Mister D: Bette‘s version of events is quite different from what’s in this book. In an interview she implied that all that was done in the closet with Mick and David was “business talk.” She said she learned so much in the time spent with the other 2 legends…what really happened…only they know for sure!
The Daily MailJagger and Bowie? They were sexually obsessed with each other: Explosive new book says there’s another side to the Rolling Stones‘ love life and that Jagger’s conquests include a bandmate and an MP By CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON 13 July 2012
Had you met the 16-year-old Mike Jagger â€” as he was known then â€” he probably wouldnâ€™t have left much of an impression. Far from being a Lothario, he was ignored by the girls at neighbouring schools.
â€˜There were some good-looking boys around that we all kind of drooled over,â€™ recalls one, but Jagger â€˜certainly wasnâ€™t one of them. We all thought he was kind of ugly, really.â€™
Still, Jagger, who was plagued with acne, did have one foolproof way of luring girls into a bedroom.
When his mother was out, heâ€™d invite his target over to try out items from the sample case of cosmetics Eva Jagger hawked door-to-door as an Avon lady. But rather than trying to manoeuvre the girl on to the bed, young Mike had a rather different idea in mind: he wanted to be made up, too.
â€˜He just seemed happy letting me put lipstick and mascara on him,â€™ recalls one girl. â€˜It did strike me as very strange at the time, but it was all in fun.â€™ Dating Mike, she added, was like â€˜being with one of the girlsâ€™.
In common with many boys in the early Sixties, Jagger didnâ€™t have a girlfriend until after heâ€™d left school. For one thing, sex was never discussed at his middle-class home; for another, heâ€™d been to an all-boys grammar in Dartford, Kent.
â€˜I had my first sexual experiences with boys at school,â€™ Jagger said once, adding the sweeping generalisation: â€˜I think thatâ€™s true of almost every boy.â€™
Were these trysts a trigger for his distinctly open-minded approach to sexuality as an adult? In his 20s, it became clear that he was genuinely attracted to men as well as women â€” and he reportedly went on to have several bisexual affairs, some with household names.
Yet while his liaisons with beautiful women have commanded headlines for decades, most of his male lovers have simply passed under the radar.
Jaggerâ€™s transformation into a sex symbol for both sexes was dramatically quick.
At 19, he was described by fellow students at the London School of Economics as reclusive and shy; yet that same year he totally reinvented himself.
He and his old schoolmate Keith Richards had joined a rock group headed by guitarist Brian Jones â€” whoâ€™d decided to call the band the Rolling Stones.
Their first gig â€” at which parts of the audience booed â€” was at the Marquee Club in London, 50 years ago this week.
By then, Jagger had already perfected some of his signature moves by singing with another band in a dank basement club in Ealing, West London. On the very first night, heâ€™d pranced and writhed across the stage, causing a few jaws to drop among the largely working-class clientele.
â€˜Frankly, it was wildly embarrassing first time around,â€™ said the clubâ€™s owner, Alexis Korner.
Had the audience but known it, Jagger was trying to impersonate Marilyn Monroe â€” â€˜Iâ€™m not sure why,â€™ he told Korner, â€˜but I identify with Marilyn.â€™ The pouty lips, swivel-hipped walk and playful tosses of his long hair were all a parody of the Hollywood star.
That year, he moved into a squalid two-bedroomed flat in Chelsea with Jones and Richards, where he amused himself by wearing pancake make-up, lipstick and heavy mascara â€” not to mention a powder-blue linen housecoat, a lavender hairnet, stockings and high heels.
â€˜Mick was waving his hands everywhere,â€™ Richards recalled.
â€˜A real Kingâ€™s Road queen. Brian and I immediately went enormously butch, sort of laughing at Mick.â€™
As he sang in a succession of seedy clubs, members of the audience sometimes became abusive. In January 1964, his antics provoked shouts of â€˜queer!â€™ and â€˜homo!â€™. On another occasion, Jagger and the gay interior designer Nick Haslam were dining at a Kingâ€™s Road restaurant when an older man seated at the next table leaned over and asked loudly: â€˜Are you a man or a woman?â€™ The restaurant fell silent as Jagger stared at the man, expressionless.
Without saying a word, he stood up, unzipped his trousers, and produced the evidence.
Back home with his flatmates, Jagger became convinced Jones wanted to replace him with another singer. In the first of a lifetime of deftly played sexual games, he seduced Pat Andrews â€” who was not only Jonesâ€™s girlfriend but also the mother of his son, Julian.
â€˜I figure the only reason he slept with Pat, who was certainly not very attractive,â€™ said Ian Stewart, whoâ€™d signed on as the groupâ€™s pianist, â€˜was to get at Brian.â€™
Although Jones wasnâ€™t in love with Pat, he was disturbed to discover heâ€™d been cuckolded by the â€˜flaming Kingâ€™s Road queen.â€™
This didnâ€™t stop Jones and Jagger then having a brief sexual fling with each other.
