Mick Jagger Reflects On 'Two-Way Street' of His Friendship With David Bowie

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Mick Jagger and David Bowie at POP in Soho, London on Dec. 2, 1999.  They were attending the aftershow party for Bowie's gig at the Astoria that evening. 

“It's really sad when somebody leaves, and you haven't spoken to them for a long while.”

Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s campy, tremendous “Dancing in the Street” collaboration is a true testament to both artists’ friendship and iconography. The Rolling Stones frontman recently spoke about Bowie as an industry game-changer, healthy competitor and friend following Bowie's death on Jan. 10 at age 69. 

“He used to copy me sometimes, but he'd be very honest about it. If he took one of your moves, he'd say, ‘That's one of yours -- I just tried it,’” Jagger told Rolling Stone. “I didn't mind sharing things with him, because he would share so much with me -- it was a two-way street.”

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Jagger also told Rolling Stone that making the “Dancing in the Street” music video was one of his fondest memories of Bowie.

“We had to record the song and film the video all in one day. We walked straight from the studio onto the set of the video,” Jagger said. “The video is hilarious to watch. It was the only time we really collaborated on anything, which is really stupid when you think about it.”

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Mick mentioned that he and Bowie lost touch in the early 2000s when the White Duke stopped touring.

“It's really sad when somebody leaves, and you haven't spoken to them for a long while,” Jagger told Rolling Stone. “You wish you'd done this; you wish you'd done that. But that's what happens. Strange things happen in life.”