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)
Best audio book I have heard so far. Wonderful narration of a very interesting story. Loved listening to every minute of it.
Once through is enough to get it--it's not literature; it's more tabloid. Could have been a bit shorter, especially in the last third. Still, I liked it. How on earth did he live through all that?
ANY part of the book that lingers on the music itself: KR's feelings for it, his devotion to it, his dissection of the one-note drone blues pieces that mesmerized him, his discovery of the 5-string open tuning on the guitar. . .on and on. . .the process of songwriting, the very beginning of the band. . . . All this alone is worth the price.
Hurley was little over-the-top but entertaining in a way Johnny Depp was not--but both brought good narration. You have to give yourself over to what this is--a show, in effect.
Who knew that towards the end Keith would share some kitchen food-prep secrets?? That's all I'll say on that! One thing is clear: he is a genius and was born to be who he is--I enjoyed the book.
He loves music, he was an addict. Yep, just what I thought. It was interesting to hear some of the detailed stories of Richards' life, but towards the end, I just wanted him to get on with it already. My heart went out to the children, because they were born into the madness without a choice. Very selfish to share that with someone who can't be in charge of their own decisions, so I found myself being judgemental because of that.
This is an excellent autobiography. It's read perfectly and appropriately by Joe Hurley and Johhny Depp, who aim to sound like Keith might, and a little bit of Keith. He sounds drunk when reading, but I bet he sounds like that sober or not. He shares a lot about his ups and downs and comes across as very honest. It was interesting to hear about song-writing with Mic and about the times when they seemed to be finished together. Keith comes across as larger than I thought he was for the band. He is the John Lennon. Some people have commented to me about the time he spends on guitar playing and riffs, but I found that interesting even though I can't play a note. This book is much, much better than I expected and I hope he writes another.
Loved everything about this book. I am nearly finished and I am savoring the last few hours. Contrary to what some other reviewers have felt about the narration......I think it is perfect.
The reader brought the story to
Johnny Depp as Keith Richards was great
when keith and his mom interacted
Very interesting and entertaining story with a great performance by Joe Hurley. Johnny Depp was a great addition as well, too bad he didn't narrate the entire book.
Too many to name just a single moment.
It's only rock-n-roll, but I like it!
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.
Nice insight into the old days of Keith and Mick. Puts together a lot of pieces of musical history.
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