Let me start by asking you to picture your best friend. Go on, close your eyes and imagine them sitting right in front you. It’s easy to do right because it doesn’t matter if it’s your cat, dog, someone you met when you were a weird 5 year old or even your Mom;everyone has that one person that they once would have called their BFFAEAE( Best friend for ever and ever).
While this is true for most people as I previously stated it is especially true for the members of The Rolling Stones. The friendships in this band are part of what make them so legendary. Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards embarking on a fiery path of drug taking and fool acting when Ron joined the band in 1975.Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts enjoying a much calmer bromance as their friendship relies strongly on attending cricket matches together(except for that one time Charlie knocked out Mick for calling him “his drummer”). The various formations of friendships in the band goes on and on but of course the one that has captured the hearts of many around the world, the relationship that cannot be broken by time, egos, bitchy-catfights, excessive drug taking or cruel penis jibes. Yes, you know what I’m taking about! The epic friendship that saw The Stones soar to the spotlight and has become the focus of many media outlets over the years. The Friendship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
It began in the playground when the pair were eight years old. Keith confided to a then more humbly named Mike Jagger, that when he grew up he wanted to be ‘King of the Cowboys’ and play guitar. Personally, I’m a little saddened by Keith’s failure to live out his cowboy fantasy, but you can’t always get what you want (you see what I did there right) can you? From that moment on the pair would be continually forced together in a random series of events that shows that god was itching for The Stones to get started as soon as possible.
The pair were quickly separated after their stint as mischievous playmates when they attended different secondary schools but of course they were destined to meet again and become the bitchiest besties there ever there was. This infamous meeting took place on the 17th of October in 1961 at Dartford station in Kent. It was on platform two that a young Mick Jagger noticed a scrawny teen roughly his age carrying some blues records that he just could not resist commenting on. Keith proudly carried some recently purchased Chuck Berry records when he felt a light tap on his shoulder, recognising Mick not as the boy he had confessed his love of cowboys to but as a teen he purchased a choc ice from when he was fifteen. The pair immediately hit it off and the rest as they say was history.
Now I could give a detailed account of their every move as besties from this moment on but to be honest most people are already roughly aware and their friendship timeline is not what makes their relationship oh so swoon-worthy. It’s their character. It’s Mick’s clingy, overly emotional attachment to his buddy and Keith’s ability to remain completely oblivious to his friend’s sensitivity that makes their relationship a recipe for both disaster and brilliance.
The Glimmer twins have not only penned some of the world’s best music together but their friendship has created an iconic standard for other celebrity pairings to live up to. I even find myself comparing my own best friend to the Jagger/Richards affair, often asking will we be as difficult with one another after 52 years as friends.
My honest answer…yes definitely. Nobody can be as annoying as my best friend, she can absolutely torment me to my core but there is also no one as kind, as thoughtful, as funny or as wonderfully weird as her which means that even when I’m tormenting her and she’s tormenting me in our rocking chairs at 80 something we might be tormented but we’ll be together and happy for it.
So those ups and downs that seem to be a continuous thing between the two is not because they actually hate each other it’s really just because that’s what happens between two people that have lived in each others pockets for so long. I like to think of them as the best unmarried married couple. So if you’re searching for a couple to admire or a bromance to ship look no further because in Mick and Keith you will find one of the greatest love affairs that ever there was.