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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
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Info:Little, Brown and Company (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 576 pages
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Lots of great stories. Goes through all the gory details, quite squalid at times. What comes through is his love of playing and writing music and his sheer strangeness! ( )
  jerhogan | Jun 10, 2014 |
I'm shocked how this man has survived this long! Keith Richards life story is just jaw dropping. The lifestyle of arc, drugs, rock n roll are all true. Keith has and currently lives a wonderful life.

I was really interested in the relationship between Keith and Mick. They are two polar opposites. How the music was made is even a better tale.

Such a great book! ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
I'm shocked how this man has survived this long! Keith Richards life story is just jaw dropping. The lifestyle of arc, drugs, rock n roll are all true. Keith has and currently lives a wonderful life.

I was really interested in the relationship between Keith and Mick. They are two polar opposites. How the music was made is even a better tale.

Such a great book! ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
I like this and I hate this. First, the liked parts:
* Richards is unapologetic. He lived his life the way he wanted. He owns up to his foibles and flaws, as he sees them.
* Johnny Depp isn't too bad of a reader -- but Joe Hurly is better.
* There is a ton of music history and music theory in this -- and I'm not even a music student.

Second, the hated parts:
* Richards is a self-absorbed cretin. I can't say he is a misogynist; but rather his a chauvinist...or maybe he's just a product of his childhood that never learned to speak about women (other than his mother) with a civil tongue.
* This is an INCREDIBLY long book. It's eye numbingly long. It seems even longer as an audio book.
* Richards has some weird fascination with "blacks" as he calls them. The women, the men, the music, the culture, the hospitality. His...devotion really isn't the right word...is creepy. ( )
  lesmel | Jan 31, 2014 |
Wonderful!!! I read this autobiography based on a recommendation and was very pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. Keith Richards tells the story of his life (thus far) with snip-its of first-hand accounts, photos and his personal memories. The writing style takes some getting used to since it seems to be written just as Keith would tell you his story. Sentences are put on pause at times so that he can joke and laugh about what happened. Who knew that Keith was so funny?!?! Keith's personality gives his story life and keeps his reader glued to each page. He not only talks about his own life, but also that of the Rolling Stones, as well as relationships he has with many famous musicians, singers and other people in the entertainment business. "Life" is definitely a must read for a Stones fan but even if you aren't I would highly recommend it as an amazing autobiography that will be unlike anything you have ever read before. ( )
  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
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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.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 031603438X, Hardcover)

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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