Tuesday, 7 June 2011
MICK JAGGER: YOUNG IN THE 60S at the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
It’s hard not to snigger slightly at the title of this small exhibition within the National Portrait Gallery. Yes children, believe or not, that old turkey necked pensioner was once a dashing young man. That’s unfair of course; I’m assuming most 67 year olds wouldn’t say no to look like he does now. I wouldn’t mind his waist and I'm not quite 67.
There isn’t much among the sixteen or so portraits you’ve not seen before: shoots for Their Satanic Majesties Request, Out Of Our Heads, Between The Buttons, Beggar’s Banquet and pouting for Colin Jones, Terry O’Neill, Cecil Beaton and co. All very familiar but I never tire at looking at Brian Jones’s suede shoes or Charlie Watts’ seersucker or even Mick’s mauve jumbo cord hipsters in Performance. All of which helps plug Mick Jagger: The Photobook which strays and then stays in less sartorially pleasing territory. Who’d pay fifteen quid for it is anyone’s guess.
But if you’re passing, the exhibition itself is worth ten minutes of your time.
Mick Jagger: Young In The 60s is at the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, W1 until 27 November 2011, admission free.