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Book Claims Mick Jagger And David Bowie Were Lovers Many, Many Years Ago


Author Chris Andersen's new book Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger offers readers tidbits from the Rolling Stone legend's life, including a time in the early 1970s when he and fellow singer allegedly David Bowie allegedly had a long-term affair.

In what appears to be a collection of memories, old lovers and friends recall a brief period when Jagger and Bowie regularly and openly slept together. One former colleague, backup singer Ava Cherry, told Andersen that the men were "sexually obsessed with each other" and then there's the time Bowie's former wife Angie walked in on them naked in bed, sleeping.

But it also seems that the relationship was more than just sex: the men reportedly had a mutual respect and admiration. Cherry told Andersen the men were emotionally intertwined and "practically lived together for several months." Several months many, many years ago, even before the biggest clue that Mick Jagger and David Bowie had a fling: the 1985 video for their rendition of "Dancing in the Streets."

See what I mean, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Oh yeah. Bowie has been famous for too long. You can't say that of anyone else. He's only created some of the greatest music ever.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 10, 2012 3:47:40 AM

  2. "....and jet, i thought the major was a lady, suffragette , jet..."

    I was expecting the big bomb to have been the tryst 'tween Paul McCartney & Bowie that inspired Paul's song "Jet".

    Posted by: mike flower | Jul 10, 2012 4:41:49 AM

  3. Iceblood...you're as bad as the Republicans....

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 10, 2012 5:58:42 AM

  4. And Harry Truman and Alvin Barclay were lovers too!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jul 10, 2012 6:38:36 AM

  5. Funny what bad dancers they are in a song about dancing, and the streets look like alleys. Terrible video. Embarrassing...

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 10, 2012 7:21:18 AM

  6. well I never thought either one of them were HOT....so, Ewwwwwwww ...and who cares

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 10, 2012 7:48:37 AM

  7. This is probably the OLDEST gossip ever repeated. Angela Bowie must be feeling pretty ignored right now.


    Posted by: Dan | Jul 10, 2012 9:23:12 AM

  8. It's pretty clear that ICEBLOO has some insight that he, or she, is not prepared to share. He, or she, writes so factual... without supplying any facts.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Jul 10, 2012 9:27:06 AM

  9. That story's so old it's growing penicillin.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Jul 10, 2012 9:42:10 AM

  10. Mike (and others) maybe Icebloo is mis-remembering the incident when, during his "snort all of the cocaine in Peru" period, Bowie would busted out a "Sieg! Heil!" salute at a train station, plus he was quoted as saying that Britain would benefit from a fascist government.

    The moral: don't snort a lot of cocaine.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 10, 2012 10:08:45 AM

  11. Pkay I've read enough, now waiting Amazon and eBay for best deal.

    Posted by: RichB in PS | Jul 10, 2012 10:17:59 AM

  12. @Markt: LOL
    @Iceblood et al.: While Bowie has made some great music, I tend to agree that most of his career has been about marketting himself without much affinity to any particular kind of music or performance. He'd probably be an opera singer at this point if he thought it would maximize the return on his investment and better satisfy his bondholders. (If I remember correctly, he sold bonds backed by his future earnings, not stocks in himself.)
    I do like the video, though I think Bowie's singing and dancing come off as somewhat lame next to Jagger's.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jul 10, 2012 10:53:38 AM

  13. Uh, this is so not news. Some of us knew about this decades ago. And, uh, it was met with the same reaction: So What? Followed by: eeeeewwwww!!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 10, 2012 11:17:03 AM

  14. I was hoping the book had fresh insights, but they are not on display here.

    Bowie now calls gay sex "icky", so he's clearly trying to remake himself from the bi-brand of the 1970's. Admittedly, androgyny works better when you are young.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2012 11:49:03 AM

  15. I think there's a big difference between the Thin White Duke CHARACTER and the real David Bowie, always has been. I wouldn't doubt that in addition to being a closet heterosexual Bowie is also a closet conservative. Ian Curtis of Joy Division was openly conservative/tory and bragged about voting for Margaret Thatcher. To people like Bowie and Jagger, it's really all about the $. They didn't become the icons they are today by accident or quirk, they both were and are driven human beings, who I'm sure had a vision of themselves and their future, and how to reach their goals before they became famous and successful in their fields. People I think have a habit of romanticizing and falling for the PR BS of the entertainment industry too much. Even more recently, Kurt Cobain was in reality not at all like the person the industry PR machine portrayed him as, and a lot of his past was was fictionalized. Even his physically small statute was exaggerated and he was in reality average height.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 10, 2012 12:01:40 PM

  16. we were talking about this in the 70s.

