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Keith Richards (1) (1943–)

Author of Life

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About the Author

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, songwriter, and founding member of the rock band the Rolling Stones ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the "10th greatest guitarist of all time." Richards was born in Kent, England. He first met Mick Jagger as his neighbor until 1954 show more when the family moved. Years later he met Jagger on the train and rekindled their friendship. They began singing in a small band together, "Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys." Richards has sung lead, or co-lead on most Rolling Stones songs. He is said to own over 3000 guitars. In addition to singing, Richards also produces records for other musicians. Richards's autobiography, Life, was released October 26, 2010. He also collaborated with his artist daughter, Theodora, on the autobiographical children's book Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Keith Richards

Associated Works

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) — Actor — 1,151 copies
According to The Rolling Stones (2003) — Author — 308 copies
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters (2002) — Foreword, some editions — 222 copies
Beggars Banquet (1968) — Composer — 107 copies
The Rolling Stones 50 (2012) 66 copies
One + One [1968 film] (1968) 38 copies
Live Aid [video recording] (2004) — Contributor — 38 copies
Crucify [5 track EP] (1992) — Songwriter — 20 copies
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (1992) — Composer — 10 copies
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge [1995 film] (1995) — Actor — 7 copies
Under The Skin (2006) — Songwriter — 7 copies
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll [1988 film] (1970) — Actor — 5 copies
Wild Horses [Sound Recording - Song] (1971) — Songwriter — 4 copies
Les Paul - Chasing Sound (2007) — Contributor — 4 copies
Gered Mankowitz: Rock and Roll Photography (2016) — Foreword — 2 copies
Playboy Magazine ~ October 1989 (Pamela Anderson) (1989) — Interview — 1 copy
The Best of Dick & Dee Dee [sound recording] (1995) — Composer, some editions — 1 copy

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This turned out to be the perfect distraction to read while the world burned. Honestly a joy to read. It feels like you're sitting in a pub with him, hearing his stories. I also hadn't given him enough credit for his technical mastery of the guitar—he gets downright nerdy at times about chord structures.
 
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gonzocc | 137 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
I've had this book in the queues for such a long time, one to dip in and out of at those moments when a bit of amusement was required, I thought. Until the day I wasn't dipping, and couldn't put it down.

Full Review at: https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/life-keith-richards
 
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austcrimefiction | 137 other reviews | Oct 4, 2023 |
As far as rock 'n' roll autobiographies go, it's a good one. Keith is frank, expansive, intelligent, and entertaining. A good mix of early life, personal life, band life, music theory, and the whole " sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" aura that surrounds the rock stars of the twentieth century. Keith's musicianship is nice to read about, his ideas on the blues, guitars, open tuning, "weaving," and country music. Is influence on the Stones is immense. As far as the drugs go, he does say every time he goes on an extended story about drugs that he wouldn't recommend it, and he mentions some bad things about drugs (especially heroin), but the sheer pride he takes in recounting his exploits and his production and his love of the drugs might send the wrong message. But, Keith is Keith. I wish Jagger would write such an autobiography, but I don't reckon he is constitutionally able to be so frank, self-effacing, and self-deprecating that Keith is at times. I am glad I devoted time to reading this. (I could read an entire short book on Keith's reading habits and book collection. When will that one be written?)… (more)
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tuckerresearch | 137 other reviews | Feb 10, 2023 |
A1 999
Backing Vocals – Sarah Dash
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Bass – Charley Drayton
Drums, Backing Vocals – Steve Jordan
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Organ, Clavinet – Ivan Neville
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*, W. Wachtel*
5:50
A2 Wicked As It Seems
Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Drums – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Bass – Charley Drayton
Clavinet – Ivan Neville
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Other [Rattlesnake] – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Written-By – C. Drayton*, K. Richards*, S. Jordan*
4:45
A3 Eileen
Backing Vocals – Charley Drayton
Backing Vocals, Drums, Castanets – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Guitar, Piano – Waddy Wachtel
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Don Smith
Piano – Ivan Neville
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*
4:26
A4 Words Of Wonder
Backing Vocals – Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Other [Lip Bone] – Babi Floyd
Drums – Charley Drayton
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Joe Blaney, Niko Bolas
Piano, Organ, Clavinet – Ivan Neville
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*, W. Wachtel*
6:35
A5 Yap Yap
Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Drums, Percussion – Steve Jordan
Baritone Guitar – Charley Drayton
Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Ivan Neville
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*, W. Wachtel*
4:42
B1 Bodytalks
Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Bernard Fowler, Sarah Dash
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Backing Vocals, Percussion – Steve Jordan
Bass – Charley Drayton
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Voice [Oh, Lord] – Ivan Neville
Written-By – C. Drayton*, K. Richards*, S. Dash*, S. Jordan*
5:18
B2 Hate It When You Leave
Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Drums, Congas, Keyboards [Farfisa] – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Guitar, Other [Celeste] – Waddy Wachtel
Backing Vocals, Organ [Hammond B-3], Piano – Charley Drayton
Bass – Ivan Neville
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Woodwind – Arno Hecht, Crispin Cioe, Jack Bashkow
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*, W. Wachtel*
4:59
B3 Runnin' Too Deep
Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Drums, Percussion – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Bass – Charley Drayton
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Piano – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Don Smith
Piano, Harpsichord – Ivan Neville
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*
3:25
B4 Will But You Won't
Backing Vocals – Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Drums, Percussion – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion – Waddy Wachtel
Bass – Charley Drayton
Clavinet – Ivan Neville
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion – Keith Richards
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Vocals – Babi Floyd
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*
5:04
B5 Demon
Backing Vocals – Babi Floyd, Bernard Fowler
Backing Vocals, Drums, Percussion – Steve Jordan
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Waddy Wachtel
Bass – Charley Drayton
Mixed By – Niko Bolas
Piano – Ivan Neville
Written-By – K. Richards*, S. Jordan*
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