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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"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.
"A total joy"
I?m not a big Rolling Stones fan and Keith Richards hadn?t really featured large in my consciousness but I was thoroughly drawn in by this fabulous tale of a music and guitar fanatic who found himself in the middle of a cultural revolution with all of the excesses that that have made rock and rollers infamous ... although of course our Keef was the original trail-blazer. Despite his admitted drug abuse and wild life-style he?s a remarkably likeable figure and the story is extremely well written and littered with brilliant one-liners. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I thought Joe Hurley?s narration was fantastic and even better than the Johnny Depp early days. In fact I thought it was one of the best narrations I?ve ever heard and I've been raving about it to friends and colleagues.
"Keef - good. Johnny Depp - oh dear!"
I'm only a few hours into the book so far, but one thing is clear: somebody (somebody English) should have sat in on Johnny Depp's reading and bashed him about the head every time he said 'to-may-to' for tomato or 'rout' for route and, dear me, 'Wool-wich' for Woolwich. (Don't get me started on Islington). I know Keith Richards has an international voice now, but, even so....
Yes JD was great doing KR as Captain Jack Sparrow, but the Americanisms in the reading grate more than somewhat and could so easily have been eradicated.
Otherwise, the book is of interest to Stones fans and others alike - it turns out Keef is one day under a year older than me!
"Great Story but be warned!"
There's no doubt this is a fascinating tale and Richards writes well. However be warned that though Johnny Dep's name appears first he only reads the first few sections for a couple of hours and then we have a seriously bad hamming up Londoner slurring through the rest. You have to speed it up or you'd slit your wrists! Very disappointing audio version of a great book.
"Very honest, revealing and thoroughly interesting"
Just very very interesting and Joe Hurley's narration sounds exactly like you imagine Keef would.
Joe Hurley is brilliant, Johnny Depp not so good. I love Depp but he doesn't really fit here and sounds very bland compared to Hurley.
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