Nureyev influenced Mick Jagger 3

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rudi 2Nureyev: His Life,” Diane Solway (William Morrow & Company, 1998) contains a brief interview with pop singer Marianne Faithfull (pages 333-4):

Among [Nureyev’s] biggest fans were Mick Jagger and his girlfriend, the pop singer Marianne Faithfull, who were photographed arriving for the premiere [of Roland Petit’s Paradise Lost (1967) made for Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn]. Faithfull vividly recalls the excitement of seeing Nureyev dive through those scarlet lips [in the ballet, he leaps through a stage set, an oversized woman’s face with red lips].

“That may have been the moment that I felt he was most connected to what we were doing. The erotic element was always there in his dancing, but here it was much more overt.”Mick_Jagger_2177863a

Afterward she and Jagger went backstage. … [remembered Faithfull]:

“I thought they were quite similar as performers, in their intensity and erotic thrill.”

She and Jagger were “obsessed” with Nureyev and went to all his first nights, apparently to study him at close range.

“Mick and I and everybody we knew couldn’t help but be influenced by Nureyev, by his individuality and concentration. He had that quality of being lost in in his own thing. He was staggeringly beautiful and somewhat removed. There something about artists like him that you can’t catch and never will.”

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3 thoughts on “Nureyev influenced Mick Jagger

  1. debra levine Mar 22,2016 1:36 pm

    How fantastic for him — your client. // Debra

  2. Julie McDonald Mar 22,2016 1:14 pm

    You can totally see Nureyev’s influence on Jagger. His sensuality,his aim for perfection, and those lips! Beauties, both.. I am particularly excited about the Stones in Cuba as my client,Chucky Klapow, Mick’s movement coach is traveling with the Stones for this monumental concert.

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