According to Anita Pallenberg, the German model who eventually had affairs with not only Jones but Richards and Jagger, too, it back-fired. Jones told her, she said, that the liaison had left Jagger feeling emotionally raw and wondering who seduced whom.
A few years later, there were rumours that Jagger was having an affair with another member of the Stones: guitarist Mick Taylor.Â Whether he did or not, two members of the bandâ€™s entourage once found the two Micks dozing in bed together. Â
It was after his seduction of Jones that Jagger landed the first of many gorgeous girlfriends: a 17-year-old secretarial student whoâ€™d been eyeing him up since he started performing. Chrissie Shrimpton â€” the sister of Jean, who became a top model of her day â€” remembered him as â€˜very giggly, very pretty, very campâ€™.
Soon, he was wearing make-up onstage and in public. One musician, who shared a tour with the Stones, observed that Jagger was â€˜tarted up like some transvestite .â€‰.â€‰. Even for us, it was pretty shockingâ€™.
By then, the group had taken on a manager â€” a brash 19-year-old called Andrew Oldham, whoâ€™d briefly worked for The Beatles.Â After moving into a larger flat with Jagger and Richards, he, too, started wearing make-up.
It was Oldhamâ€™s then-girlfriend, Sheila Klein, who pulled Chrissie aside and first sowed the seeds of doubt. Did she think the two men were sharing a bed, asked Sheila.
Shaken, Chrissie replied, â€˜Not when Iâ€™m there, because I sleep with Mick.â€™
But, although she was in the throes of a stormy affair with him, Chrissie was aware of the gossip about her boyfriendâ€™s sexuality. Â
â€˜Mick was very masculine-minded â€” he was very strong and aggressive,â€™ she said. â€˜But, physically, he was very feminine.â€™
One day, she caught Jagger and Oldham in bed together â€” both sleeping in the nude. â€˜I was so naive â€” I thought they looked very innocent and sweet together,â€™ she said. â€˜But itâ€™s obvious Mick was bisexual even then.â€™
Nor was she the only person to find them cuddling up under the sheets. Oldhamâ€™s mother did, too â€” and, according to Oldham, was â€˜none too pleasedâ€™.
Chrissie, meanwhile, was becoming increasingly irate at having to pretend she wasnâ€™t with Jagger â€” because he wanted the public to think he was single.
â€˜Mick really doesnâ€™t respect women,â€™ she said. â€˜He likes to have sex with them, but he also has a fundamental animosity toward them.â€™
Interestingly, Jaggerâ€™s first wife Bianca later echoed this: â€˜Mick doesnâ€™t think much of women,â€™ she told TV host Geraldo Rivera.
Whether he did or not, he was developing a passionate fan base. After a Stonesâ€™ concert in Paris in 1964, rampaging fans roamed the streets, attacking people at cafes and smashing shop windows.
According to Oldham, â€˜Mick stirred up some incredibly intense feelings in many males. Sex, rage, rebellion â€” he brought it all to the surface.â€™
No one, least of all Jagger, denied he was the catalyst for the violence that had taken place. â€˜What Iâ€™m doing is a sexual thing,â€™ Jagger said, pointing out that his movements on stage were essentially a coquettish striptease. â€˜What really upsets people is that Iâ€™m a man and not a woman.â€™
But, he hastened to add: â€˜I donâ€™t stand in front of a mirror practising being sexy, you know.â€™
In fact, thatâ€™s precisely what he did. As Chrissie watched, he pranced and posed for hours in front of their bedroom mirror. Â
To the public, however, the nature of Jaggerâ€™s powerful sexuality gradually ceased to be a matter of doubt. As Chrissie faded into the past, he grew notorious for his never-ending stream of female conquests â€” often several at a time.
At the same time, he was forging a number of close friendships with men. Among his admirers was the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who brought along his friend Tom Driberg, the British MP, when he dropped in on Jagger in April 1967.
Driberg, then 61, put his hand on Jaggerâ€™s thigh and made a crude remark about his â€˜basketâ€™.
Apparently, Mick wasnâ€™t remotely offended. He reportedly told his friend Barry Miles that heâ€™d spent a night in bed with Driberg and Ginsberg.
â€˜Many of Mickâ€™s closest friends,â€™ said â€˜Spanish Tonyâ€™ Sanchez, former drug dealer to the Stones, â€˜are men who he knows long to go to bed with him. The feminine side of his complex personality seems to delight in their flattery and admiration.â€™
During Jaggerâ€™s relationship with singer Marianne Faithfull â€” who followed on from Chrissie â€” he often wore her frocks. According to her, the couple were game for pretty much anything.
If he happened to find her in bed with a woman, more often than not he jumped in with them. â€˜His attitude was that heâ€™d much prefer me to have a girlfriend than a boyfriend,â€™ she explained. â€˜Same as I preferred him to be in bed with a man rather than a woman.â€™
Marianneâ€™s ex-husband John Dunbar recalled that â€˜bisexuality and androgyny were not only accepted but encouragedâ€™.
He claimed to have personal knowledge of an affair between Jagger and another towering male rock star.
