Mick Jagger says he can still get satisfaction from the streaming revolution in music, despite it costing him millions of pounds in lost revenue.
The Rolling Stones frontman is a huge fan of online music services, despite their impact on sales over the past decade.
The 80-year-old rock icon says he is delighted young people can now access music of different genres and rare vintages at the touch of a button.
He said he spent his formative years hunting for records by obscure R’n’B and blues artists not available in high street shops. Promoting the Stones’ new album, Hackney Diamonds, he said: “Streaming is much maligned. But the interesting thing about it is that people of all generations can access music from all periods.
“Whereas before, if I wanted to buy an old blues record from 1955, that was really difficult. I had to do a mail order or I had to go into a specialist shop. Now I can see it is right there.”
But he admitted hunting for non-mainstream artists in the 60s and 70s could also be fun.vHe said: “Things were so hard to get, which makes them more desirable in a way.”
Mick said he formed a bond with Stones guitarist Keith Richards, 79, while both hunting for vinyl in Dartford, Kent, in 1962. He said: “I had rare records. There were one or two shops in London where you could buy them. They were expensive because they’re imported. But part of your playing ability was to listen and try to copy these licks.”
Mick also spoke about how much he misses Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts, who features on the new album despite dying at the age of 80 in 2021.
He said: “I knew him since I was 19 and I hung out a lot with Charlie.vWe had a lot of interests outside of playing in a band. We loved football and cricket.”