Gallery BooksChristopher Andersen's new book, Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, offers an unabashed look at Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, and includes details about the rock star's many, many romantic entanglements over the years. Jagger, of course, has the reputation as a notorious ladies man, having slept with more than 4,000 women, according to Andersen's estimation.
Some of the famous names on his list of lovers include Carly Simon, Uma Thurman, Linda Ronstadt, Madonna, France's former first lady Carla Bruni and Angelina Jolie. Andersen tells ABC News Radio that Jagger met Jolie early in her career, when she starred as a shaved-headed stripper in the video for The Stones' 1997 single "Anybody Seen My Baby?"
"Mick fell for her instantly," says Andersen. "She was beautiful, wild, a little dangerous, perhaps. She resisted his advances. He would call her up and sob into her answering machine, 'Why aren't you returning my calls?'"
The author then points out, "Eventually, she caved, but I think it's interesting that Angelina had the upper hand in that relationship. She kind of toyed with Mick's emotions and that was something he wasn't used to."
As for Bruni, Jagger met her when she was an 18-year-old model who was dating Eric Clapton. Mick promptly ***** her away from the guitar legend and, Andersen says, an eight-year "one-and-off relationship" ensued at the same time Jagger was with his longtime partner Jerry Hall. The author suggests that Jagger and Bruni's mutual affections continue to the present day, to the point of rousing jealous feelings in her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy -- France's president from May 2007 to May 2012.
Andersen's book also focuses on some physical relationships Jagger is purported to have had with some male celebrities. The most well-known of these reported trysts was with David Bowie.
"[Bowie's ex-wife Angie] told me that she came home one day and found Mick and David naked in bed together," reveals Andersen. "She had no doubts what they were up to, and they were not trying to hide their relationship at all."
The author adds that Bowie glam style ended influencing Jagger's onstage look during that period, noting, "He wore sequin jumpsuits and much heavier makeup than he had before."
Perhaps a more surprising revelation is Andersen's claim that "a couple of people" told him Jagger and Clapton were involved with each other during the late 1960s. "I think you have to look at the time and context," he maintains, noting that Stones photographer Gered Mankowitz that Clapton was "outlandishly androgynous at the time," and would wear "platform heels and flowing caftans and full makeup and fingernail polish."
Andersen adds, "That's what people were doing: breaking all the taboos and trying everything, as a rock star would in the '60s and '70s."
Among the other male celebs Andersen suggests that Jagger may have been involved with are Andy Warhol and Russian ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev.
Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger recently climbed into the top 10 of The New York Times' Best Sellers list for hardcover nonfiction books. Find out more about the book and Andersen at SimonandSchuster.com.
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