Diana Ross concert, or just cuddling up together on a hotel room couch.”
Andersen also alleges, “Neither superstar complained when one enterprising photographer snapped the two men in a moment of repose, Bowie tenderly cradling Mick’s head in his lap.”
The way Andersen tells it, exposure came when Bowie’s then-wife Angie ‘surprised’ the two men. Andersen claims Angie returned to the home she shared with Bowie in October 1973 after a short trip away, only to discover a naked Jagger and Bowie in bed – together.
In addition, Andersen quotes former backing singer Ava Cherry as saying,
“Mick and David were really sexually obsessed with each other,” Andersen says Cherry recalls. “Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching them have sex.”
Sadly for Andersen, despite his best attempts to make a case for a Jagger-Bowie tryst, his thunder has been somewhat torpedoed by Bebe Buell.
For as well as claiming that Jagger’s conquests (apparently somewhere around the 4000 mark) included Carla Bruni, David Bowie, a pursuit of Angelina Jolie (while he was still married to Jerry Hall) – Andersen also claims that one-time Playboy centerfold Buell was party to numerous orgies that involved Bowie and Jagger.
And this is where Andersen comes unstuck.
Ms Buell, who, famously, had a relationship and daughter – actress, Liv Tyler – with Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, came out swinging on Facebook yesterday and denied Andersen’s claims in so far as they related to her.
In Andersen’s book Buell is supposed to have told the author that,
“I used to get some pretty strange phone calls from Mick and David at three in the morning inviting me to join them in bed with four gorgeous black women – [or] four gorgeous black men.”
Buell has denied these events and – impliedly – that any such ‘confessions’ with Andersen took place. In a strongly worded retort Buell said,
“This entire Bowie/Jagger thing is completely stupid and false! Who cares what they did in their private time? I sure don’t but I don’t like getting dragged into the press when I wasn’t part of it. I don’t do orgies, never did, never have!”
Buell added, “Yes, I dated both men but not at the same time. Bowie was more of JUST a friend. Jagger was a BF on and off for years. I hate having to answer to all of this crap! A person’s sexuality is their own right and business but I am not anyone’s sex toy!”
For many, it’s not only the fact of Buell’s denial but the vehemence of it, that mounts a serious credibility charge against Andersen’s claims. Ironically, it’s Andersen himself who clarifies just who we should believe.
“Perhaps no one was in a better position to assay the relationship between Bowie and Jagger than Bebe Buell,” Andersen writes. “The tall, stunning Playboy centerfold who conducted affairs with both men that lasted several years.”
Quite so, Mr Andersen. Quite so.