Never-before-seen photos show Mick Jagger lying naked in bed with two women, pouting and drinking on set in book on iconic film Performance about wild sex and drugs in Swinging Sixties
Never-before-seen photos of Mick Jagger lying naked on a bed with two women, pouting and enjoying a drink on set have emerged in a new book on the rock legend’s first ever film, Performance.
These behind the scenes shots show the young Rolling Stone working on the 1968 movie about wild sex and drug-taking in London’s Swinging Sixties.
The limited edition book ‘Performance – The Making of a Classic’ marks 50 years since Jagger made his screen debut and delves into the archives for the first time.
Jagger himself describes Performance, which shocked London society at the time, as his best film.
Mick Jagger is pictured lying apparently naked on the bed with two women on the set of 1968 film Performance about wild sex and drug taking during the Swinging Sixties
Jagger looks back fondly on Performance, his first foray into the film industry. Describing it as his best movie, the Rolling Stone said it was so good people are still talking about it 50 years on
Now a limited edition book called ‘Performance – The Making of a Classic’ marks the film’s 50th anniversary showing the icon’s acting debut and delves into the archives for the first time
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Recalling filming, the legendary singer admitted to smoking cannabis on set despite initially not wanting to because he was worried he would forget his lines.
Looking back on making Performance with fondness, said said: ‘It’s dark and interesting and really holds up to scrutiny. Hell we’re talking about it 50 years later!’
‘Not many films stick around that long. It’s amazing that it has achieved such longevity and interest. You know we thought we were making a pretty niche English film of that period. It’s a very English film of that period isn’t it?
‘It’s nice to hear there are so many fans of Performance willing to talk about the film.’
Jagger’s co-star James Fox added: ‘Although I was certainly a useful name for the film, the money was in Mick.’
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp said Performance was one of his favourite films – now credited with charting the social and sexual revolution of Bohemian London in 1968.
Jagger admitted that he smoked cannabis on set despite not initially wanting to, particularly during the intimate scenes, because he didn’t want to forget his lines
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp said Performance was one of his favourite films – now credited with charting the social and sexual revolution of Bohemian London in 1968
.Performance stars James Fox as a London gangster who carried out a killing then went into hiding at Jagger’s home. The film was produced in 1968 and gained a cult following and is now regarded as one of the most influential films in British cinema
And Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker said in the book: ‘Sometimes if you strike lucky you will watch a film at a good point and that’s what happened with Performance because I was really blown away by it.
‘I felt a little tearful and that happens when I think a piece of work, art, film or what have you is really good. Performance continues to move me. It’s a unique piece of art in its own right.’
Cocker was joined by stars including actor Bill Nighy, music producer William Orbit and novelist Irvine Welsh who contribute their thoughts on the film in this celebratory book, written by Jay Glennie.
It pulls together mostly unseen pictures, personal memories of the cast and crew and producer Sandy Lieberson’s archive of documents including letters, contracts, posters and press cuttings.
Sandy, the American producer of cinema classics including Rita, Sue and Bob Too, told MailOnline: ‘Performance was my first film. None of us knew what we were doing at the time.
The book pulls together mostly unseen pictures and producer Sandy Lieberson’s archive of documents including letters, contracts, posters and press cuttings
Jagger said it’s notable that Performance took on such an iconic status that people are still talking about it 50 years later. The star was stunned it was half a century ago, adding: ’50th anniversary? F****** hell!’
‘It took two years to come out. Some people loved it. The majority of people at that time hated it. Yet Performance is credited as being a cult movie comparable to classics like Easy Rider and Clockwork Orange today.
‘People speculated about an affair between Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg and about drug-taking. And yeah, I think it was all going on. But I couldn’t tell you categorically what was going on.
‘It was a look into this glamorous world of the Sixties. If you can remember it, you weren’t there!’
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s recent exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966-1970, acknowledged that the BAFTA-nominated film – where James Fox’s gangster character Chas moves in with former rock star Turner, played by Mick Jagger, and his two female companions including Anita Pallenberg – is one of the most important films in British cinema.
Find more details on where to buy one of the 3,000 books published here.
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