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Life
Keith Richards

Classification : Biography & Memoir
Pub Date : May 05, 2011
Imprint : Phoenix
Page Extent : 640
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780753826614
Price : 799

About the book
The definitive sex, drugs and rock and roll memoir.
Unique insider account of composing, recording and playing in the Rolling Stones for nearly 50 years.
The hardback publication was an international publishing event - one of the very few rock memoirs ever to have been published by a living legend.
New audience has discovered Keith via the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies.

Once-in-a-generation memoir of a rock legend - the No. 1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.

'Electrifying' New York Times

'A masterpiece' The Word

'Funny, poignant, brutally honest' Sunday Telegraph


With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done.

Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero.

Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, 'Exile on Main Street' and 'Some Girls'. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family and the road that goes on for ever.

In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richards brings us the essential life story of our times.


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The fact that Keith is still alive to tell the story is incredible.
A memoir so full of incident it feels like the author's lived three lives, not one.
Life may be the best rock star autobiography ever.
A hilarious, ribald and often shocking tale told elegantly and with much candidness.
Once you begin this, wild, wild horses couldn't drag you away.
Dark, honest and gleefully indiscreet from the first page to the last, it puts some of today's painfully dull musicians to shame.
This is a good, gossipy read. But the best stuff is Keith on music. Check out his wonderful passage on Charlie Watt's drumming.
a masterpiece, the most sustained, colourful and rambunctious rampage through his [Keith's] 67 years imaginable>
Keith comes across as a thoroughly decent man, with just a hint of the devil. His relationship with Jagger is complex and fascinating>
Electrifying... 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 pretence, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits>
LIFE is pretty faultless as the quintessential depiction of the man in full and his extraordinary life and times to date>
The fact that Keith is still alive to tell the story is incredible>
A memoir so full of incident it feels like the author's lived three lives, not one>
LIFE may be the best rock star autobiography ever>
I was hooked from the start>
A hilarious, ribald and often shocking tale told elegantly and with much candidness>
Once you begin this, wild, wild horses couldn't drag you away>
Dark, honest and gleefully indiscreet from the first page to the last, it puts some of today's painfully dull musicians to shame>
This is a good, gossipy read. But the best stuff is Keith on music. Check out his wonderful passage on Charlie Watt's drumming>
densely packed with incident ... immensely readable>
Funny, poignant, brutally honest, engagingly colloquial, Life is pure Keith Richards, as good a rock memoir as you are likely to read.
A masterpiece, the most sustained, colourful and rambunctious rampage through his [Keith's] 67 years imaginable>
'Electrifying... 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 pretence, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits'
'Keith comes across as a thoroughly decent man, with just a hint of the devil. His relationship with Jagger is complex and fascinating'
LIFE is pretty faultless as the quintessential depiction of the man in full and his extraordinary life and times to date'
'Electrifying... 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 pretence, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits'
'Keith comes across as a thoroughly decent man, with just a hint of the devil. His relationship with Jagger is complex and fascinating'
LIFE is pretty faultless as the quintessential depiction of the man in full and his extraordinary life and times to date'
'Electrifying... 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 pretence, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits'
'Keith comes across as a thoroughly decent man, with just a hint of the devil. His relationship with Jagger is complex and fascinating'
LIFE is pretty faultless as the quintessential depiction of the man in full and his extraordinary life and times to date'
     
Keith Richards
Keith Richards was born in Dartford in 1943 and founded the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger in 1962. He lives in Connecticut.
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