Jagger’s jail sentence was ‘silly’
Mick Jagger says his 1967 prison sentence was a terrifying experience – and believes it should never have happened.
He and Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards were put behind bars following a police raid on the guitarist’s home, Redlands, in Sussex. No charges had been brought at the time, but the pair were accused of drugs offences later. Jagger was sentenced to three months while Richards was given a year – but both decisions were overturned at appeal.
Last year it was suggested that the entire episode was a plot orchestrated by MI5 and the FBI, who wants to sabotage the Stones’ career.
Jagger tells Q: “It was scary. We were facing the prospect of a few months inside. Looking back, it was all a bit extreme. It was unnecessary and a waste of everyone’s time and money. It was a bit silly, really.”
He disagrees with Richards’ light-hearted attitude to the experience. “It was nothing to be cavalier about,” he says. “It was terrifying. But at the same time it did have its macabre, lighter moments.
“We weren’t living in a police state; everyone wasn’t against us. We had a lot of support in the press as well.”
Meanwhile, the BBC, broadcast partner for the Glastonbury festival, have admitted they’re still in talks with the Stones over how much of their headline set will appear live on air.
The corporation recently announced a wide-ranging broadcasting plan across multiple platforms – but the Stones, who are currently touring the US and Canada, haven’t yet given permission for their set to be screened.
It’s been reported that Jagger and co at first wanted a full blackout while they played, although they’re now offering to allow four songs to be transmitted, while the BBC want rights to show the entire performance.
Head of music TV Mark Cooper says: “They’re nervous about how much they should share. They’re stepping out of their comfort zone. At this point, I’m quite optimistic we’ll get a sufficient amount of music.”
While it’s not known if they’ll continue their recent practice of inviting big-name guests to join them on stage, one person who insists he won’t appear is former bassist Bill Wyman.
He previously admitted he was disappointed not to have been more involved in the band’s 50th anniversary shows last year. He’s now told the Huffington Post: “I’ve always maintained that you can’t go back to things, and they can never be the same. If you try to go back and have a relationship with someone, it doesn’t work, and it’s the same musically. It doesn’t work.
“It was a one-off. Five minutes. Okay, never again. No regrets – we’re still great friends.”
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