We have all woken up the morning after the night before with a sore head and an overwhelming sense of dread as to what you might have done on the previous evening. The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, however, took things to a whole new level after one wild night tripping on LSD he woke up to discover he was now the owner of a Hampshire country estate.
Jagger made the admission in a 1981 memoir, which was never published, and The Rolling Stones man allegedly now has zero recollection of even writing it. The enigmatic memoir, for which Jagger received a £1million advance for and never returned, remains a part of rock and roll mystery.
Publisher John Blake was handed the 75,000-word book a few years ago but decided in 2017, after keeping it under wraps for years, that he could no longer hide these insane stories to himself any longer and, wonderfully, began to release a couple of his favourite anecdotes from the book.
Blake revealed that once he got his hands on the book he did his best to get it out to the world, writing in The Spectator that Jagger was initially keen for the autobiography to be published with a foreword explicitly explaining that he had written it “long ago and far away” and that “Mick could not remember any manuscript” but it got pushed further and further back as different things took priority for the singer who later decided he no longer wanted it published.
The publisher said the autobiography was a “perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their great music but still burnt with the passion and fire of youth and idealism”. Nevertheless, he said it also presented a “quieter, more watchful Mick” than the party animal rockstar stereotype.
Blake revealed that in the book Jagger “tells of buying a historic mansion, Stargroves, while high on acid and of trying out the life of horse-riding country squire. Having never ridden a horse before, he leapt on to a stallion, whereupon it reared and roared off ‘like a Ferrari’. Summoning his wits and some half-remembered horse facts, he gave the stallion a thump on the forehead right between the eyes and slowed it down — otherwise, the Stones’ story might have ended differently.”
Jagger purchased the estate for £55,000 from Sir Henry Carden in 1970, which sounds like a generously low price for the property but that was because it was extremely run down. However, Jagger renovated part of Stargraves into a mobile recording studio which would become the place where The Stones recorded various tracks that appeared on Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers and It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.
The Who, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden all also used Stargraves as a country getaway to record music during Jagger’s tenure of owning the property.
He would later sell the property in 1979 for £200,000, as he proved that not all inebriated purchases are necessarily bad ones with Stargroves being a prime example of Jagger’s ability for turning anything he does into a wild success.