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Mick Jagger Shares Memories of His Friendship With David Bowie

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Mick Jagger doesn’t remember how they met in the early ’70s, and their friendship drifted in more recent years — but in between, Jagger shared some wonderful moments with David Bowie, as well as a long, gently competitive rivalry.

Jagger looked back on his Bowie memories for the latest issue of Rolling Stone, recalling how they were often invited to the same parties — and how Bowie would bring his own records by Jagger’s house and play them for the Rolling Stones frontman while they talked shop.

“There was always an exchange of information within our friendship,” said Jagger. “And I suppose there was always an element of competition between us, but it never felt overwhelming. When he’d come over, we’d talk about our work — a new guitarist, a new way of writing, style and photographers. We had a lot in common in wanting to do big things onstage — using interesting designs, narratives, personalities.”

In fact, Jagger accused Bowie of often “going up behind the collar of my shirt to see what I was wearing” and occasionally lifting dance moves. “He’d be very honest about it,” he added. “I didn’t mind sharing things with him, because he would share so much with me — it was a two-way street.”

The two may have been closest in the ’80s, when they were both clubbing in New York — a period Jagger fondly recalls when listening to what he deems his favorite Bowie song, “Let’s Dance.” The same timeframe produced their sole collaboration, on a cover of “Dancing in the Street” that Jagger now says is his favorite Bowie memory.

“We had to record the song and film the video all in one day. We walked straight from the studio onto the set of the video,” said Jagger. “At the end of the day, we were saying, ‘See, it can be done! Why are spending years in the studio?’ We enjoyed camping it up. The video is hilarious to watch. It was the only time we really collaborated on anything, which is really stupid when you think about it.”

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