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)
Very in-depth 1st hand account of Keith's life.
Knowing where, when and how he was raised you can tell why the music sounds the way it does. Keiths playing is very raw (yet awesome) and uncontrolled at points. Very similar to where he came from.
Joe Hurley's performance was stellar. Sometimes I thought I was listening to Keith Richards. He is a natural as a narrator. Just great.
Just the fact that he hung with all the old blues cats in his formidable years. I also feel like "he got it" when it came to the blues.
This book made me appreciate his contribution to music and him as a musician more than I already did.
The first chapter is one of the funniest I've ever read and brought back the edgy times of the drug imbibing counter culture bursting out like a viral fungus across our nation, setting red necks and straight necks against hippies. A time in history when Tricky Dick declared the Rolling Stones the most DANGEROUS ROCK BAND IN THE WORLD and banned them from America. Oh course anyone getting that much attention for being contrary to the establishment at that time had my vote for Rock Gods.
The early years part of the book drags on a bit, unless of course you have it on audio book like I did and are weeding your strawberry patch, then its a nice distraction from the job at hand. But once you get past that it's a great read about a great ride with a number of amazing insights from the guy with his hands on the wheel.
An Excellent Story!
Keith --he showed great heart.
Liked when they used the Cockney accent
I came into adulthood during the 70's. Of course I knew of the Stones but I never would say I loved or followed their music.
This was just a great story about someone who helped define the times of my life. It was of course an interesting and varied story. And surprisingly...I fell in love with Keith...
The shift of narrators through the book proved to be very enjoyable -- particularly the last hour of the book.
An honest portrayal of the best and worst of being a modern legend -- a totally unexpected experience
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I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Having been familiar with just a few hits from the Rolling Stones, I didn't realize just how little I really knew about the band and all they went through... I learned a lot about Keith, the Stones and what went on behind the scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone with even a mild liking of Stones music. It's a fun peek into the music making world of the past, and a great story of stupid choices, dumb luck, and astounding perseverance.
The book was honest and from the heart. Keith Richards told his story and it was fascinating.
I really was engrossed in the book. I didn't want it to end.
It was difficult to make the transition between the performances. They were both done well. I found joe Hurley's performance more believable.
Probably 'for the love of music' and ' sex, drugs, and rock and roll".
This book is for anyone who grew up in the sixties. It helped make sense out of an era that was confusing. He brought the world together, in a way that I haven't read before. Simply put I loved it.
It ranks up with the best audiobooks, its an interesting story and since I love Keith Richards it makes it one of my fave books!
Keith Richard reading and his honesty and his wonderful sense of humour
To be honest, I really am not getting that much from Johnny Depp (which is a surprise since I really like him) or Joe Hurley. I think Keith Richards reads his story the best, his laugh and raspy voice brings a new dimension to the book!!!
No, crying, I laughed a bit. But what I love about it is the honesty, not glamming it up, but just telling it like it is. Its almost like KR is in the room with me and talking about his life
I've been a Rolling Stones fan since the mid-70s and so was familiar with their history, but it was great to hear it from the man himself. Keith Richards is everything you would expect and also nothing like what you expect -- he has lived the ultimate Rock life and taken all the drugs and lived as a touring pirate, but he is also a thoughtful, intelligent, well-read and impressively disciplined man at the same time. What emerges more than anything is a guy who fell in love with music (American blues and early rock-and-roll) and who seems to have never fallen out of love with it. He takes the entire Rolling Stones experience extremely seriously, from the songwriting to the sound to the touring to the relationships with his bandmates. It was fascinating to hear how the band came together, how Keith, Brian and Mick lived together in poverty and squalor, yet how their rise to fame was pretty rapid. Keith writes at length about how he and Mick emerged as an impressive songwriting team, and how Keith later discovered open-G tuning, which helped the Stones sound like no other band. He has some great insights on Mick, too; he lavishes Jagger with praise over the man's talents as a singer, performer, harmonica player and band spokesman, and also complains about Jagger's personality quirks that have led to divisions between the two men, and in the band overall. By the end, Richards seems to have buried the hatchet and also appears as a settled old man who enjoys the small things in life like family and the odd plate of bangers and mash (even though he lives in Connecticut, of all places).
The narration is very strange, almost as if the publishers had to patch together the voice talent. Johnny Depp narrates the first 25% or so of the book and is quite good. Then, abruptly, Joe Hurley takes over, giving the book a very British, actorly feel (Hurley is almost imitating Richards' slurry, rock star voice). It was alright, I guess. Finally, near the last 25% of the book, Depp comes back! And then, near the very end of the book, another voice takes over, and then on top of that there is another celebrity reader! I won't spoil it, but it makes for a very fun conclusion, so keep listening to the whole thing.
I highly recommend Life for anyone who's a fan of the Stones, rock history, the British invasion, or pop culture in general. It's a remarkable look at an entire era.
Better than most and I am only halfway through it.
Keith....I mean duh it's an autobiography
Again...autobiography. Both were excellent
Nostalgic....about the past. In love with young Keith Richards...but then I was gorgous too back then. =)
I don't read many autobiographies, but this one had such great reviews, that I couldn't resist. It was worth the many hours as an audiobook to hear Keith Richards telling the stories of his life, which has been a wild ride. Being born in the 80's, there are only so many documentaries that you can watch on the 60's that will give you a grasp of the reality of the times. This book was far better than any documentary in its ability to set cultural contexts for the state of the US at a time when war, race relations, sexual revolution and art were all evolving and changing our country forever. This first person account is long, but enjoyable, even if you aren't a Stones fan.
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