Jagger Book: Affairs with Madonna, Princess Margaret ... Eric Clapton?
NEW YORK (AP) _ A new book about Mick Jagger claims the rock star had affairs with everyone from Madonna and Princess Margaret to Eric Clapton and Rudolf Nureyev.
In ″Jagger Unauthorized,″ writer Christopher Andersen also resuscitates reports of Jagger’s fling with fellow pop star David Bowie and says Andy Warhol was among the singer’s brief flames.
The book, priced at $22.95, is scheduled for release by Delacorte Press on Wednesday, two months before Jagger turns 50. Andersen is the author of 14 books, including the best seller, ″Madonna Unauthorized,″ and biographies of Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.
Andersen alleges that the lead singer of the Rolling Stones was discovered in bed with Clapton in the late 1960s.
″It was a very narcissistic scene, very ambivalent sexually,″ he quotes John Dunbar, the ex-husband of Marianne Faithfull, one of Jagger’s first loves. ″Bisexuality and androgyny are not only accepted, but they are encouraged.″
A spokesman for Clapton did not immediately return a phone call for comment, nor did Madonna’s.
Andersen wrote that Jagger enjoyed cross-dressing with Faithfull and had affairs with Bowie and Nureyev, the Russian-born ballet star who died of AIDS on Jan. 6 at age 54.
The writer quotes Geraldo Rivera as saying that Jagger and Nureyev tried to seduce the talk-show host at a party in 1972. Rivera says he turned them down.
Andersen said Madonna befriended Jagger in the late 1970s when she was a 20-year-old groupie. The two met for several trysts, and apparently remain on good terms, he wrote.
Andersen alleged that Britain’s Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, apparently was another one of Jagger’s conquests in the late 1960s. She was still married to Lord Snowdon at the time.
″There was a flirtation going on there, definitely,″ an unidentified observer of London’s social scene told Andersen. ″Princess Margaret was only in her 30s at the time and quite attractive.″
Buckingham Palace said: ″We don’t comment on this great raft of books involving the royal family. A lot of them are sensational.″