Mick Jagger

On this date in 1943, Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, England. He was one of the founders of the iconic band The Rolling Stones in 1962, and became its lead singer and songwriter. The Rolling Stones is known for its influential hits such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965), “Get Off of My Cloud” (1965) and “Paint It, Black” (1966). Jagger toured with The Rolling Stones in many different countries, including the famous “The Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas ‘75” and the more recent “A Bigger Bang Tour” in 2005-2007, one of the highest grossing tours ever performed. The Rolling Stones were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.

In 1971, Jagger helped create the Rolling Stones Records label. Jagger achieved further fame as a solo artist with five albums including “She’s The Boss” (1985), and as an actor and producer who founded the Jagged Films company. He has acted in films such as “Performance” (1968) and “Ned Kelly” (1970), and his music appeared in the 2004 film “Alfie.” In 2003, Jagger was knighted as Sir Michael Jagger for his Services to Music. He married twice and has seven children.

“Like most English people I’m not a great believer,” Jagger said in a 2007 interview with The Independent. “I’ve read Richard Dawkins’ book and it’s very persuasive. I’m more in awe of the universe and that’s not really a belief in God.” Jagger has also spoken out about the harm of religion. “Killing for ideas is the most dangerous form of killing at all. Being willing to die for your ideas rather than your country is another concept, but dying for an idea, like in religion, is absurd,” Jagger said in an interview with High Times in 2003. Some sources say that Jagger now practices Buddhism.

“I don’t have belief in the Holy Book. I don’t think many English people do.” 

—Mick Jagger, to The Independent, 2007

Compiled by Sabrina Gaylor

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