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

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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.

Read Blake’s full essay here.

Source: Billboard

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Premiere: KRYER Is Back With The Sultry Single ‘Skin’

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The fearless Alternative Rock artist hailing from Tottenham, KRYER, is back with a sultry new single which can be exclusively streamed here on Tune Collective until it drops tomorrow.

While KRYER draws influence from folk-rock greats such as Jeff Buckley, Tom Waits, and Soundgarden, he still infuses his music with the grime scene that surrounded his neighbourhood growing up. These influences blend together for a unique listening experience that help him dive into social narratives in his writing like mental-health, sex, and excess.

“If I answered the question ‘What’s ‘Skin’ about?’ without thinking too much, I’d say that it’s just about sex. I realise now that it’s about a little more than that. I think it’s about the first time I really learnt someone’s body, and how I subsequently forgot everything I’d learnt about anything else at all. That moment when you’re reduced from an anxious and analytical mess with a loose screw to the most basic and carnal state. Funny really, saying it like this… ‘Skin’ is about how there is no longer anything left to separate me from an animal.” – KRYER

‘Skin’ comes as an angsty and passionate track that will have you lost in the music from the sexy guitar all the way to KRYER’s fierce voice. With so much talent and such a distinct sound, we here at Tune Collective are excited to see what he has next.

Check out ‘Skin’ below, and enjoy!

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Video Release: Eric Anders ‘This Fire Has Burned Too Long’

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In the Spring of 2017, I was privileged to have covered the release of Eleven Nine, the 7th album by indie artist Eric Anders.

The project, a hard-hitting, heartfelt plea for change, truly made an impact on me. Its messaging really invoked a sense of wanting to know more about the political climate of America, and willed me to remain educated when it came the powers that be. Being able to do this through music is a huge achievement, as it is a medium that spans countries, cultures, and various other classifications we find have become integrated into the world that we live in.

That said, I had absolutely no idea that Eric Anders would be making further significant impact through the release of his music video for the track titled ‘This fire has burned too long’.

To understand the emotions that Anders manages to bring to light, you need to watch the video.

Its opening frame, the burning of trees, sets the tone for the stark contrast between the peaceful nature of his music and the havoc that seems to flooded into the lives of average Americans through political unrest, and other issues that simply cannot be ignored. What I love about the style of Anders’ music is that it carries the quintessential Middle-American sound, despite it rallying support against a man elected into office by the people forming part of the very same working class of middle-America, who ironically were integral to initiating this genre of music.

Another contrast is introduced – frames celebrating the seemingly successful Donald Trump, amid supporters, applause and achievements, scattered between shots of devastation, war, and destruction, news headlines that illustrate the truth rather than the facade that is so easily believed when remaining ignorant.

Don’t let the intense messaging put you off though – the crooning vocals and beautiful instrumentals put together by Anders will lull you into a true state of musical appreciation.

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Elvis Presley’s 40 Best Songs

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Forty years ago this Wednesday (Aug 16), the day was shaping up to be just another hot and humid summer afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee. Then, about 3 p.m. in the afternoon — the world changed forever for millions of Elvis Presley fans around the world with the sudden passing of “The King Of Rock and Roll.”

Though much has been written in the years since of his passing — and the excessive lifestyle that contributed to it — one thing that remains all of these years later is the music. There was no other musical performer who left such a unique and indelible stamp on the American music landscape than Elvis Aron Presley. Whether it was rock and roll, gospel or country, the singer did it all — as nobody else before him or since.

To narrow Presley’s recorded legacy to a simple 40 recordings is quite the impossible task. Some prefer the era of the early Elvis, while some enjoy the ’60s sounds after his discharge. And, to an extent his later catalog doesn’t get the respect it deserves — he turned in covers of “My Way” and “Goodtime Charlie’s Got The Blues” that, at the very least, equaled the original — with all due respect to the “Chairman of the Board.” So, here are 40 Elvis Presley songs that can fit on any playlist, any time.

40. Elvis Presley – “Always On My Mind” (1972)

39. Elvis Presley – “For The Heart” (1976)

38. Elvis Presley – “Moody Blue” (1977)

37. Elvis Presley – “U.S. Male” (1968)

36. Elvis Presley – “Bossa Nova Baby” (1963)

35. Elvis Presley – “Way Down” (1977)

34. Elvis Presley – “Good Luck Charm” (1962)

33. Elvis Presley – “My Boy” (1975)

32. Elvis Presley – “Return To Sender” (1962)

31. Elvis Presley – “Separate Ways” (1972)

30. Elvis Presley – “In The Ghetto” (1969)

29. Elvis Presley – “A Little Less Conversation” (1968)

28. Elvis Presley – “Fever” (1960)

27. Elvis Presley – “It’s Midnight” (1974)

26. Elvis Presley – “Stuck On You” (1960)

25. Elvis Presley – “If I Can Dream” (1968)

24. Elvis Presley – “She’s Not You” (1962)

23. Elvis Presley – “Steamroller Blues” (1973)

22. Elvis Presley – “Kentucky Rain” (1970)

21. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds” (1969)

20. Elvis Presley – “Little Sister” (1961)

19. Elvis Presley – “Too Much” (1957)

18. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Cry Daddy” (1969)

17. Elvis Presley – “Crying In The Chapel” (1965)

16. Elvis Presley – “Hard Headed Woman” (1958)

15. Elvis Presley – “Guitar Man” (1968)

14. Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog” (1956)

13. Elvis Presley – “One Night” (1958)

12. Elvis Presley – “Memories” (1969)

11. Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

10. Elvis Presley – “Burning Love” (1972)

9. Elvis Presley – “Love Me Tender” (1956)

8. Elvis Presley – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)

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7. Elvis Presley – “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” (1957)

6. Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)

5. Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (1961)

4. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)

3. Elvis Presley – “It’s Now Or Never” (1960)

2. Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)

1. Elvis Presley – “All Shook Up” (1957)

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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