Andy Warhol’s magical Polaroids of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger
Andy Warhol first met Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger at a party in 1964, a time when the band were just embarking on their first ever US tour.
At the time of their meeting, both Warhol and The Rolling Stones were rising to fame in their own respected fields. While Jagger and the Stones were viewed as the “dirtier” alternative to the clean cut image of The Beatles, Warhol was living a similar experience in the art world of New York City.
Their first meeting at a party would lay the foundations for a strong personal and professional relationship that would follow, a starting point for the artistic collaborations that would follow. Officially working together for the first time in 1971 on the album artwork for Sticky Fingers, Warhol and Jagger would repeatedly meet up to converse and discuss their respective art forms.
In 1975 though, during a particularly hot summer, Jagger and his wife Bianca rented Warhol’s house in Long Island and the three hung out for days at a time. Planning his latest series, Warhol and Jagger took some time out to shoot head and bare-chested torso of the singer, Warhol focusing heavily on trying to capture the many different emotions of a stern-faced Jagger.
Warhol once said of Jagger: “He’s androgynous enough for almost anyone. That’s always been his basic appeal, mixed with the facts that: 1 – He’s very talented; 2 – He’s very intelligent; 3 – He’s very handsome; 4 – He’s very adorable.”
Continuing in describing his admiration for the Stones frontman, Warhol added: “5 – He’s a great business person; 6 – He’s a great movie star; 7- I like his fake cockney accent… Image is so important to rock stars. Mick Jagger is the rock star with the longest running image.
“He’s the one all the young white kids copy. That’s why every detail of his appearance is important.”
The feeling, it would seem, was very much mutual. When Andy Warhol died, Jagger said in tribute: “The thing that he seemed to be able to do was to capture society, whatever part of it he wanted to portray, pretty accurately. That’s one of the things artists do, is show people later on what it was like.”
Jagger added: “If you want to be reminded of a certain period, you can look at what Andy was doing then. He was very much in tune with what was going on. Of course, he was criticized for that, for being sort of trendy. But I think some people’s great forte is being so in touch.”
Below, enjoy the series of images Warhol took of Jagger in the summer of ’75.