The lives of The Rolling Stones before fame: Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman - part one
We rarely give much thought to how our idols lived their lives before they became famous. But really, how? Take, for example, of the iconic Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger hasn't been "bouncing" around the stage with a microphone in his hands since he was a kid - and neither has his colleague and good buddy Keith Richards with a guitar, right?
Fortunately or unfortunately, not everyone is born "with a golden spoon in their mouth". And before reaching their goals, most of our favorite musicians had to go through a huge and very thorny path, full of adventures, losses and struggles with themselves... Today we offer to find out what the life of the participants was like The Rolling Stones to glory.
"Bohemian hippie" Brian Jones
The man who originated the band, and who is credited with Rolling's signature style (and we're not just talking about musically), is... Brian Jones Brian was an icon of his time: the wild 60s, full of fun, love, hippie freedom in creativity and, of course, substances... His parents were middle class and loved music - they were the ones who influenced his son so much and instilled in him a love for musical instruments. No exaggeration: Brian was a genius in this respect - while still at school he learned to play many instruments, but he as quickly lost interest in them as he gained...
Jones hated school and ignored all rules and laws! As he told it himself:
"Since sixth grade, I've been hanging out with high school kids. That's how I became a kind of bully!"
He had been expelled, he was known as a rebel, but a rebel with a brilliant intellect! He attracted and quickly disposed people to him. Everyone who knew him personally said that he was brilliant, intelligent, and extremely interesting as a conversationalist.
At the age of 17, Brian received his first acoustic guitar as a gift from his parents, and.... it was on! He began to trample his way to fame, playing in local bars and clubs. However - no sooner had he become part of The Rolling Stones than he tried on... the role of a father! He was 19 yearswhen his oldest son was born. Julian Mark Jones. The boy's mother was only 16... Terrified of the responsibility and the fact that it would hinder his career, Brian traveled to Northern Europe. There, he performed on the streets and earned odd jobs, but his "rebellious nature" always made itself felt.
It is known that once Brian stole a small amount of money from the cash register to buy a pack of cigarettes. He was fired, but Jones himself did not "sweat" about it: he changed several casual part-time jobs before he was able to find like-minded people and loudly declare himself as a genius multi-instrumentaliste... By the way: despite leaving this world so early (at the age of only 27), Brian left behind a great legacy, influence for generations to come, and... six children!
"The journey from the asylum to the stage" - Mick Jagger.
And so did Brian, Mick Jagger was not born into a family of millionaires: his mother was a member of the Association of Conservatives, and his father was a physical education teacher. However, from a young age, Mick himself loved singing and had a real passion for it... From the vocalist's memoirs:
"My parents wanted me to follow in my father's footsteps and go into the world of sports. But I only liked one thing on this planet: and that was singing. I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and it's the only thing I've ever seen meaning in..."
By the way: according to one legend, Mick's recognizable performing style came about after he... bit off the tip of his tongue! By accident. But it turned his sound around, and made him such a compelling and recognizable vocalist... Even though he loved to sing, Mick was learning to at the London School of Economics! Even when he met Brian, and together with Keith they planned to form a band, Jagger did not give up his studies - even though it took a lot of effort, time and money....
"Studying cost money. I had to make do with occasional part-time jobs..."
So, one of those part-time jobs involved .... psychiatric hospitalMick was hired as a porter (porter). According to the vocalist himself, the job was boring and "pennies": a week Jagger received four pounds and ten shillings (about 500 rubles at the current exchange rate). At the same time, Mick was seriously considering pursuing a career as a journalist or politician - the latter he often compared with the "pop stars".
"Once you've served, you can be a star!" - Bill Wyman
Antiquity Bill Wyman - how could we have overlooked him? He was an important part of The Rolling Stones for 30 years! And then, from 1993, he turned to his own projects and built up a loyal fanbase, albeit not as large. Wyman's childhood may have been the darkest of all Rolling Stones - according to the musician himself, it was marred by poverty and the sorrows of the Great Patriotic War....
"I lived through the Blitz. I saw people die, whole families. I was just a kid..."
Nevertheless, a poor childhood taught Bill independence and intelligence - qualities worth their weight in gold! As a teenager, Wyman created with his own hands fretless bass guitar! Since childhood he also kept a diary detailing war episodes... In the future he would declare himself a bass player, photographer and also an amateur archaeologist ! Not a man, but fireworks! Now that's the love of life...
Before becoming part of the British Invasion, Bill worked in a bookmaker's shop for a while before serving in the Royal Air Force for 2 years. He then signed a contract and served another year at Oldenburg Air Base in Northern Germany, where he spent the rest of his service in the Motor Transport Department. Music, he admits, has always been a a remedy for the soul. He avidly listened to the radio, frequented dance halls whenever possible... All of this led to him becoming one of the 50 greatest bass players of all time (according to Rolling Stone).