Mick Jagger: ‘Being a singer is intellectually undemanding’

Rolling Stones frontman says he considered becoming a teacher

Mick Jagger says he finds being a singer “slightly intellectually undemanding” and considered becoming a teacher.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys, Jagger, who headlines Glastonbury on Saturday [June 29] with The Rolling Stones, said he’s pleased with what he’s achieved over the years as a musician, but wishes he’d done more things with his life.

Jagger, who was still a student at the London School of Economics when the Stones were starting out, told the Today programme he might have been a dancer if it wasn’t for all the injuries. He added: “All these things that you think of when you’re a teenager you could think well I would have liked to have done that, but that’s completely pointless. I don’t feel frustrated for lack of control at all and I’m very pleased with what I’ve done.

“Obviously you would have liked to have done, everyone wants to have done more things in their lives. But it’s a slightly intellectually undemanding thing to do being a rock singer but, you know, you make the best of it.”

Both the Jagger’s father Basil Fanshawe Jagger and his grandfather David Ernest Jagger were teachers, leading him to say he might have tried to follow them into the profession. He said: “A schoolteacher would have been very gratifying, I’m sure. There are millions of things I would have loved to have done, a politician, a journalist … I thought of being a journalist once.”

To hear the full interview tune into the Today programme tomorrow morning (Saturday 29). You can hear an extract of the interview here.