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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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    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 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?"


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Shuan 09-10-12
    Shuan 09-10-12
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    "Great chronicle and insight to British Rockn' Roll"
    What did you like best about Life? What did you like least?

    The best was the first part of the book. Keith talks about his early life and musical begginigs read by Johnny Depp. After a while Keith's chronicle gets a bit repetitive. He gets busted, he gets off, the Stones make another great album. Any Stones fan would be interested in hearing all these stories and ultimately feel satisfaction.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the insight into the creation of early British Rock n' Roll. Also Keith talking about the upstart days and their full fledged commitment to their craft.


    What about Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley ’s performance did you like?

    Johnny Depp's performance to the first part of the book was a perfect pairing, however at the end when the stories start to sound similar Johnny's monotone slows the book down a bit. Joe Hurley read with great enthusiasm as though he had been there for all the memories. Both performances were very well done.


    Did Life inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Become a blues man.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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