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 book. Johnny Depp is not the best reader but he fits as "Keith's Voice". Learned you can't judge a book by its cover as they say. Keith is deeper, more interesting, and more of a character than I ever thought.
Simply fantastic. I'm sure it's a terrific read as well, but the Audible version adds a level of richness and depth that I would never have been able to achieve on my own. Depp and Hurley absolutely embody the essence of Keith Richards and add such a wonderful, yet appropriately subtle dynamic to Keith's endearing, dry sense of humor. The only thing that threw me off for a minute was the occasional alternating first person, but once I caught on to it, it was a much appreciated addition to the narrative that further added to the richness of this title. I highly recommend "Life"!
"Life" is a great recounting of the early years of rock'n'roll and, of course, of the Rolling Stones. Narrators Depp and Hurley are engaging, although the dramatic differences in delivery is slightly annoying.
loved every minute of it. I always chose to believe the author is giving me his best recollection of events as they remember them whenever I read a memoir and that was how I went into this and i flew through it. really gives you and understanding of his world and helps differentiate the Keith Richards of the rolling stones and the real Keith Richards few people probably ever really get to see.
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?"
Yes. Loved the story. Keith Richards is a genius in song and life.
No. This was terrible. Johnny Depp ok but boring. Joe Hurley horrible. I thought it greatly detracted from the brilliant prose.
My first disappointing Audible book from the viewpoint of readers after more than 60 books.
This is not the type of book I ususally read, but is why I choose to try it. The voices did fit the book though I thought the readers could have put a little more expression into what they read. I found myself putting the speed at 1 1/2 or 2 just because it was so slow. The slowness did fit the attitude of the book, but I just wanted to get through it faster.
Glad I read it I guess since it did show just what a tough life superstars go through to get to the fame we take for granted. Wonder how his path would have worked with the same talent but less sex and drugs? That was the age, I know, but it was quite overwhelming to me how many escapes they had from serious jail time and death!
Not my kind of book, but feel it did a very good job of showing me part of a real world I never experienced or chose to be in then or now. Also, this was the first autobiography I have listened to while on Audible.
I am a D-Bag.
This is a mixed review. The story ranges from great to a how to make music. Not being real knowledgable about the rolling stones other then their music I came to this book with an open mind. I knew Mic Jagger and heard of Keith but I didn't know squat about them really. I dug Wild Horses and some of the music I had heard on the Radio but i wasn't a big fan. The story is well written and the tone is raw and gritty something I like. Problem is I dont like keith very well he spends most of the book blaming the police and government for his problems and it was his drug use that brought the heat on him. Its hard to feel for a guy who breaks the law dailey. Then there is his horrific parenting (which he blames on the laws pressure on him) which makes me really hate him. This guy is a whiner and on top of that a real ego manic who blames Jagger for very thing else. When you read between the lines any one can see that it is his jealousy and insecurity that causes the tension in the RS.
Anyway Depp does a great job reading as does the guy who reads most of the book in between Deeps passages. The problem is again Richards who reads the last hour or so. You can barely understand him as he rambles on about dogs, turtles, and crocs in mud puddles. The last hour, both the performance and story leaves me saying " What the hell?"
Anyway its well worth the credit to the layman and I'd bet a real Stones fan would love this.
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.
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