Mick Jagger, David Bowie Love Story Reminds Us How Conservative We’ve Gotten Since The ’70s

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Mick Jagger and David Bowie

We’ve kind of heard forever that rock gods David Bowie and Mick Jagger were a little more than friends and duet partners back in the day. I mean, “Dancing in the Street” was an abomination to music, but those two had chemistry in that video. So, we weren’t exactly shocked to read the excerpt of Christopher Anderson’s Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger in the New York Daily News yesterday that spills details about their mutual admiration. The two became friends at the height of the androgenous glam rock era (circa 1973), when Bowie performed as Ziggy Stardust. The book quotes several of their friends, as well as Bowie’s then-wife Angie Bowie, as having witnessed their closeness. Angie says she walked in on them hanging out naked in bed together. Bowie backup singer Ava Cherry reportedly told a friend that she’d even been in bed with Mick and David while they had sex with each other. Still, we were kind of more surprised to read about Mick’s crush on Angelina Jolie than any of this.

What is interesting is to speculate how we’d react if any of today’s big artists displayed similar proclivities. We’re all cool with Lady Gaga saying she’s bisexual, but what if we heard that she was getting it on regularly with a married or engaged peer — say, Pink or Britney? Gasp! And think about how much whispering there was last week when rumors were flying that Katie Holmes walked in on Tom Cruise and David Beckham. If this were the ’70s, maybe we’d be saying, “Duh. Why wouldn’t two such hot beings want to enjoy each other’s company?” This is a weird thing to be nostalgic about, we know. But still fun! And now, torture yourselves with this video:

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