Mick Jagger hints he wants to give his old catalog to charity rather than his children

Mick Jagger

Singer says his eight offspring “don’t need $500 million to live well” in an interview about how the Rolling Stones brand will survive

“You can’t always get what you want,” goes the Rolling Stones song, and it seems frontman Mick Jagger has taken the lyrics to heart after hinting that the band’s catalog will benefit charity could come instead of leaving him to his children “who don’t want it”. “I do not need it”.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Jagger said he had no plans to sell the band’s post-1971 catalog but suggested it could be used for charity instead. He said: “The children don’t need $500 million to live well. Light up.”

Jagger, 80, told the magazine that the back catalog might one day benefit a charity. “Maybe you’ll do something good in the world,” he added.

Jagger has eight children. The oldest is 52 and the youngest is six. The eldest, Karis, now 52, ​​was born in 1970 to actress Marsha Hunt. His second daughter, Jade, 51, was born a year later with his ex-wife Bianca Jagger.

Jagger had four children with actor Jerry Hall, daughters Elizabeth (39) and Georgia May (31) and sons James (38) and Gabriel (25). In 1999, Lucas (24) was born while in a relationship with model Luciana Gimenez Morad. In 2016, he had his youngest child, Deveraux, with choreographer and former ballerina Melanie Hamrick.

In the wide-ranging interview, Jagger also talked about how he saw similarities in the ownership issues Taylor Swift had with her record label and early Stones music – to this day, the band still doesn’t own the copyright to some of their biggest hits.

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“The industry was so young that it didn’t have the support and the amount of people to be able to advise you the way they do now,” Jagger told the Wall Street Journal. “But you know, it’s still happening. I mean, look what happened to Taylor Swift! I don’t really know the details, but she obviously wasn’t happy.”

He also addressed how the Rolling Stones brand would outlive the band.

“You can have a posthumous deal now, can’t you?” You can do a posthumous tour,” he said. “Technology has really advanced since the Abba thing [the “Voyage” virtual show].”

Earlier this month, the band announced their first new album of original material since 2005, titled Hackney Diamonds. The band announced their appearance at the Hackney Empire Theater with an advertisement in the local newspaper, the Hackney Gazette. Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood announced the album at a press conference at the theater in east London, in conversation with US talk show host – and frequent Jagger impersonator – Jimmy Fallon.

“I don’t want to be cocky,” Jagger said, “but we wouldn’t have released this record if we didn’t really like it.”

The album, due out October 20, is expected to feature a number of high-profile guest stars, including Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder and former Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Reviews of the album are embargoed, but the Guardian’s music team, who heard the album early, said the energy was often high, with a fast-paced rock ‘n’ roll song joined by many others with the Stones’ trademark high tempo present themselves, including a disco bass line. There are also reserved blues numbers, idyllic country rockers and lighter pop-rock ballads.

The album will be the first since the death of Charlie Watts, who passed away in August 2021, although he will appear on two tracks from previous studio recordings.

Jagger said the band still has another album of songs to release that isn’t finished yet: “I have to finish them. But we made it through three quarters.”


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