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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richards mentions his preference for cuddling so many times I began to get the idea that he must be awful in bed. He desires women the way children want puppies: to pet them. Good on his childhood but vague in his long-running glory days. Reading it is like shoveling smoke, with big names populating the haze. Clears up one mystery: why he's still alive after all those drugs. Although he assumes a self-congratulatory tone for his survival, it's clear that he's a volunteer in the drug army, not a draftee. He's not an addict and really can quit anytime he wants to endure the withdrawal. Best part of the book is his take on the music, although there's not enough of that. He's Duct-tape DIY to Mick Jagger's royalty. For Stones' fans, worth reading.
very hum drum and boring compared to other autobiography's in this genre.
Johnny Depp did a fine job but he should have read the entire book. Changing narrators was off putting.
Some interesting bits of information and not entirely worthless. I just expected more from one of Rocks founding fathers. I think I did almost as much interesting stuff or at least when i recount the story's for my friends, it sounds like I did.
A great artist is entitled to say to the world: judge my art, don't judge me. But if the artist writes an autobiography (or worse, pays someone to write an autobiography), he invites the world to judge not only the book, but its subject. I'd like to think that beneath the mumbling inscrutability is spark of something interesting. Not here. The two main influences in Keith Richards' life from adolescence foward have been smack and flattery. Assisting in the creation of this autobiography should have given him an opportunity to reflect on the effect that these have had on him, and the effect he has had on those around him. It would appear that Keith's only complaint about heroin addiction is that he had to spend time trying to find his next fix. He does not appear to have been aware that the houses and hotel rooms that are constantly breaking out into flame, or the cars that are constantly going off the road, might have created criminal risks to everyone around him, including his infant son and daughter. Keith actually thinks it is cute that he taught 10 year old Marlon to warn him when they were driving up to international borders so Keith could shoot up before going through customs. Granted, it does appear that Keith's most productive period coincided with his greatest drug use. Then there are Keith's sophmoric rants about everyone in the Stones except Charlie. After all these years, you would think that Keith could think of something charitable -- or just not bitchy -- about Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, or Brian Jones. Bill gets almost no mention, Mick Taylor gets half-hearted praise, and Brian gets bitch slapped. Keith saves his worst for Mick Jagger. No doubt Mick has begun to believe his own myth, but so has Keith. Real pirates did not have pirates of high priced lawyers. Real tough guys don't get minders to fight their battles.
When then three stars? The book does its task of revealing Keith, as Keith would like himself to be revealed.
This book is ruined by having an American narrator. It gives no sense of atmosphere. Keith Richards is so famous, to use a narrator whose voice is so disconnected from the material is distracting and ultimately a failure. First and last audiobook.
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