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Life

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his...
As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his...
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  • As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

    Now at last Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in Honky Tonk Woman and Jumpin' Jack Flash. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

    In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him—part growl, part laugh—Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered and fearless and true.

 
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  • AudioFile Magazine One of the most highly anticipated autobiographies in years, Keith Richards's memoir, predictably, pulls no punches as the Rolling Stones' lead guitarist ruminates about his London working-class background and how he and his cronies' love of the blues propelled them to heretofore unseen heights of fame and success. Describing Richards's legendary drug consumption as well as his relationships with luminaries like John Lennon, Johnny Depp as narrator (hand-picked by Richards) is perfect, especially considering the actor previously portrayed gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, whose drug indulgences and counterculture cachet equaled Richards's. Musician Joe Hurley, who shares in the reading, seems to be equally adept at channeling Richards. Richards's trademark Cockney rasp is laced with the wry bemusement of someone who's lived a charmed life. Dickensian street urchin meets A CLOCKWORK ORANGE--it's a great combo to tell the story of rock's ultimate outlaw. J.S.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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