Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mick and Me

Mick and I have a long and complicated history.

In 1970, I adored him.  I saw him in "Performance" (a very strange film) at the San Francisco film festival.  His androgyny thrilled me to my core.  I had liked the Stones, but found that Mick was the most spectacular performer I had ever seen.

Now the truth is, I didn't see all of the movie.  I was dating a young man who was a labor lawyer and we started sort of making out about half way through the film.  I think I closed my eyes and thought of Mick.  Know what I mean?

At some point, Mick married Bianca and I realized he and I would get together one day, but not until he and the gorgeous Latina woman broke up.

In the meantime, I listened to "Some Girls" and waited patiently.  Oh I had husbands and lovers during those years I waited, but I knew for sure, one day it would be up close and personal for Mick and me.  I wasn't wrong.

In 2005, the Rolling Stones came to perform in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My husband got tickets but I dislike crowds so I encouraged him to go with a friend. At the last possible moment, I changed my mind and got two tickets, inviting my friend Andre to join me.  It turned out these last moment tickets were in a just opened area right in front of the stage.

I clutched Andre's arm as we stood in the cool evening fog waiting for the Stones to come on stage.  Andre had thoughtfully brought along a silver flask filled with good scotch for us to sip while we waited.  My heart was pounding in my chest as I waited for Mick to appear.

A roar came up from the sold out crowd and there they were!  The Rolling Stones!  Right in front of me!  It took a moment for me to realize that Mick and changed somewhat drastically since 1970.  It wasn't that he was older.  I had expected that.  Something else nearly knocked me over.

Mick was tiny.  He was about half my size.  He was skinny as a super model.  (Actually, all of the Rolling Stones were tiny men.)  For just a second, our eyes met.  For just a second, I thought "There he is!"

And then I started laughing.  Uh, no way.


43 comments:

  1. I always felt Mick was too skinny for my taste and wasn't crazy about his big mouth. I do like the Stones, though, but prefer Keith. Please someone tell me how Mick can continue to constantly jump around the state at his age.

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  2. I think I had no idea that Mick was the size of an underdeveloped 11 year old boy. But maybe that skinny thing keeps him limber!

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  3. I could have broken that little man in half if I got frisky, Lee.

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  4. I never really saw the appeal of Mick until I saw him in concert. It was 1989, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. I was a senior in high school. And he definitely does have a certain sex appeal when he performs. Of course, I wasn't anywhere near the front row. :)

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  5. Really??? I wouldn't of guess that he was small. Skinny yes but small, that is a surprise. It is funny how different celebrities look in person as opposed to on camera. The only one that I can think of that looks just like herself is Cher.

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  6. Cheryl, I am not a big woman, but I would have had to be very careful not to squish him. He's about 5'2 and maybe 100 pounds. Dude is tiny!!!

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  7. Meg, he is very talented and a hell of a performer, but so tiny! He could not weigh more than 100 pounds.

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  8. Ah, see you fell for him in the 70s. The decade of platform shoes and boots. Mick was about 5'10" in his shoes back then. Although he still only weighed about 85 pounds!! He definitely had, and still has, a wealth of charisma.

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  9. Nicky, he was so cute when he was younger. If he was wearing his high heels then, I might have not even noticed. But seeing him really up close, I realized he would only come up to my ribcage even in his high heels and mine!

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  10. Keith Richards said in his biography that Mick had a "tiny todger". So you weren't missing out on anything apparently.

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  11. TheEquestrianVagabondMarch 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    they always look bigger on TV and in the papers!

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  12. I've never really known what a todger was until now. Thank you Dufus.

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  13. Men and diamonds have that in common.

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  14. I can't get no satisfaction - I don't care how small he is, I'll take what I can get when it comes to Mick. Anyone who can continue to rock at 65 like he does, well . . . Hell, anyone who can survive everything he has done in the past 45 years. It is a amazing he is still alive. Mick - I "Miss You"

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  15. Jagger makes my ass look huge, but oh what a cutie-pie he was in his younger days. I saw them at Winterland with Tina Turner the opening act. And when they performed at the Super Bowl a while back -- damn! They still rocked it out of the damn park.

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  16. He is still "rock royalty" and that's for damn sure. But he is a peanut!

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  17. I think Mick is 70 now, but he's still bigger than you, Ms. Currie! You are Barbie Doll size.

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  18. I thought if I said he was 65, it would stroke his ego and maybe get his attention.And, I couldn't fit in his jeans if I tried - not that I ever got the chance :)

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  19. Mick does like his strokes. That's for damn sure!

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  20. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comMarch 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Great story. Somehow with all that swaggering and lips, I imagine him to be bigger.

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  21. What a great story! I too remember seeing Mick in New York City once when I was a teenager and being stunned at how small he was. Big in character though :)

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  23. Astra, he was tiny. Really tiny. But cute if you like teeny tiny guys. I prefer a little more meat on the bones.

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  24. So little men just don't do it for you, eh? After a husband who was bony skinny, (although not short,) I could go for someone with a little more meat on their bones!

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  25. Alex is short, but he's built like a fire hydrant. I am about 4 times the size of Mick Jaggar and that's just too small to be useful to a woman like me. We'll get you a fatter one next time! They're better.

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  26. Ha ha ha he is THAT teeny!!??? Tell me... did he at least have big shoes? ;P

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  28. I did notice that the heels were high. Does that count?

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  29. I've always been curious about why he wore such incredibly high heels. I wonder if he's shorter than Cher. She & I were waiting for a cab outside a NYC hotel one night. She came up to my waist.

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  30. She towered over him because she wore those stiletto boots - just like Mick. I never saw him IRL, but my guess is Sonny was about the same height.

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  31. Seeing Cher on tv she just gives the impression of being tall. I remember seeing Farrah Fawcett in San Francisco and she was maybe 5 foot tall and 90 pounds. She looked big(ger) on screen too.

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  33. It is truly disappointing when someone we admire falls short of our expectations, be it physical, character or whatever.

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  34. Linda, I'm not sure I'd have loved his character either. But as small as he was, I wasn't eager to find out. I'm not a big person, and he was about 1/2 my size.

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  35. Katherine KellesisMarch 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Hahaha! I had no idea he was tiny! I saw them a few years ago but was far away from the stage!

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  36. You crack me up! I knew he was skinny but didn't know he was all that tiny!

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  37. He was like a mini-Mick. Way too mini for me!

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  38. I was astounded at how tiny they all were! Drugs may have shrunk them.

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  39. Oh, Linda! You crack me the hell up! I do love me some Rolling Stones. And while I have never seen them preform, I have heard Mick is super tiny!

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  40. Meleah, let me just say, Mick makes Nicky look "big". Enough said.

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