    Posted by: maxx | Jul 10, 2012 12:05:39 PM

  17. Mick Jagger is a talented vocalist, but I've never understood anyone finding him remotely sexy. Quoth Joan Rivers: "He could French kiss a moose!"

    There are also rumors that Jagger had a brief fling with Eric Clapton in the late 60's-early 70's; too bad it wasn't Clapton and Bowie, THAT would be hot. Still, if you watch the video for "The Sunshine Of Your Love," there doesn't seem to be a woman that the two male vocalists are singing to...

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 10, 2012 12:47:17 PM

  18. @Icebloo - I doubt you can come up with any facts to support your claims and you come off as sounding bitter. Bowie is a wonderful and talented musician that has given much to music. I had a close personal gay Bowie friend who recently died in a hospice of AIDS. Bowie personally sent him a couple of letters and cards to cheer him up during his last few days. That is NOT someone with no morals. So it's you that is naive.

    Posted by: Rog in L.A. | Jul 10, 2012 12:50:09 PM

  19. everybody knew this decades ago but I guess you have to re-heat it for kids your age who don't know who either of them are.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 10, 2012 12:51:06 PM

  20. This news is older than the person who wrote this book. This is nothing new.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 10, 2012 1:22:31 PM

  21. What's with all the dumb people writing "just shocking","really, who cares," or "old news". If you thought that, you wouldn't have clicked on this article and then spent more time writing a snarky response. Stop, you're lame. It's just good gossip and leave it at that.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 10, 2012 1:51:15 PM

  22. More hot news: a reliable source has informed me that David Bowie will play Frank Sinatra in a movie about Old Blue Eyes' life!

    Posted by: Regina | Jul 10, 2012 3:34:43 PM

  23. This is old news...years ago on the Phil Donahue Jerry Hall (one of Micks ex wives and supermodel from Texas) told Mr Donahue she (Jerry Hall) walked in on Mick and David in bed together.

    Posted by: Travis | Jul 10, 2012 3:35:03 PM

  24. Bowie claiming to be gay in the early 70s was groundbreaking, and his willingness to be identified as a gay man did more for liberation and acceptance in the UK at least than anything else up to that point (he said he was gay before he said he was bisexual). So what if he lied about it? He was fluid with his sexuality in the late 60s and early 70s, and did sleep with men and women. It seems he stopped experimenting with his sexuality quite early on in the 70s - certainly by the time Ziggy was killed off in 1973. He is not on record as ever saying anything disparaging about gay people. His later comment about it being a mistake was in reference to how it hurt his commerciality in the US - not any moral standpoint.

    And aside from a cocaine induced identification with Nazim in the mid-70s (which is a pretty big exception to the rule, I grant you), Bowie has resolutely been apolitical, but with a tendency towards liberalism. Unlike Bono, he doesn't wear his affiliations on his sleeve but that doesn't mean he's right-wing. He declined a knighthood because he doesn't believe in those kind of honours - hardly the actions of a British conservative, at any rate.

    Oh, and it's highly unlikely he slept with Jagger. This was doing the rounds when I first discovered Bowie, it got rehashed with Angie had her autobiography published, and I suspect the Mayans have plotted out all future points in which it will be mentioned.

    Posted by: DD | Jul 10, 2012 6:02:38 PM

  25. @dd,

    How has his 'revelelations' hurt him in the U.S.? The fact he identified as bisexual never hurt him in the U.S.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 10, 2012 7:46:57 PM

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