“I’ve got the moves like Jagger…” anyone else a pop radio fan and now have this popular line stuck in your head? Over the past several months this Maroon 5 song has flooded airwaves and brought the Rolling Stones front man into the spotlight once again. But this time it’s not another hit by the Rolling Stones but rather the mention of a rock & roll icon, the singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger.
Legend of the Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an acclaimed British band that gained worldwide fans and fame in the 1960s. Commonly known as “The Stones,” the band got together over 50 years ago and has continued to produce albums, play tours and release documentaries and soundtracks up until today. Jagger helped form the band; his unique voice that sings alongside guitar player Keith Richards’ unique riffs pushed the band from good to great. The Rolling Stones is one of the most popular rock and roll bands of all time. Jagger was inducted into the National Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and was knighted in 2003.
Rolling Stones & Drug Use
The term “sex, drugs & rock and roll” can definitely apply to the band members who’s rock and roll careers have spanned decades. Like many bands that lived through the 1970s and continue on today, The Rolling Stones became known not only for their great music, but for their excessive (and self-destructive) lifestyles. The band members have made headlines (and later on – gossip blogs) for their crazy romances, drug abuse and feuds between members Jagger and Richards. (Remind you of Aerosmith a bit?) And while guitarist Keith Richards may be seen as the one with the “drug problem” of the Stones (although he says he’s been “30 years since he gave up dope,”) Jagger certainly had his fair share of use.
“Everybody’s Doing It” Approach to Drug Use
In interviews throughout the years, Jagger hasn’t denied his drug use, however he’s not been one to admit he had a large drug problem. Claiming his recreational use on occasion, he seems to remove himself from the harmful ‘drug scene’ that seems to follow some band members. At one point, his middle-class upbringing was mentioned as to what “grounded him.” He stirred up discussions of his views on drugs after a Larry King Live interview where he suggested drugs be legalized, but first through a small community.
Jagger’s an interesting celebrity because although he’s known as one of “The Greats” when it comes to rock and roll, his involvement with drug use is actually something many can relate with. He wasn’t the crazy addicted band member that was in and out of rehab; however, he is an individual who was around drugs a lot, who probably tried drugs a lot, and who is still not so sure they’re such a bad thing (at least that’s what it seemed like after he talked with Larry King.) I can’t help but wonder if his approach to drugs, which is shared by many other celebrities, is part of why many teens are now trying marijuana (even over cigarettes) and seeing drug use as ‘no big deal.’
We can only hope that as more education and information is distributed about drugs (even recreational use,) that people will see the dangers that drugs pose. When it comes to Jagger, I hope people try not to mimic his drug use so much – and just stick to his moves.
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