Mick Jagger Recounts Terrifying Arrest

06/04/2013
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(Classic Rock) Mick Jagger says his 1967 prison sentence was a terrifying experience and believes it should never have happened. He and Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards were put behind bars following a police raid on the guitarist's home, Redlands, in Sussex.

No charges had been brought at the time, but the pair were accused of drugs offences later. Jagger was sentenced to three months while Richards was given a year but both decisions were overturned at appeal.

Last year it was suggested that the entire episode was a plot orchestrated by MI5 and the FBI, who wants to sabotage the Stones' career. Jagger tells Q: "It was scary. We were facing the prospect of a few months inside. Looking back, it was all a bit extreme. It was unnecessary and a waste of everyone's time and money. It was a bit silly, really."

He disagrees with Richards' light-hearted attitude to the experience. "It was nothing to be cavalier about," he says. "It was terrifying. But at the same time it did have its macabre, lighter moments.

"We weren't living in a police state; everyone wasn't against us. We had a lot of support in the press as well." more on this story

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Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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