What a terrific audio book. You truly get to know Keith in this engaging autobiography, and there's lots to love: the Stones history and mythology explained, a lifetime's cast of marginal characters brought center stage, the influence, uses and abuses of a long history with drugs, but most of all the music. Keith's love of music in general and true rock and roll in particular, and guitar rock very specifically, are at the core of the book. The book is a great story. We get to listen to one of the true originals of 20th century music tell it all, and its a blast. Not sure what the female reviewers who gave the book 1 star are talking about. They preface their reviews with what big Stones fans they are, and then criticize KR for misogyny because of his use of certain slang terms. What? Didn't you listen to any of the lyrics of the songs? Its a vernacular, and a life that apparently the reviewers never shared. The truth is Keith's sincerity and love for the significant women in his life are touching and real, especially his mature attitude to Anita Pallenberg. The best of the book is its tone. Richards is completely honest, completely sincere. He has, like him or not, integrity. I'm reminded of an interview I once saw with Bernie Worrell where Bernie calls Keith "one of the people." And that's it. He is the real deal: a genuine rock song writing original, but even more a true, for real, much to be admired human with values that cannot be compromised and faith with friends that cannot be breached. That's what the book is about.
The narration by Johnny Depp is good, but that by Joe Hurley is superb. If you were wondering whether this one is really worth it, it is.
Audio books don't get much better than this. Fascinating look at music legend's life - ups and downs. Seems very honest in the telling. Narration is spot on. KR comes across as much more than just a drugged up rocker. I enjoyed this as much as the Andre Agassi autobiography. Highly recommended!
If you are a fan of rock & roll and love great storytelling you can't go wrong with this book. Great, funny and remarkable story telling by Keith Richards. A sure thing
You will like this book. The work it took for Keith to become one the top guitarist is detailed. The background of how many of their great songs were born and then there is the crazy life and you wonder how he survived.
I have always liked the Rolling Stones, but never appreciated them the way I should have ... this autobiography made me go back and listen again to the music. Keith Richards is far more articulate than he should be given his years of drug abuse, all of which is recounted candidly and without regret. I admire his honesty even if I couldn't make the same choices that he did.
The narration was confusing -- starting with Johnny Depp and then suddenly switching to another reader, before returning to Johnny and ultimately finishing with Keith's own voice. Johnny Depp's recording was a bit stilted, but easy to follow, however.
I think this could have been half as long. I was surprised to find myself fast forwarding at various points. As a Stones fan, I'm familiar with the lore and have heard some these anecdotes before. I could do without the insane amount of detail he goes into at some points on subjects that don't require it. At one point he emphasizes ten or fifteen times that the cocaine and heroin he was doing was "Pharmaceutical grade man" - I mean - he's really proud that his drugs were absolutely top of the line. Good for RS or Keith fans, but if you're not into sex, drugs and rock and roll - better skip this one.
I'm about 12 hours in to Keith Richard's "Life", and have found the writing -- really storytelling -- and the narration to be fantastic. Even the music lesson -- guitar chords and all -- were entertaining to a non-musician. If you grew up with the Stones, this is a must-have listen. Need to get out on another road trip to finish this one soon!
I've been a Stones fan forever, but I'm not sure I'll be able to enjoy their music after listening to the first two installments of this book. (I don't plan to ever listen to the third.) Richards' misogyny is all the worse because he is either unaware of it or utterly unapologetic for it. Women are either b*tches, chicks or birds and seem to exist only to be f***ed by Richards. Even if I could ignore his treatment of women, I doubt that I would finish the book - it is very badly written.
I'm not sure why Johnny Depp narrates the beginning and Joe Hurley the rest. It seems bizarre.
Why is this book so long? I've enjoyed it, but after the 10th drug bust story, it feels more redundant than informative. Obviously one can't squeeze in every single detail about one's life in an autobiography without it becoming tedious.
That being said, he's had an incredible, one-of-a-kind life that's interesting to hear about. It does answer the question I had before starting: "What's it like to be Keith Richards?"