â€˜They were both being worshipped,â€™ Dunbar said, â€˜and they were isolated by sycophants.â€™
But he believes there was another reason Jagger found intimate relationships with men especially satisfying.
â€˜I think it has a lot to do with Mickâ€™s attitude that all women are groupies,â€™ he said.
â€˜Itâ€™s a more equal mating with other men because theyâ€™re your peers.â€™
Another rock star who attracted Jagger was the openly bisexual David Bowie, four years younger and then married to Angie, an American who often shared male and female partners with him.
After meeting in 1973, the two men were soon spotted everywhere together: sitting ringside at a boxing bout, hanging out at the London disco Tramp, yelling their approval at a Diana Ross concert, or just cuddling up together on a hotel sofa. Bowie also took Jagger to gay films.
In October 1973, Angie had been out of town for a few days and came home to find Jagger and her husband asleep and naked together in bed. Both men woke with a start.
â€˜Oh, hello,â€™ said Bowie, clearly taken by surprise. â€˜How are you?â€™
â€˜Iâ€™m fine,â€™ Angie replied. â€˜Do you want some tea?â€™
Mick, blinking, remained silent.
Angie returned a few minutes later with tea and orange juice on a tray.
While it wasnâ€™t a case of catching them in flagrante, she â€˜felt absolutely dead certain that theyâ€™d been *****ing. It was so obvious, in fact, that I never even considered the possibility that they hadnâ€™t been *****ing.â€™
Â She added: â€˜I wish it had been me with Mick â€” Iâ€™ve always thought Mick must be a wild man in bed.â€™
Ava Cherry, a back-up singer who lived with the Bowies for a time, reportedly told a friend that: â€˜Mick and David were really sexually obsessed with each other. Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching.â€™
According to Cherry, the two men became â€˜very closeâ€™ emotionally and â€˜practically lived together for several monthsâ€™.
Few were in a better position to watch the relationship between Bowie and Jagger unfold than Bebe Buell, a Playboy centrefold who had affairs with both. Once they realised this, the two stars teamed up to lure her into flamboyant high jinks.
â€˜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,â€™ she said. â€˜Or four gorgeous black men.â€™
In 1974, Jagger turned up for the opening of Bowieâ€™s Diamond Dogs show at Madison Square Garden in New York. At the after-show party at the Plaza Hotel, he disappeared into a bedroom walk-in wardrobe with Bowie and the singer Bette Midler. Â
The three of them were in there for over an hour â€” during which, according to guests, they did little to disguise what they were up to.
â€˜It sounded pretty obvious,â€™ recalled one record executive. â€˜There was moaning and moving about. Naughty giggles, too.â€™
When the trio emerged, they were â€˜a tad dishevelled, but all smilesâ€™.
Bowie and Jagger were still close in the mid-Eighties, although by then both were insisting theyâ€™d never really been bisexual.
At one stage, they were contemplating a remake of Some Like It Hot, a film that would have required them to do most of their parts in drag.
Another of Jaggerâ€™s enduring gay friends was the artist Andy Warhol. In New York, one of their favourite pastimes was sizing up other celebrities and rating their sex appeal.
â€˜Mick was always pointing out cute men,â€™ said Warhol confidant Christopher Makos. â€˜Heâ€™d say to me, â€œWow, look at that good-looking guy over there.â€ But I really think he was more heterosexual than bi.â€™
This was something of an understatement. At the end of the Sixties, Mick had a spate of sleeping with a different woman every night â€” at the time, he had a distinct preference for Americans.
â€˜Women Mick had slept with would come up to us in restaurants, and heâ€™d have absolutely no idea who they were,â€™ said his friend Christopher Gibbs, a Chelsea antiques dealer. Â
As Jaggerâ€™s long-suffering first wife Bianca â€” to whom he was frequently unfaithful â€” later pointed out: â€˜Itâ€™s very strange, the mystique of women feeling theyâ€™ve made it if theyâ€™ve slept with Mick.
â€˜It shows such a lack of respect for themselves. He finds it repugnant.â€™
But not all his flings were with groupies. Whenever Jagger desired a woman who failed to succumb, heâ€™d woo her with extravagant gestures and single-minded intensity.
The American model Janice Dickinson, who met him in the Seventies, recalled: â€˜There were 50,000 phone calls, day and night, from places all around the globe.
â€˜He became obsessed with me. He was filling my room with pink roses and signing the note â€œLove, Prince Philipâ€.â€™
She realised that was a joke â€” as was his next line: â€˜Will you have my baby?â€™
â€˜It was never going to happen,â€™ said Dickinson. â€˜However, Mick Jagger is the best of the best of the best of lovers, bar none.â€™
She was not alone in that opinion. Jerry Hall certainly thought the same â€” and so, unfortunately for her, did her much younger rival Carla Bruni. Although, as we shall see on Monday, Carla slightly qualified her endorsement. â€˜Heâ€™s a wonderful lover,â€™ she said, â€˜for an old man.â€™
* Extracted from MICK: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Mick Jagger by Christopher Andersen