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At the age of 16 I freaked out Mick Jagger and realised that I was never going to be cool enough for the sixties.

By Ted Huckapokie   July 1999

Mid-June sees the release of a new album by Marianne Faithfull and concerts by the Rolling Stones at Wembley. It brings back vivid memories of a sunny June afternoon 30 years ago, when I had tea with Mick and Marianne. It was the start of a slow and painful process culminating in my acknowledgement that I was never going to be cool enough for the sixties. Here is how it happened.

I was a pretty Hampstead boy, nearly 16 years old and in the middle of O-levels. I used to get stoned at weekends with my older friend Paul, from…

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