Drugs, sex and home loans lead Jagger's Top Ten rock tips - video

The Rolling Stones singer has condensed 50 years of Rock ‘n’ roll into a list of useful tips

LAST UPDATED AT 12:10 ON Thu 13 Dec 2012

AFTER 50 years at the business end of The Rolling Stones, you’d expect Mick Jagger to have worked out a thing or two about the music industry. But a list of the Top 10 things he’s learned about rock ‘n’ roll compiled by the 69-year old for CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman, also offers some surprising advice on home loans and relationships.

Here’s the list - The Top Things, I Mick Jagger, have learned about rock ‘n’ roll - in the order he presented it on Letterman's on Tuesday night:
10. Nobody wants to hear anything from your new album.
9. Never take relationship advice from [record producer and convicted murderer] Phil Spector.
8. Before shouting “Hello Seattle!” make sure you are in Seattle.
7. You don’t earn a cent when someone makes a record called Moves Like Jagger.
6. Everyone you meet after you become famous is only interested in you as a person.
5. Song royalties are great, but they can’t match the cash flow from a reverse mortgage.
4. A good way to keep yourself entertained is to sign every tenth autograph Doris Goldblatt.
3. Be considerate of other hotel guests: trash your room by 10pm.
2. You can’t always get what you want – like a good joke on the Top Ten list, for example.
1. You start out playing rock ‘n’ roll so you can do drugs and have sex. But you end up taking drugs so you can still play rock ‘n’ roll and have sex.

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