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Mick Jagger won't let memoir be published

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Mick Jagger has always been the ultimate tease. The guy who famously sang, "You can't always get what you want" has apparently written a memoir—but he doesn't want anyone to read it.

London publisher John Blake claims to have the only known copy of a 75,000-word manuscript that details the Rolling Stones' singer's reflections on the band's roots and its escapades through 1980. The "little masterpiece," Blake says in an essay published online by The Spectator, is a "perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism."

Revelations range from Jagger's carefree approach to life—he purchased a British mansion while tripping on acid—to his stricter, pre-concert regimen, when he loads up on carbs for lunch and drinks eight pints of water before going on stage, knowing he'll sweat it all out under the lights (and head for the bathroom as soon as Keith Richards starts singing.).

"It is delicious, heady stuff," says Blake.

Unfortunately, Jagger won't allow the memoir to be published, despite Blake's continued pleas. "The answer is always the same," says Joyce Smyth, the Stones' manager and spoilsport. "He cannot."

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