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Woman Behind 'Brown Sugar' To Sell Jagger Letters

We know Mick Jagger as the man who wrote the lyrics behind dozens of hit songs by the Rolling Stones. One of his many lovers, and thought to be the inspiration behind the song "Brown Sugar," has it all on record, and is making love letters public — for a price.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: "Brown Sugar."

We know Mick Jagger was the man who wrote the lyrics behind dozens of hit songs by the Rolling Stones, but especially given those songs, it's something of a surprise that he could compose a sweet love letter. One of his many lovers - and thought to be the inspiration behind the song "Brown Sugar" - has those letters and is making them public, for a price.

American Marsha Hunt was quite well-known herself back in the London of the '60s. Her exchange of letters with Mick Jagger was in the summer of 1969, while the Rolling Stone was in Australia filming a movie. Those love letters reveal a romantic side of the singer that was little known at the time. Rather than the rocker described by Britain's Guardian newspaper as an uncouth, drug-using rebel, Jagger appears in these letters to be more thoughtful, sensitive and self-aware. He muses about the books Marsha Hunt sent him overseas, including the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

The letters are expected to fetch more than $100,000 when they're auctioned off at Sotheby's next month. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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