Mick Jagger Says Brian Jones Was Critical Of Him For Being ‘Too Feminine’

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The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger recently spoke in the new BBC documentary ‘My Life as a Rolling Stone’ and detailed the early tensions within the band. He remembered how Brian Jones had criticized his feminine look.

As the founder and original leader of the Stones, Brian Jones played a pivotal role in shaping the band’s sound. He was a versatile musician, playing slide guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, mellotron, saxophone, and other instruments. Although he didn’t take an active role in songwriting, Jones came out as the group’s natural leader with his instrumental skills, deep knowledge of music, and outstanding image.

However, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began their successful songwriting partnership, Brian Jones lost control over the band’s musical direction. The singer also developed alcohol and drug problems, which caused him to be mentally unstable. After some point, he could not function within the band due to his unreliable performances. After the disagreements between Jones and the rest of the band, the singer was eventually dismissed in 1969 and died a month later.

Speaking in the documentary’s first episode, Mick Jagger looked back on the tensions they went through in the band’s early days. While the rocker praised the powerful musical side of Jones and his contribution to the group’s sound, they were disturbed by his possessive attitude towards the band. Brian Jones was also critical of Jagger for being ‘too feminine,’ unlike his masculine image. Jagger said that he was not doing it deliberately. It was just the way the musician was. Yet, it disturbed the late singer since he didn’t find it compatible with the band’s style.

How Brian Jones was critical of his look, in Mick Jagger’s words:

“I didn’t even know I was doing androgyny. I was so naive. But I was. I was doing androgyny. But obviously, that was just the way I was. I was a bit fey. I remember Brian being rather critical of me once because he thought I was too feminine. I mean, I had my moments of that.”

Mick Jagger also said in the rest of the conversation that he liked dressing up and putting on make-up because they were all part of the show and theatrics. Maybe his look was feminine, but he didn’t necessarily act like that.