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Mick Jagger on the Stones making money (1989): “Of course, we’re doing it for the money, as well. We’ve always done it for the money. People get highly paid in rock & roll. That’s why it’s so attractive. It’s like boxing. People don’t do boxing for nothing. They start off doing it because they hope to get to the top, because when they get to the top, they’ll make lots of money. I mean, that’s America. But also, to my mind, it has to be done in a good way where it doesn’t rip people off. It’s got to be good value for money. You shouldn’t charge less than everyone else. You can charge more than everyone else, but you also have to give them more than everyone else.”
In the world of classic rock, few bands have achieved the iconic status and lasting impact of The Rolling Stones. With their rebellious spirit, infectious energy, and timeless music, Mick Jagger and his bandmates have become legends in their own right. And while some might accuse them of simply chasing the almighty dollar, Mick Jagger himself once offered a candid response that shed light on their motivation. In 1989, during an interview, Mick Jagger was asked about the Stones’ relentless touring and their seemingly insatiable need to perform. With a frank and honest demeanor, he quipped, “Of course, we’re doing it for the money.” While Jagger’s response may have raised a few eyebrows, it’s important to understand the context in which he made this statement. The Rolling Stones have always been unapologetic about their desire to make money from their music. However, it would be unfair to reduce their artistic journey solely to financial gain. The band’s longevity and success can be attributed to their unwavering passion for music, their commitment to entertaining millions of fans worldwide, and their unyielding dedication to their craft. Over the years, The Rolling Stones have produced anthems that have resonated with generations. Their electrifying performances and raw energy on stage have made them a force to be reckoned with. Mick Jagger’s statement, although straightforward, highlights the band’s understanding of the music industry and their ability to balance artistic integrity with commercial success. It is undeniable that The Rolling Stones have amassed a fortune through their music career. Yet, their genuine love for creating and performing music is what has truly set them apart. They have fearlessly pushed boundaries, defied expectations, and crafted a lasting legacy that extends far beyond monetary gain. The Rolling Stones are a testament to the enduring power of rock ‘n’ roll and the incredible impact that a band can have on the world.