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Jagger: It's only rock 'n' roll
Mick Jagger
Mick has gone from 60s rebel to establishment figure
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Back in the 1960s, parents from the same ilk as Jagger's - his father was a physical education lecturer, his mother a member of the Conservative Association - might have been scandalised by the behaviour of the pouting Stones singer.

While the Beatles were cheeky, when Jagger strutted his stuff on stage, every move seemed to signal a challenge to "respectable" standards.

But away from the gaze of the cameras, Jagger was discovered by many an interviewer to be a young man who still believed in the common courtesies.

Jagger through the ages

For Mick Jagger, it seems, rebellion was never a passion, but more an indulgence.

As a grammar-school boy at Dartford in Kent, he won a scholarship to that hotbed of revolutionary thinking, the London School of Economics. But, as he confessed later, he found economics boring.

He was a keener student of Chuck Berry's rhythm and blues, and soon an early version of the Stones, featuring Jagger, guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards, and drummer Charlie Watts, was making its debut at the Marquee club in London in July, 1962.

Joined by bass guitarist Bill Wyman, they won a deal with Decca, and their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's Come On, reached Number 21 in the charts.

By May, 1964, with the Jagger-Richards song-writing team now into its stride, the Stones' debut album had knocked The Beatles off the top of the charts.

Mick Jagger
The Stones continue to tour around the world

The band then made its presence felt in the singles charts, with It's All Over Now, Paint it Black, 19th Nervous Breakdown and Hey You, Get Off of My Cloud.

The Stones conquered America, too, but their behaviour became a byword for excess. Jagger, Wyman and Jones were fined for urinating against a garage wall in 1965.

And two years later, Jagger and Richards maintained the outrage factor. They were given three-month prison terms for possessing drugs, although the sentences were later quashed, with Jagger being given a conditional discharge.

When Mick Jagger launched his acting career by portraying Ned Kelly in a film, the headlines were about his girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, and her drugs overdose.

And while some critics acclaimed his acting in Performance, and he has since branched out into film production, it is Jagger's roles as lover and father which have preoccupied media attention for the past decade.

Luciana Morad
Model Luciana Morad had a child with the Stones frontman

Divorce from Bianca Moreno de Macias was followed by marriage and estrangement from Jerry Hall, who gave birth to four of his reported seven children, but finally tired of his flings with a succession of women.

The final straw was when the Stones frontman fathered a son with the model Luciana Morad.

Critics of his knighthood point out that Mick Jagger lives in France and has not distinguished himself by his philanthropy.

But his honour is for services to music. As the Stones retain their power to pack 'em in on their world tours, that is altogether a less controversial subject.

As the band celebrated their 40th anniversary with the release of the compilation album 40 Licks, they embarked on another world tour - one which took them to new territories, including India.

Though the Sars outbreak affected their plans to play China, they did play Hong Kong later in 2003.

In July Jagger celebrated his 60th birthday with a scandal-free party in Prague. Perhaps, as his senior years beckon, he is leaving his rock bad boy days behind.

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