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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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    Angela 10-16-13
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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.

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    Msaly1 12-11-11
    Msaly1 12-11-11 Member Since 2006

    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!

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    malcolm 08-14-11
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    "Just could not listen to Hurley"

    I was enjoying part 1 until it came to the change in narrator. I'm sorry, but much as I enjoy the material, I just have to dump this audiobook. Killed by Hurley - just can't listen to him. Actually think I may buy the book and read it. Rare even when a narrator is so bad.

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    Katherine Yarmouth, ME, United States 04-04-11
    Katherine Yarmouth, ME, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2005
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    "good insights into Richards, narration uneven"

    enjoyed learning more about the craft of writing a song, and know it will increase my enjoyment in listening to some of my stones favorites. Richards comes across as honest and depicts addictions without self pity or apology. The depth of his love for music and the craft behind it was particularly interesting. A great book for anyone you know who is into music. I agree the narration by Hurley was not good--Depp may have been a bit "over the top" but I found it kept my attention whereas Hurly's narration was too flat and literally could put me to sleep. Book could have used editing, but overall if you like the Stones--Richards takes you on a great ride.

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    Bradley La Crosse, WI, United States 03-28-11
    Bradley La Crosse, WI, United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Keith I never knew"

    This was a fantastic read. Unlike Bob Dylan (whose memoir I also liked), Keith tells you EVERYTHING you want to know about being in The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. I learned so much about blues and rock history, about why Keith Richards is one of the greatest guitarists ever, and about why the rest of us could never get away with partying as hard as has. Great narration by Joe Hurley, less great but still okay by Johnny Depp.

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    Paul Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-22-10
    Paul Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, but a little long"

    AND there are two readers. The first section is done by a guy doing a basic American accent and then -- for some damned reason -- Johnny Depp starts reading in the second section doing a fake British accent. It gets a little old after a while. I dunno why. Maybe 'cause you know he's faking it.

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    Charlotte Austin, TX, United States 12-19-10
    Charlotte Austin, TX, United States 12-19-10
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    "Johnny Depp drones on and on and on"

    I was so excited to hear that Johnny Depp, who taps into Keith Richards to play Captain Jack Sparrow, would be narrating this. Unfortunately, what I was hoping for was not delivered. Johnny Depp simply drones on and on in his own fake slightly European accent. No excitement or drama in his tone whatsoever. Ruins the telling of Keith's story.

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    Elizabeth Moretown, VT, United States 12-09-10
    Elizabeth Moretown, VT, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Not a great audio book experience"

    I switched to the real thing. I enjoy the book, but the audio book is terrible. After Part 1, Johnny Depp takes over reading, and while he may sound more like Keith than Joe Hurley, he ruins the pace and the 'relationship' the listener has already established with the narrator. I found Depp's efforts to sound stoned and English just awful. This is a case where you are better off reading the book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 03-11-11
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 03-11-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Keith Richards likes to cuddle"

    Richards mentions his preference for cuddling so many times I began to get the idea that he must be awful in bed. He desires women the way children want puppies: to pet them. Good on his childhood but vague in his long-running glory days. Reading it is like shoveling smoke, with big names populating the haze. Clears up one mystery: why he's still alive after all those drugs. Although he assumes a self-congratulatory tone for his survival, it's clear that he's a volunteer in the drug army, not a draftee. He's not an addict and really can quit anytime he wants to endure the withdrawal. Best part of the book is his take on the music, although there's not enough of that. He's Duct-tape DIY to Mick Jagger's royalty. For Stones' fans, worth reading.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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