I am a jazz musician. I had a career. I played all sorts of gigs. Still gig a bit at nearly age 60.
Its clear that many people like the Stones. They've translated that into a nice little life - a nice little gig.
I am one of those who has always struggled-more or less-to see validity in them. Simply put: I don't GET it...
And Richards doesn't do me any favors in his book.
The V/O sounds sloppy drunk or "stone"ed. This is incredibly tedious as (most would agree) listening to someone who is affecting drunkeness is. It really takes away from what is being said.
Only laboring with this for several chapters I just couldn't stand it anymore. I shut off the book.
What I heard was alternately mildly interesting and boring - but just as you almost couldn't pay me to go to a Stones concert (to say nothing of actually PAYING for one of their records) - in that spirit - I'm really SORRY I paid for this book.
I guess I'm just doomed to not see their cultural relevance - but after "hearing" Richard's book, its hard to care further.
My ONLY complaint about this audiobook is Joe Hurley. For me, he ruins it. Depp is amazing. Not only is he clear and easy to understand, but gives life to the different personalities in a way that makes you really feel you have a sense of Richards and the gang. Hurley's narration is too affected and very difficult to understand. You're too caught up in his reading of the story to get lost in it. That all said, however, Richards' writing is extremely engaging and a real pleasure. I'm glad I got this free, as part of an audible trial, as I'll now go out and spend the money on the book.
If you like the Stones, you'll enjoy this book. If you play guitar, you should listen Keith's ideas about the instrument he's mastered. His book is sprinkled with what he's learned over the years from other great guitar players or from his own experimenting. I'm not a musician, but I appreciated his insights. Anyone who's had a life-long friend will appreciate Keith's mixed emotions about Mick. Keith has a great deal to say about him. The sudden switch in narrators was a bit odd and unexpected. There doesn't appear to be any reason for it - the voice will just suddenly change. I don't think that it's a reason to avoid this book, so don't worry about it.
I'm totally enjoying this book including the early post war days in England and now the early 60's. Johnny Depp does a nice job for the first four chapters then the Joe Hurley train wreck hits in chapter 5. I know the real Keith can be painful to listen to at times but Hurley is obviously trying to do his best chain smoking, Jack Daniels swilling Keef and its not working for me. It is too over the top. I'm going to have trouble getting through the next 10 hours or so. Its ashame, too bad Johnny must have had other things to do.
This is a fascinating account from the front lines of an era great music and musical/social revolution. Richards if funny and smart, and very entertaining. This is also ideal as an audiobook: if you are like me, NOT a musician, the parts where he goes into musical theory and whatnot probably would have made me put a book down or skip ahead - but with the audiobook I've been content to listen, and have learned a thing or two along the way. I think the story rises well above any quibble one might have with the narration.
The book starts off read by Johnny Depp...a great start then abruptly changes to the gravelly voice of Joe Hurley - who does a great job no doubt except his "Keith" voice ( with accent ) is even a bit too slow for Richards himself and me - more importantly the change leaves you trying to adjust and thereby taking away form the story for the next 30 minutes.
Then at the end comes Depp again....this transition feels somewhat smoother as Depp's voice isn't so hard to adjust to.
I still enjoyed the read...fascinating to hear but I would most definitely have stuck with one reader !
A great story that sets a lot of things straight. Even if you not a Stones fan, you will be after listening to 23 hours of this book.
Very interesting! I still wonder how this guy is alive today. Made me want to listen to the music to see what he was talking about. Good book!
I could tell right away that Malaguena was going to tie this whole thing together. This book served as a splendid review of so many top names in blues, and some of rock's top offerings too. The parts about post-war life in England were surprisingly enlightening. Also surprisingly enlightening were some of the insights into the creative processes of a certain breed of musician. And of course, the book clarifies just how much of a miracle it is that KR is still alive.
It jars at first when Joe Hurley takes over. I presume Mr Depp didn't have time to do the whole thing and suddenly there is a noticeably different voice. After about 15 minutes I liked Joe as much as Johnny. It's strange, Johnny delivers a kind of refined Keith and Joe delivers a raunchier Keef. I imagined Mr Richards was talking to me either way. I hope Keith himself does as well!! Of special interest to me is guitar playing and recording and though I'm only up to the Exile period at this point, what I got so far was so great I'm giving it 5 stars.