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)
You will like this book. The work it took for Keith to become one the top guitarist is detailed. The background of how many of their great songs were born and then there is the crazy life and you wonder how he survived.
I have always liked the Rolling Stones, but never appreciated them the way I should have ... this autobiography made me go back and listen again to the music. Keith Richards is far more articulate than he should be given his years of drug abuse, all of which is recounted candidly and without regret. I admire his honesty even if I couldn't make the same choices that he did.
The narration was confusing -- starting with Johnny Depp and then suddenly switching to another reader, before returning to Johnny and ultimately finishing with Keith's own voice. Johnny Depp's recording was a bit stilted, but easy to follow, however.
I think this could have been half as long. I was surprised to find myself fast forwarding at various points. As a Stones fan, I'm familiar with the lore and have heard some these anecdotes before. I could do without the insane amount of detail he goes into at some points on subjects that don't require it. At one point he emphasizes ten or fifteen times that the cocaine and heroin he was doing was "Pharmaceutical grade man" - I mean - he's really proud that his drugs were absolutely top of the line. Good for RS or Keith fans, but if you're not into sex, drugs and rock and roll - better skip this one.
I'm about 12 hours in to Keith Richard's "Life", and have found the writing -- really storytelling -- and the narration to be fantastic. Even the music lesson -- guitar chords and all -- were entertaining to a non-musician. If you grew up with the Stones, this is a must-have listen. Need to get out on another road trip to finish this one soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Semi retired CPA, Sarah's mom, corgi mom, avid traveler, political junkie, somewhere north of ATL
The best, by the best......read it and weep! Every guys hero and every girls fantasy!
No apologies, no regrets.
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