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.
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©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)
Great performance of greatly entertaining and well-written book. This is perhaps my favorite audiobook so far
This is such an excellent book. I’m on my second listen and there’s so much more to be had the second time around. My suggestion is to grab a playlist of your own favorite Stones’ songs (and some you’ll definitely add as you go) and stop every now and then to listen to the music. Hearing the songs he describes is a great compliment to the listening experience. Personally I have a new found appreciation for all of the Stones’ songs he singles out. Hearing the little details that went into creating the classics made me just want to listen to them again and again.
Johnny Depp is fantastic for the mellow, historical part of Keith’s life. Joe Hurley is an unbelievably amazing narrator. He brings such great life to the words and he really embodies the tone and mood that is set up in the writing.
Personally I’m not one to criticize the historical facts or points of view expressed in the material as is usually done by listeners who try to be professional reviewers and give their own opinions of books such as this one. I believe those thoughts should be reserved for open discussions and not in the few paragraphs we leave here as a review. It's easy to get caught up in the difficulties the band has had over the years and even take sides between Keith and Mick. Having an open mind by letting Keith tell his story is a great way to approach this book, regardless of any fan predisposition one may have going into it. But again those topics should be discussions for another day. This is one of the most engrossing auto-bios I've ever read and I highly recommend it.
Interesting, fun, but wow so long. I guess it got a little boring 'cause I didn't finish it. But I got nearly there. Then it started feeling like more of the same I guess. Maybe it was just a dip, maybe the ending is great. Maybe I'll put in those last few hours. Maybe.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Become a blues man.
I don't know, having not read the print.
Well, Keith, of course! Although, Anita Pallenburg was compelling, sounds like she started off with everything going for her and lost it.
Expression, English quality.
Yes, I am 60 years old and must have "chosen the Beatles"...I never owned a copy of Beggars Banquet or Exile on Main street. Having listened to Keith via his book, I listened to those records, and they are amazing. No wonder he and Gram Parsons became friends. Revelatory. We hear about "accidental suicide" (Jimi, Mama, Jim Belushi, Graham, so many others); Keith seems to be a case of "accidental survival". Thanks for telling the story, Keith.
I loved this audio book. The details of Keith Richard's life and the poetic manner in which he wrote this memoir simply captivated me. I was sad when it ended.
The alternating narrators was confusing. I think it would have been better to simply have one or the other do the whole book.
only his old days happen to include the birth of the worlds greatest rock and roll band.
I recommend it to anyone interested in 50s and 60s history. So many RnR bios are nothing but strippers, drug rehab, and infighting ad nauseam. Keith captures his life and times along with his love of music ... like sitting on the porch with an old man spinning yarns about the old days.
A few people complained about the change in narration. I liked it ... Joe Hurley sounds like Keith and adds life to the narration where Johnny Depp is a little flat. I'm a big Depp fan so was disappointed ... he's a great actor but not necessarily a great narrator. Still I love this book and have listened to it more than once.
I was never much of a Stones fan, but Keith Richards was always fun to marvel at and I suspected that he'd have some good stories to tell. I was not disappointed and in fact pleasantly surprised.
This book is much like a history of rock and roll from his perspective. He was there for so much of it and his is profound love for music is inspiring. Clearly that has kept him going though an eventful and often harrowing life.
His use of language is magnificent. This guy can really write. And the voice performances add a pleasing dimension that would have been absent in a printed book.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
The Narration - the STORIES - and the LIFE, simply amazing. Keith pours out his childhood and young development as an artist - then just keeps on rolling out his recollection of the times. Unashamed and always interesting, his memories just keep on coming one after, and just to back up some of them - friends chime in to tell tales from their perspective.
Keith Illuminates an unforgettable time and his role in it. He exposes the threads of his life, his triumphs and mistakes. Simply put - if you're an artist or a creative person, you owe it to yourself to listen to this book.
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. For the most part, Keith represented himself critically, although a bit less of the Jagger comparison would have been ok with me. As a child of the 70's, I could related to all that went on.
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