Mick Jagger’s Confession About The Rolling Stones’ Early Years


Before starting a music career with the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger studied at the London School Of Economics. However, he decided economics was not his thing and focused on making music instead. Thanks to this critical decision, the Rolling Stones have been rocking the music scene since 1962, and Jagger’s energetic stage shows and outstanding songwriting partnership with Keith Richards have spread their reputation worldwide.

Jagger and Richards’ creative force guided the Stones in their early career. After starting by playing covers and being a representative of the rebellious youth of the 1960s, the band achieved great success with hits like ‘Satisfaction,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil,’ and ‘Gimme Shelter.’ In a 2020 interview, Mick Jagger made a confession about something he did during this period.

What Did Mick Jagger Confess Doing During The Stones’ Early Career?


In a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger revealed his thoughts about the 1973 album ‘Goats Head Soup.’ Recorded in November 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica, and released on August 32, 1973, the album features ten tracks, including the lead single and timeless hit ‘Angie.’

Back in those days, Rolling Stones were tax exiles. So, similar to ‘Goats Head Soup,’ they also composed and recorded its predecessor ‘Exile On Main St.’ mainly abroad. However, while recording ‘Goats Head Soup,’ they faced several legal issues over substance abuse. These issues interrupted the album’s making and affected their plans for a Pacific tour in early 1973.

Speaking to Rolling Stone when ‘Goats Head Soup’ hit the record stores, Mick Jagger stated that this album was more focused than ‘Exile On Main St.’ Nonetheless, it seems like the rock icon changed his thoughts throughout the years. In 2020, Jagger confessed to Rolling Stone that he said ‘stupid’ things to promote albums back then, and that was nothing but an overstatement.

Here is what Mick Jagger admitted to Rolling Stone:

“I say stupid things like that when I’m promoting albums. You gotta take that with a pinch of salt.”

Apparently, Mick Jagger believed at that time that every attempt to promote an album was fair. However, Jagger now considers these things meaningless and advises the fans not to take everything he has said literally.

You can have a listen to the deluxe version of ‘Goats Head Soup’ below.