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What does Mick listen to? "I'm so involved with my own thing I don't listen to too many other groups," he says. "I don't listen to the radio at home, although I do in the car. Do I miss the pirates? I miss having more than one station. I think Radio One is all right, but in a city like London there should be room for at least five stations. There should be one playing the Top 40; one like Radio One; one all jazz; one for freak pop sounds, new things and American records; one playing classical music all day. There should be room for so many different sounds. If I want to listen to Stockhausen, Bach or Jimi Hendrix, I should be able to press a button and get the sort of music I want."

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Mick yawned. "I'm tired, and we are recording again tonight. The rate we are going we are finishing two things a night – or almost finishing them. We don't like scrapping things when they are half done. We try and finish everything and then sort out the best tracks at the end. The B side of the single, 'Child Of The Moon,' we did with country piano and acoustic guitar. I rather liked it, but Keith didn't dig it. We did it another way, all more electric, and I must admit it turned out better. This is the point about being a co-operative group – you have to be, you can't do it any other way. It's just a case of understanding each other. You know what they all dig before you start working on it."

How does Mick relax outside working hours these days?

"I never go to clubs now," he says. "I stay home or go out, but not to clubs. I go to films, concerts or other people's houses. I'm moving house next week. I've bought a house in Chelsea and I've also got a house in Hampshire, it's a huge great place.

"Cars? I've got an Aston Martin and a 1936 Cadillac. Oh, and a motor bike. I just got it to go across country. It's like a scrambler."

That seemed a pretty good image on which to leave Mick to rush off to his recording session. So if you see Mick Jagger roaring across the Hampshire fields on motor cycle it's all right, you don't need a trip to the funny farm.

This story is from the June 22, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

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