Eva Jagger, 1913-2000

The mother of the Rolling Stone was 87

Mick Jagger's Parents, Joe and Eva Jagger in London in 1980.
Dave Hogan/Getty Images
July 6, 2000

On May 26th, family and friends gathered at a service for Eva Jagger, the mother of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. She had died a week earlier from a heart condition at age eighty-seven.

Mick and his younger brother, Chris, sang the spiritual "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," accompanied by a church organist. Mick arrived at the service, which was held at St. Andrew's Church in southwest London, with Jerry Hall and their four children. Also attending were Bianca and Jade Jagger, as well as Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and their wives.

Jagger Remembers: The Rolling Stone Interview

At a wake afterward, Eva's husband, Joe, spoke about his wife to the assembled group. "It was incredibly moving," says one person who was present. "It lifted everyone's spirits." Joe, who is eighty-eight, and Eva would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in December.

Eva had been hospitalized for about a month, with Mick a steady presence at her side. Two weeks before she fell ill, they went together to the opening of an arts center funded by Mick at Dartford Grammar, his boyhood school.

An extremely fastidious person, Eva was initially concerned when her son left the London School of Economics to devote himself to rock & roll. "I was quite worried when Mick first started out with the Rolling Stones," she said. "A nice bunch of lads. But you couldn't help worrying."

Mick is said to have inherited his ambition and strength of will from his mother – and perhaps his stamina, as well. Just a year ago, the two attended a charity event, and Eva danced on into the night, long after her famous son had gone to bed.

This story is from the July 6th, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »