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.
A part of the Reader Store Must-Read Memoir Collection.
Showing 1-1 of the 1 most recent reviews
1 . Excellent reading. Well written.
Posted November 27, 2010 by Tom Sr , HerndonBeing an original Beatles fan (John specifically) I was always drawn to originality and raw talent. Keith Richards has always fit that bill. His life has always been an open book hence when he came around to sharing it I had to at least give it a try. I have developed a new found respect beyond his musical talents and found him to be a down to earth man with faults, feelings and love of family and life. The book is very well written and totally engrossing. I came away with a different view of the man and the musician. His complex relationship with Mick is both fascinating and uncomfortable at times. I looked forward to each chapter every night before lights out. Strongly suggested reading . . . . for those who can take it.
Little, Brown and Company
October 25, 2010
Number of Print Pages*
Adobe DRM EPUB
* Number of eBook pages may differ. Click here for more information.