With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done.
Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero. Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Woman'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, Exile on Main Street and Some Girls. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family, and the road that goes on for ever.
In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richard brings us the essential life story of our times.
©2010 Keith Richards (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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To look at the life of Keith Richards; Rock Star, travelling the world, lost friends, Altamont, drug addictions, women throwing themselves at him, you'd be hard pushed to make any part of it boring; But somehow, 'Keef' has done just that. I don't know how, but this book is dull;
He spends pages waxing lyrical about how important he and the band have been to modern music, and then skirts over them demoting their keyboard player to roadie because he wasn't photogenic enough. The prose is made harder to slog through by the usually-reliable Mr Depp's wooden reading.
I've only made it as far as the end of the first section, when world fame is gathering apace whilst the band tours the USA, but I'm bored rigid. Such a wasted opportunity.
"Fun ride with good ole' Keith and Johnny"
It must be one of the most pleasant audio books ever, I must admit.
You listen to Johnny Depp's reading and to Keith Richards intros and you think: Man, this is worthwhile indeed. Very pleasant and entertaining experience. Both thumbs way up!
"Excellent & recomended"
Although I am a keen music fan (and have seen the Stones twice) I was not a particular Keef fan until I listened to this recording which I enjoyed thouroughly. KR is clearly an intelligent, dedicated musician who has lived life to the full. I enjoyed the change of reader and especially KR himself reading the last section. His tale is fascinating, funny, scary, realistic and very elightening. Yes there a long stories about his drug taking but there are also many insights into the workings of a band, the personalities, what life is like as a so called ikon and much else besides. I liked the man and now listen to the Stones and his solo music with a great deal more interest.
"This truth is truly stranger than fiction"
This book should be experienced as an audiobook for its full brilliance. It is like settling down to a postprandial fug of cigar smoke and brandy in a Rangoon bar. Johnny Depp sets the Charles Marlow scene before handing over to the minstrel Keith Richards to regale with the tales of his inimitable life. I found his voice perfect to tell his tales complete with sardonic laugh. The drug years are there of course but dealt with sensitively, never gratuitously or over glorified. They were a fact of life in the 60s and 70s, as now, and Keith explains how they were just a tool of the trade keeping a happy balance enabling 9 sleepless days and nights to produce some of the best rock and roll ever made. There is much humour and insight on incidents such as the most famous Mars Bar in history, Marianne Faithful and the Redlands bust. There is also the Richard's simple Philosophy on life from one of its most entertaining characters. Its either the s**t or not the s**t. Keith, as far as I can tell, is honest, real and by and large a nice bloke and one I would like to have a pint with. This is the next best thing and the closest I will ever get. I listened to it while walking the dog. I now have a thin dog. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who likes a true story from an entertaining storyteller.
Long live Rock n Roll - Long live Keith Richards.
not the best, his voice drove me crazy, it's him talking about the amount of drugs he did and ugh sounds like hearing one of my college school mates bragging about their weekend. just wouldn't recommend it.
"Dull dull dull"
Boring drug talk from a guitar genius. Apparently the wild life has left Keith's photographic memory quite unscathed !!! Shame really.
"Life (Unabridged) - Keith Richards"
Fantastic warts and all account - Johnney Depp as the narrator is first class.
If you can remember walking to school as a kid, day dreaming about buying a guitar, starting a band, writing songs, doing gigs, touring, getting laid and having wild rock and roll parties, then this book is for you. Keith Richards did it for all the rest of us who went out and got sensible, boring jobs. Wonderful!
If you're a Stones fan (which I am), and in particular a fan of Keef (which I am), then you won't need any encouragement to listen to this revealing insight into the mind and mindset of the iconic Mr Richards. One is left wondering what Mick Jagger's take would be -- probably to describe the infuriating and endless struggle to work with a drug-addled, cantankerous egoist throughout the 1970s.
But you've got to love Keith, his passion, his originality, his brilliance and even his honesty in this technicolour carnival of an autobiography.
Johnny Depp (bless him) and even Joe Hurley both need to learn how to pronounce English place names (Southwark becomes South walk, Wisbech is Wisbeck etc), but the errors are no more than a minor irritant. This book made me revisit Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street and Beggar's Banquet, much to my delight.
"A Great Insight"
Having read several reviews slating the narrators of the book I was a little sceptical of the book but I was pleasantly surprised.
Firstly, let?s clear up the Johnny Depp sections. He does the early years and most of the later years and the bit he doesn?t cover is the period of time Richards is abusing and then addicted to drugs and clearly Depp or his people did want him doing drug references, fair enough.
Joe Hurley can grate a little but not enough to stop me enjoying the book.
The book itself is a fascinating insight into this truly gifted but flawed artist and he is remarkably frank about things he has got right and hugely wrong in his life.
I would recommend it to any Stones lover but also any music lovers because this man has influenced pop music for over 50 years, also hear who influenced him.
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