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.
Read by Johnny Depp with Joe Hurley and featuring Keith Richards.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2010 Keith Richards (P)2010 Hachette Audio
"[A] high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock 'n' roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States....Mr. Richards has found a way to channel to the reader his own avidity, his own deep soul hunger for music and to make us feel the connections that bind one generation of musicians to another. Along the way he even manages to communicate something of that magic, electromagnetic experience of playing on stage with his mates, be it in a little club or a huge stadium." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"[A] slurry romp through the life of a man who knew every pleasure, denied himself nothing, and never paid the price." (David Remnick, The New Yorker)
"A vivid self-portrait and, of the Stones and their musical era, a grand group portrait....spellbinding storytelling." (Richard Corliss, Time)
pros and cons
It's nice to see that now Audible has listed Joe Hurley as a second reader of this book. They didn't when I purchased the book. Be warned. The book is great. Depp is great. He disappears about four hours in and is replaced by Joe Hurley, who is absolutely abysmal. Terrible cockney accent that slips at strange places. Terrible renditions of American Southern accents. Hurley succeeds in making Richards sound like an absolute idiot. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the book and desperately hoping that Depp comes back soon. I've had pretty close to as much Hurley as I can stomach.
I really enjoyed the story of Keith Richards life and musical career and loved his history of music and all the musicians that were influential during his career (great history!) but found the narration disturbing. I view the narrators of audio books as stars in bringing a story together. The switching of roles between Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley and Keith made some sections a bit disoriented. I would rate the story high but the narration could have been better.
Great story but the narration gets irritating after a while. Constant "drunk Keith" with the faux English accent wasn't really necessary. Poor creative choice.
Guitarist with The Prudes
The bio is very comprehensive up until around 1987 then the details are a little thin but over all it's a great listen/read. Having three voice overs is odd, I loved Johnny and the man himself. Keith keeps nothing back and there are few great surprises and yet it's exhausting even thinking about some of the stories. I haven't read anything this crazy since Moon. If you love the Stones or Keith or have any feelings for the 60's and 70's you will enjoy this, Keith has lived a very fascinating life, or perhaps several.
I never really listened to the stones that much and didn't know a lot about the band members -I do now!!!!
Who am I
by Pete Townshend
Johnny Depp did a good job -although he was very monotonic
Joe Hurley sounded like he was trying to sound British
the end -when he played the guitar for his mom as she was dying
The first chapter is great. After that, the book goes way downhill. Where was the editor? All these inane details! Remember people, less is more, and in this case, more is definitely less. To be fair, I only listened for about two more hours, but I just can't anymore. I am so bored! I skipped ahead. Skipped ahead again. Now I give up. A credit wasted.
I picked this one up on a whim and ended up loving it! Some of the musical arcana was a bit much but what a great portrayal of the dawn of a new musical epoch. The book had too many readers - at least three. I disliked transitioning between the readers but I must say I liked each after a ten minute adjustment period. Don't let this stop from you listening it.
I like listening to Johnny Depp talk about Keith Richards, but only for so long. This book is only for the die-hard fan, and I guess I'm not one.
I'm very confused.... I'm listening to this book that should be fascinating... but it is read in a monotone voice... and I'm bored out of my skull!! I'm about to give up on the book... when suddenly and without explanation and no break in the story... whammo! a new reader... and he takes the story to a whole other level... suddenly the story is riveting, passionate and unapologetic as it should be... I love it I love it I love it.... and then last night as I'm listening... uh oh... four hours before the end of the book... it's that monotone voice again.... a grueling four more hours with Johnny Depp?? Okay, so my guess is that originally they probably wanted him to read it with a Jack Sparrow like performance... but my guess is Disney owns that character and so therefore he's not "allowed" to use the voice of Jack sparrow to talk about dope, bitches, junkies and rock n' roll... so instead he chooses to be monotone??? And he calls himself an actor?? If you can't use the voice, at least read with passion.
The middle reader is fantastic... sounds just like Keith Richards... brings the book to a whole other level... too bad he couldn't have read the whole thing.
... but really... am I going to have to do another 4 hours of JD just to finish....???? aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!!!!!
Avid non-fiction audiobook listener as I drive. Love to learn and be entertained at same time. Have read over 300 audio books in four years.
I must first admit, I am a fan of the Rolling Stones. Maybe not a superfan, who knows all about all of their carrers, but still a fan. But after reading this, I am now a HUGE Keith Richards Fan!. This book seems to be an honest account of an amazing life, warts and all. The authour pulls no punches regarding his herion addiction and his other indescrections. Many other rock and roll authors have done the same, but seem to be bragging about their exploits. Mr. Richards just tells it like it was and is. He comes off as a very likeable guy, and extremely funny and intelligent. He has lived quite a life, and is not afraid to come clean about everything. Loved it, and recommend it to anyone who likes a good, fun read.
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