Schoolboy Blues: Mick Jagger Wanted To Be A Teacher!

Mick Jagger considered being a teacher, a politician and a journalist. 'Start Me Up' singer revealed his early career plans during a televised interview. Speaking on the Today programme, The Rolling Stones singer said a career as "a schoolteacher would have been very gratifying". Had the singer gone on to be a teacher he would have kept his families' tradition as both his father and grandfather were teachers.

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger in New York, 2011

Teaching is surprisingly more rock and roll than you'd expect. Sting was a teacher before he became a hit in the 80's, as was Sheryl Crow, Gene Simmons, Brian May, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. 

He said "there are millions of things you would have loved to have done" including going into politics and, conveniently speaking to a journalist (nothing like buttering a presenter up) he claims he also wanted to be "a journalist". However he did only think about it "once". 

He may be an aged rock star but Jagger has sufficient qualifications. All he'd have to do is return to the London School of Economics where he studied before leaving to become one of world's most famous, and certainly the largest mouthed, rock-star. 

Brian May
Queen guitarist Brian May, at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards, was a teacher.

On his music career Jagger said he is "pleased with what I've done" and that despite being "intellectually undemanding", he "made the best" of being a rock star. 

Since their launch in 1962 the band has accumulated, between them, £200 million (approximately $350 million). This does not include Jagger's own fortune accumulated from his solo career. 

The Rolling Stones are headlining at Glastonbury Festival this year, the first time they have ever done so. 

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones from L-R: Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. 


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