10 Things Mick Jagger Has Learned

After 50 years in the business, the Rolling Stones frontman has some wise and amusing lessons for us all. Have some fun reading rock lessons from other UG readers in the comments.

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Mick Jagger has been through every facet of the music business in his 50 year career with The Rolling Stones.

Now he's shared the top 10 things he's learned in rock n' roll, and there's plenty all of us can pick up on. You can see the full list below (via ClassicRock).

Meanwhile, the band kicked off the US leg of their 50th anniversary tour on Saturday as previously reported.

Fans have been given the chance to pick a song for the setlist of their final anniversary show in New Jersey at the weekend. It'll be broadcast live on a pay-per-view basis, and you can vote from a choice of 12 songs via their mobile app.

Here's Mick Jagger's top 10 lessons from rock n' roll:

10. Nobody wants to hear anything from your new album.

9. Never take relationship advice from Phil Spector.

8. Before shouting, "Hi, Seattle!" make sure you're in Seattle.

7. You don't earn a cent when someone does a song about "having moves like Jagger."

6. Everybody you meet after you become famous is only interested in you as a person.

5. Song royalties are great, but even they can't match the guaranteed cash flow from a reverse mortgage.

4. A good way to keep yourself entertained it to sign every tenth autograph "Doris Goldblatt."

3. Be considerate of other hotel guests trash your room by 10pm.

2. You can't always get what you want like a good joke on the top-ten list.

1. You start out playing rock'n'roll so you can have sex and do drugs... but you end up doing drugs so you can still play rock'n'roll and have sex.


Got your own rock lessons to share? Let's have some fun sharing them in the comments.

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    Number 11 after last night: The 12-12-12 concert bookers are idiots. How did Kanye get like 13 songs while the Stones got two?!
    You do realize that the Stones are doing a pay-per-view show this saturday right? There appearance at 12 12 12 was just a teaser for that
    And he was wearing a goddamn leather skirt too. He's such a loser. Hahaha
    The reason Kanye got a full(er) set is because he as part of the main bill. There were two types of acts, Springsteen, The Who, Kanye, Paul, etc. were all "main" performers. Chris Martin, the Stones, Dave/Krist/Pat, they were special gusts as it were....
    Where's the part of the article that teaches me ten good places to score coke?
    11. How to charge fans a shit ton a money so only the rich can see you live.
    Nah, i'm poor and i could afford to see them lives easily...and that's after buying about 10 tickets in the last month to bands like Black Sabbath, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young etc. who aren't so cheap either. Most people would be able to afford to see them and there's always the cheaper tickets. It's just most people spend their money on useless shit like cigarettes etc. instead.
    I've seen them 3 times but I've stopped because I keep dishing out more money for shite seats.
    The 1989 steel wheels tour, average ticket price was $45 I saw that floor seats for the Jersey 2012 stones show were $800. $75 is just a ticketmaster fee. Yes the average salary has gone up since 1989, but nowhere near that amount. I saw SRV in 84. The ticket was like $14. Metallica & Ozzy 86 tour was like $22. For the most part, most major shows were under $25. I remember the stones being considered very expensive tickets even back then. Then the eagles did their "hell freezes over" reunion tour with $80+ tickets. That was almost 4 times the average. People still paid it...tickets across the board started drastically going up.
    7 (Revised). You earn many cents when someone else sings about life being a Bittersweet Symphony
    Especially when that song features a clip that sounds like someone else's significantly different interpretation of your equally different song.
    Moves Like Jagger is one of the most annoying songs ever written and because of it I want to punch the lead singer of the Maroon Five in the face and then buy him a shirt.
    This is unfunny even by UG-trying-to-be-funny standards.
    UG didn't write the top ten list. Mick Jagger read this list on Letterman the other night.
    It was clearly made by the writers for The Late Show. The writing style is very recognizable as being a product of Letterman and his writers.
    Shouldn't #6 be "Everybody you meet after you become famous is only interested in you as a celebrity "? That's the gist I've gotten after too many True Hollywood Stories.
    You missed the joke completely.
    Not only that. This list was presented in the context of The Late Show with David Letterman. I don't know why UG makes no mention of that. Typical.
    I thought that everyone would recognize the writing style as being Letterman's. As soon as i started reading it i could instantly tell that it was from The Late Show.
    if it's a joke, then "as a person" should be in quotes or italics to get the point across. With #10 being a potentially legitimate piece of advice, you're only on the 5th entry with #6 and that's not enough time to realize that the entire list is a joke. You hear about 10 things he's learned, expecting to pick up some tips, and find only jokes, it throws you off.