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John Blake unable to publish Mick Jagger’s memoir

UK publisher John Blake has revealed he has the manuscript for Mick Jagger’s memoir but does not have permission from Jagger to publish it, reports the Bookseller.

Blake, whose company John Blake Books is owned by Bonnier Publishing, said in an article in the Spectator that he was given the manuscript three years ago through a mutual friend after it was rejected in the early 1980s for being ‘too light on sex and drugs’.

According to Blake, Jagger was unable to remember the manuscript until he read it. He then agreed to write a foreword to the manuscript but later changed his mind.

Rolling Stones manager Joyce Smyth has responded to the story, saying: ‘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.’


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