Bob's News Archives for 2017-02

Publisher Claims He Has Mick Jagger's Secret 'Masterpiece' Memoir, Which Will Never Be Released

We heard everything Keith Richards had to say in his 2010 memoir, Life. But, we've just learned, Mick Jagger could have gotten the first word on life in the Rolling Stones if only he'd have sensationalized his story a bit. Publisher/author John Blake writes in an essay in The Spectator that he's got the 75,000-word "pristine typescript" cooked up by Jagger under lock and key after getting his hands on the long-rumored autobiography three years ago. 

Jagger has been asked over and over if and when he'll release a memoir and he's always answered the same way: never. "Except what virtually nobody knows is that he already has," writes Blake, who published a Stones book called Up and Down with the Rolling Stones: My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards in 2011. "It is an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time," he says, explaining that Jagger was finally convinced to give it a whirl around 1974, after tiring of all the unauthorized books about his band.

"The popular, often-repeated version of events is that Mick approached Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones’ self-appointed archivist, to help him with research," says Blake. "Wyman, legend has it, told Mick to go forth and multiply. He was going to write his own book. Then, so the story goes, Mick floundered. All the years of drugs and debauchery had addled his brain so badly that he could not remember anything."



Jagger then reluctantly returned his one-million pound advance and walked away, claims Blake, who traveled extensively with the Stones as a rock journalist. "I thought that was the end of the story until three years ago, when a mutual friend handed me a pristine typescript Mick had written," he writes. "I was dumbfounded. This was the rock ’n’ roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls. So far as I have been able to ascertain, a publisher rejected the manuscript because it was light on sex and drugs. In the early 1980s, when it was written, shock and awe was a vital part of any successful autobiography. Read now, however, it is a little masterpiece. A perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music, but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism."

Blake reveals that the book shows a "quieter, more watchful Mick," who divulges that the elaborate feasts the band allegedly demanded backstage largely went untouched, and that he bought the historic Stargroves mansion while high on acid, then nearly died while riding a horse on the grounds of his new purchase. "It is delicious, heady stuff. Like reading Elvis Presley’s diaries from the days before he grew fat and washed-up in Vegas," he says. Once it was in his hands, Blake says that he was determined to get it published and that Jagger's manager seemed game, though her client couldn't even remember writing it.



He got as far as Jagger committing to penning a foreword to the book to establish that he wrote it "long ago and far away," but then life intruded and "the steel gates clanged shut. Mick wanted nothing further to do with this project. He never wanted to see it published." 

According to The Guardian, Stones' manager Joyce Smyth said in a statement that: "John Blake writes to me from time to time seeking permission to publish this manuscript. The answer is always the same: He cannot, because it isn’t his and he accepts this. Readers will be able to form a view as regards the matters to which John Blake refers when Sir Mick’s autobiography appears, should he choose to write it." A spokesperson for Jagger had no comment at press time.



Bono Meets Mike Pence, Thanks Him for Assisance on AIDS Relief

U2 lead singer Bono attends the Opening Plenary Session: "Partnering for Global Prosperity," at the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 19, 2016 in New York.

Mike Pence held an impromptu meeting with U2 front man Bono, who calls the U.S. vice president "the second busiest man on Earth."

Pence met with the Irish rock star along the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on the weekend. 

Bono offered his appreciation to the vice president for meeting and noted that Pence had twice supported bills in Congress to provide AIDS medication to African nations.




Pence called it an "extraordinary historic accomplishment" and credited Bono with playing a "leading role." Reporters were then ushered away.

Pence later tweeted, “Enjoyed chatting with Bono at Munich Security Conference. Discussed prior effort to twice pass Africa AIDS assistance & future security in developing nations.”




Maroon 5's New Single 'Cold' Hits No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 Chart

The pop band’s latest single, “Cold,” featuring Future, takes the lead on the chart.

Maroon 5 debuted its newest single, “Cold,” late Monday night (Feb. 13), giving us another preview of the band’s upcoming sixth album. The song reached the top spot of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart at 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday (Feb. 14). Like the group’s last single, “Don’t Wanna Know” (featuring Kendrick Lamar, which was the last Maroon 5 song to lead the chart), Maroon 5 has chosen to have another rapper guesting on their new track: Future takes the rap break on “Cold.”

The Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart measures the real-time acceleration of conversation around artists and their music on Twitter.



“Cold’s” music video is set to be released tomorrow (Feb. 15), and the band will perform the song live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the same day.

“Cold” should debut on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart dated March 4, granting Maroon 5 its 26th chart entry. “Don’t Wanna Know” recently peaked at No. 6 on the tally — the act’s 12th top 10-charting tune.


Katy Perry Will Perform at the Grammy Awards

Katy Perry is the latest addition to the Grammy Awards' all star performer lineup. 

The Recording Academy announced on Twitter the pop star would join the Feb. 12 celebration, which Perry confirmed. 



Perry joins a long list of performers that includes BeyonceThe WeekndDaft PunkAdeleJohn LegendMetallicaCarrie UnderwoodBruno MarsKeith UrbanJohn LegendAnderson .PaakA Tribe Called Quest and others. 



Lady Gaga Pulls Second-Most Viewers Ever for Super Bowl Halftime Performance

 Lady Gaga's exultant halftime performance at Super Bowl LI is an official hit, both in terms of ensuing catalog sales and in TV ratings. FOX reports that Gaga's 13-minute gig pulled an astounding 117.5 million viewers, making it the second-most-viewed halftime show in Super Bowl history, behind Katy Perry's set at Super XLIX, which drew 120.7 million viewers.

Billboard reported yesterday that following Gaga's Super Bowl cameo, sales of her discography had soared by over 1000% percent, with Joanne single "Million Reasons" standing as her current highest-selling individual song. In fact, with just one day's sales, "Million Reasons" enjoyed its best sales week to date, moving 45,000 units on the day of the Super Bowl alone (Feb. 5).



FOX also reports that Super Bowl LI drew 172 million total viewers across all platforms, with 111.3 million watching on FOX alone. The 172-million mark makes the Super Bowl, which saw the New England Patriots come from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime (the first-ever Super Bowl OT), the most-watched program in U.S. television history.



Boy George, Wilson Phillips, Natasha Bedingfield to Perform on 'New Celebrity Apprentice' Finale

The New Celebrity Apprentice is coming down to the wire, with finalists Boy George and Matt Iseman left to compete for their favorite charities. For the finale,Billboard has learned Boy George will team up with Natasha Bedingfield for the show's closing task, seeking to gain favor with Carnival Cruise Lines.

American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman is pulling in a favor from departed fan favorite Carnie Wilson, who will reportedly appear with her group Wilson Phillips for a performance of Billboard Hot 100-topper “Hold On.” George is amping up the nostalgia factor as well, as he and Bedingfield will belt out the iconic Culture Club hit “Karma Chameleon.”



The performance is part of a variety show, one element of a three-pronged task, which also involved creating an advertising campaign and hosting a party. The variety show is the final piece, which will pave the way to the crowning of this season’s winner.

The Feb. 13 finale, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will also boast an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner, as the remaining two competitors head to the final judgment in the boardroom. Tyra Banks and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger serve as the Governor's advisors.



Over the course of the series, The Celebrity Apprentice has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will receive a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.

The current season has so far raised $2.5 million for various causes. Iseman is playing for the Arthritis Foundation, while Boy George is competing for Safe Kids Worldwide.

The New Celebrity Apprentice airs from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday (Feb. 13) on NBC.



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