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Life | [Keith Richards, James Fox]

Life

Now at last Keith 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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    "Awesome audiobook"

    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

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    Fred AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-15-10
    Fred AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Cudos"

    What a great book! I laughed and cried. God bless you, Keith Richards. You and the Stones are Rock and Roll icons.

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    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 11-13-10
    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 11-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "if you like rock & roll..."

    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.

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    Eileen Encino, CA, United States 11-13-10
    Eileen Encino, CA, United States 11-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "What a Life!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Illus Chicago, IL, United States 11-10-10
    Illus Chicago, IL, United States 11-10-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Rip this Joint"

    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.

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    Joel Snoqualmie, WA, United States 11-10-10
    Joel Snoqualmie, WA, United States 11-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Perfect story for listening"

    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!

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    Julie Seattle, WA, United States 11-05-10
    Julie Seattle, WA, United States 11-05-10
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    "I just can't listen anymore"

    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.

    21 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    Angela San Francisco, CA, United States 10-16-13
    Angela San Francisco, CA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but Long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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?"


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    DAVID CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States 08-07-13
    DAVID CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States 08-07-13
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    "Fabulous Book Terrible readers"
    Would you listen to Life again? Why?

    Yes. Loved the story. Keith Richards is a genius in song and life.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley ’s performances?

    No. This was terrible. Johnny Depp ok but boring. Joe Hurley horrible. I thought it greatly detracted from the brilliant prose.


    Any additional comments?

    My first disappointing Audible book from the viewpoint of readers after more than 60 books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Msaly1 12-11-11
    Msaly1 12-11-11

    Semi retired CPA, Sarah's mom, corgi mom, avid traveler, political junkie, somewhere north of ATL

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    "SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK N ROLL"

    The best, by the best......read it and weep! Every guys hero and every girls fantasy!

    No apologies, no regrets.

    Superb!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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