I’m pleased to announce that the book I have been working on for 125 years is finally available via Amazon or my online store. It’s like the essay you were supposed to write for you tutor but never finished and then the corrections were so involved the thing just spun round and round in an endless cycle. I had originally written an introduction full of deliberate mistakes, spelling and punctuations, saying that I didn’t really care, but in the end, I had to dump that and come up with something different. There are lots of stories about growing up, (yes it had to be done) holidays in the sun, travels across Asia and India and the trials and tribulations of rock and roll and acting. But, like all good fairy tales there’s a happy ending. There will be a few excerpts released and I am also going to do a ‘Jackanory’ session. Just when I thought I might relax in the sun and put my feet up I am finding there’s still more stuff to do! Hope you are finding time to relax in the sun.
All the best Chris.
Chris spent the last two years completing his long-in-the-works memoir and autobiography Talking To Myself.
A rich, detailed, hilarious and gossipy tale that digs deep into he and his older brother Mick’s upbringing in Dartford, Kent, the book plots the siblings’ emergence into adulthood and shared lifelong appreciation for the blues. It also chronicles the younger Jagger’s musical adventures from the Seventies onwards with entertaining detours into his travels to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Israel, where he acted in a production of the musical Hair.
“I thought about starting a book in the 1990s, because I began writing some journalism pieces,” explains this lifelong multi-tasker, whose CV also includes treading the boards with Pierce Brosnan and Ciarán Hinds, making blues documentaries for the BBC and Sky Arts, and fleeting lyric additions on two Rolling Stones albums, Dirty Work and Steel Wheels.
But after decades gigging something he’s done much of his adult life - he finally cracked on with writing his book in 2019 and turned 2020’s lockdown into an unexpected bonus. He explains, “Writing took longer than I anticipated. I did find I had to give it my full attention, and it was a lot harder than I thought. It’s all very well linking a lot of stories together, but what’s your style? I wrote it myself – I didn’t have a ghost writer – so I had to find my voice.”
Talking To Myself might be the only book ever to document the life of growing up in the Jagger family in Dartford, Kent. “(Mick and I) share similar early influences, and our parents were centre to that so I hope readers will find those details interesting; what my mother and father looked like for example. Writing can be quite prosaic and descriptive, it doesn’t have to be all poetry. I have even included some recipes in there too” he smiles.
Available to order now.