Life

Keith Richards

Life

Rolling Stone Keith Richard tells the story of his life. Memories include: Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero. Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, 'Exile on Main Street' and 'Some Girls'. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family and the road that goes on for ever. 3.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
Life

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Music, Stage & Screen
Format Hardback
Pages 608
RRP £20.00
Date of Publication October 2010
ISBN 978-0297854395
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
 

Rolling Stone Keith Richard tells the story of his life. Memories include: Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero. Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, 'Exile on Main Street' and 'Some Girls'. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family and the road that goes on for ever.

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Reviews

The New York Times

Michiko Kakutani

Electrifying… By turns earnest and wicked, sweet and sarcastic and unsparing, Mr. Richards writes with uncommon candor and immediacy… [His] prose is like his guitar playing: intense, elemental, utterly distinctive and achingly, emotionally direct.

03/11/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

David L. Ulin

...we get the sense that he's being candid, saying what he feels because he has no reason to hide. Nowhere is that more compelling than when Richards writes about music, which he does with insight and grace. Here we have the brilliant stuff, worth the price of admission.

03/11/2010

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The Observer

Sean O'Hagan

Life has the macho swagger that rock'n'roll in general – and the Rolling Stones in particular – once possessed. This is both its strength and its weakness. It often reads like a historical document of another time: a lost world in which women were always "chicks" or "bitches", an inflatable giant penis was a non-ironic stage prop, and a bottle of Jack Daniel's was the de rigueur rock'n'roll accessory.

03/11/2010

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The Sunday Times

Lynn Barber

All those X Factor wannabes should read this book and see how incredibly hard Keith and Mick Jagger worked for their success... immensely readable

03/11/2010

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The Evening Standard

Pete Clark

The first half of Life is the most interesting because it gives an essence of the man in his formative stages. The career of the fully fledged Stones has been so thoroughly exposed to the limelight that there are no hidden corners to explore. Keith comes across as a thoroughly decent man, with just a hint of the devil.

03/11/2010

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