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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"[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)
Nazariy B. Telyuk
Lived this book, listened to it twice in less than a year time. Keith Richards is awesome, great storyline, a lot of interesting and funny stories in here.
The performance of the narrators was the cherry on top of this absolutely brilliant, hilarious, and completely fulfilling biography. Ready to listen to it again!
Yes and No. Yes for the content and the narration by Johnny Depp, but Jame's Fox's reading is SO slow and SO slurred that it really makes it painful to listen to. I realize he was trying to stay in character, but there is a reason why we didn't want Keith Richards to narrate this in the first place. Conversations with drunk, almost unintelliglbe people are always frustrating. James Fox's accent is also uneven. He drops out of character on 1 our of every 6 or 7 words. If you're going to pick and accent, NAIL the accent, otherwise don't do it at all.
Johnny Depp does a very good job as a narrator. I wish he would have read the whole thing.
James ffffooooxxxx spppeeaaakkkss vvvveeeeerrrrryyy slllloooowwwwwlllly. It will literally drive you insane. Ironically, the few times that he is reading another character, he is actually quite good. He just sucks at Keith Richards.
Just very frustrated at the narration.
The readers were AMAZING. Quite unexpected in a sense. I knew the stories would be wild, but they were very endearing and heartfelt with a generous dose of dry English humor to boot. Those offended by language need not take a listen, however all intimate escapades were handled quite decently.
Quite simply the best memoir I've ever read and written like a friend was talking to you.
It cannot be over emphasized how well Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley narrate Keith's gift.
And just for kicks maybe but well worth listening Keith himself narrates the last bit. I also really appreciated ;-) and it over small bits here and there of biographical recall to someone better suited than himself to report from the front lines. This included many other musicians friends and even his cranial doctor. What a wild ride thanks to Keith Richards and his co-biographer, James Fox, for delivering the goods.my guess is that it probably took four to five years off of Mr. Fox's life do the damn thing. I think it took one off mine just to hear it!
I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
Amazingly personal and strange look inside the world of Keith Richards. I liked the use of different voices and thought it added much to the story although in places it was a bit of s strange transition.
I was at the first Stones concert in the USA at Swing Auditorium and this is like looking behind the mirror to see what they saw.
It boggles the mind to hear heroin use as matter of fact and normal ' but the context is so relevant to the story that it fits right in.
This book is like sitting down for a really long chat with an old friend. It doesn't feel read, it feels relived.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great insight into the lives of the rich and famous, who somehow don't forget that they came from humble beginnings.
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.
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