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Life by Keith Richards

Life (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Keith Richards, James Fox (Contributor)

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Authors:Keith Richards
Other authors:James Fox (Contributor)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 576 pages
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This book is pure entertainment! “Life” is a very intimate portrait which is funny, sad, heart-felt and full of great rock-and-roll debauchery! Keith’s awe and respect for fellow musicians along with his great love of making music come through on every page. This bio covers everything from Keith’s family life and his time as a Boy Scout to his song-writing style, life on the road, heroin addiction, knife-fighting tips and his favorite recipe for bangers and mash! Oh, and you can't possibly forget his "marriage" to Etta James! I found myself reading excerpts out loud to the family. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a lover of rock-and-roll. ( )
  sherribelcher | Feb 11, 2016 |
Had read about Jagger - I wanted the other side right from Richards' own mouth. Or virtually since it is made to seem as though he's talking with you in the chair by his side - it's very conversational. A tad long perhaps, but fascinating - especially if you're a fan. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
unabridged audio...(20 discs)

read by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley

What a story!
What a wealth of information he shares.
Inspiration...songwriting...guitar technique...human relations........
challenges within the Rolling Stones...addiction and a years of substance abuse........finally clean for years
I can't even begin to summarize the dimensions of this autobi

Fearlessly told and I believe no stone left unturned....brash and perhaps not for the faint of heart

Photographic bonus !

As KR did a cameo narration on the last disc...I came away feeling I finally
had a true flavor of his life. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 26, 2016 |

As if anyone that drugged up could remember all that with such mind-numbing minute detail? And does anyone really care about all that from childhood?

Oh, I think he made some of it up......But his passion for music is real and that comes trough strikingly clear like a bell.

But what I want to know is: Who in the hell tagged this "historical fiction"? Huh?

And I seem to be the only person not "WOWED" by it. Well....So Sad, Too Bad! ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
This come from the unique perspective of Richards himself. I thought it was quite neat to hear the artist that influenced him and about his love of music. Probably a good half of the book is dedicated to his heroin addiction and the stupid things they did while on drugs or searching for them. The book also discusses Keith's and Mick's love hate relationship and how Mick wanted to be a dictator and keith just wanted to hold the band together. This book was a semi-enjoyable read. I would not care to read it a second time as i am not a huge heroin addict or a huge rolling stones fan. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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If you can remember the Sixties, blah blah blah. Boy can Keith Richards remember the Sixties, which is great. The real miracle is that he can remember the Seventies, considering that Keith’s poison was heroin, which would surely make performing in a high-energy band quite difficult, let alone raising two children, with a heroin-addicted Anita Pallenberg. So the very existence of this book is a marker against the ravages of time. It suggests that Richards’s memory is fresh in a way that his face isn’t. His memory has had a little help: there are letters he sent to relatives, and even a diary, as well as testaments from friends and garnering from other people’s memoirs. Goodness, there’s enough material to start an archive in somewhere like Texas, or for Andrew Motion to contemplate an official biography. For now, though, we have a lot of kind, perhaps even indulgent, transcription from James Fox.
added by lkernagh | editThe Telegraph, Tom Payne (Nov 5, 2010)
The survivor's story is one of the predominant narratives of our time. It usually traces a familiar arc from excess through despair to redemption, and, as such, allows us to enjoy the vicarious thrill of voyeurism within the framework of a cautionary or salutary tale. Life by Keith Richards, the most famous survivor of them all, breaks with this tradition insofar as it contains excess aplenty but hardly any despair and very little redemption. Keith did it all, had a hell of a good time, and survived to brag about it.
added by lkernagh | editThe Guardian, Sean O'Hagan (Oct 31, 2010)
Mick Jagger has always looked -- will always look -- like Mick Jagger. But try to connect the glum schoolboy-guitarist of early '60s black-and-white pics with the Keith Richards of today. A heap of living and occasional bouts of near-dying have gone into that flayed, weathered, kohl-eyed visage, whose topography suggests a moonscape irrigated with Jack Daniel's. After half a century on the road, Richards has the face he deserves -- but not, it appears, the brain. Against all pharmaceutical odds, he has held on to a substantial portion of his own history and has turned it into the most scabrously honest and essential rock memoir in a long time....And yet here he is, defiantly alive, and defiant in every other respect, too, his language just as politically incorrect, his judgments every bit as summary.
“Life” is way more than a revealing showbiz memoir. It is also a high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock ’n’ roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States. It’s an eye-opening all-nighter in the studio with a master craftsman disclosing the alchemical secrets of his art. And it’s the intimate and moving story of one man’s long strange trip over the decades, told in dead-on, visceral prose without any of the pretense, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: It's hard to imagine a celebrity memoir--or any memoir for that matter--that is as easy to drink in (so to speak) as Keith Richards's Life. Die-hard Stones fans will love tales of the band's ascension from the "interval" band at the Marquee to the headliners at Super Bowl XL; guitar gearheads will scramble to sample the one lick that has eluded Richards for 49 years; and historians and romantics alike will swoon over the raspy, rambling, raucous detail of this portrait of the artist in situ. Yes, some tales are told, but Life is refreshingly not gossipy, mean-spirited, or sordid--or at least not more than the truth demands. Richards is as comfortable in his bones as a worn pair of boots, and Life captures the rhythm of his voice so effortlessly that reading his tale is like sharing a pint with an old friend--one who happens to be one of the most iconic guitarists of all time. --Daphne Durham

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Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life. He tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane; his listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones' first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as outlaw folk hero, creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." He discusses falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones, his tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction, as well as falling in love with Patti Hansen, and his bitter estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. He talks about his marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos; the road that goes on forever.… (more)

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