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Life

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Keith Richards (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    John Royse City, TX, United States 11-21-11
    John Royse City, TX, United States 11-21-11
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    "Interesting, revealing, long winded, whose memory?"

    Having been much more of a Rollin' Stones fan than Beetles, I was still surprised and, in the beginning, impressed by this rambling saga of dedication to his art and self indulgence and sense of importance. I had never had thought of Keith Richards as all that important to the WRITING of the sound of the Stones as he was to the aura of that sound. According to him, though, he apparently had quite a lot of input to some of their most legendary music.

    But the story goes on and on and on. Actually, I never finished the third volume. It is the same story over and over and over, just different places and, sometimes, different players. And I got tired of having to figure out who the narrator was supposed to be: Keith, his son, an observer--it is all three at different times.

    But how real--or accurate--are these stories from those days? Having done as much as I could to uphold the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock'n-Roll image of my generation during those years, I couldn't begin to come up with the type of detailed memories from that era that Richards relates all through-out this book. And, as much as I indulged, I'm pretty sure Richards surpassed my efforts!

    You could hardly be a Rollin' Stone and not be full of yourself. Hate 'em or love 'em, look at what that handful of poor kids did to the music world! I am truly touched by what I learned about Keith Richards from the first volume. But I can't get past who Keith Richards has become and what he represents now: an old man still trying to live in the youth of his era by robbing the youth of young girls (not women) now, two eras later.

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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 11-13-11
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Listen if you are a Stones Fan"

    I really enjoyed this book. Could have been cut down in parts, Kieth get a little long winded but overall really enjoyed the stories. I'm not sure if you are not familiar or interested in the Rolling Stones this is anything you would want to tackle.

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    Gary 09-25-11
    Gary 09-25-11
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    "Great insight, boring and long as heck"

    There were pieces within here that are priceless. But it drones on, and the changing in narrators was strange. There was "too much" of the author's likeness in the narration.
    The droning wore me down. I had to break for a week and come back for 4 or 5 hours, then break away again.

    Some of the stories are magical - fantastic to listen to.
    I wish the production and narration, plus the length, were more appropriate.

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    Nora Bronx, NY, United States 09-21-11
    Nora Bronx, NY, United States 09-21-11
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    "Coolest man on earth"

    Worth every second. Keith is, as I always knew, the coolest man on earth. He's the level head of the Stones, addictions and all.

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    Bourassa Jr. Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-20-11
    Bourassa Jr. Brooklyn, NY, United States 09-20-11
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    "gold & lead"

    Johnny Depp reads the first four chapters, about five hours, and for my money it's five hours of gold. It has that Depp hush, as if he's confiding to you. He has a love for the story, the words, the rock roots background, and his voice is simple and earnest. He isn't a pro at this gig. Sometimes he slips into vaguely Raoul Duke territory. Times he can't decide if he's doing Richards' voice or his own. But he's sincere. Honest. It's not a con.

    At chapter five Joe Hurley takes over. His reading has me running for the door. It's tin at first but turns to lead. Artificial. A theatrical thing. I am no longer listening to an intimate yarn spun over a bottle of bourbon. I'm listening to a cartoon caricature. It's for anyone seeking the Keith Richards Geek Show. Dance monkey, dance. The same words, but they sound like bs.

    And that's a shame. They're good words. I've never been a particular Stones fan but Keith Richards writes with a ramshackle earnestness that's infective. His love for music is not faked, couldn't be. He has you running every five minutes to dig up recordings by Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed. He has you listening to those old Elvis Presley & Sam Phillips records with different ears. He opens a corridor between the poor black south and a shellshocked postwar England. It's genuine stuff. He's a bandleader: he gets you pumped.

    Don't know that I'll be able to finish listening. I may just buy the book. Those first five hours. I feel like they belong in the same company as Jim Norton's ULYSSES, performance-wise, or at least halfway there from Bob Evans' THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE. Quirky spoken gold. It's a helluva drop when it comes.

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    shah 09-06-11
    shah 09-06-11
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    "Great content...just a bit too long"

    I'm not a stones fan, but was interested in this book to hear about the history of one of rock's great bands. quite an interesting listen, but in the end it was just too long for me to endure...

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    Peter Corte Madera, CA, United States 08-21-11
    Peter Corte Madera, CA, United States 08-21-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Much better than I thought it would be."

    Much better than I thought it would be. Very interesting for musicians and any one who survived the '60s and '70s.

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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-11
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Too much of the same over and over and over"

    I wanted to like this way more than I did. He just romanticized the use of hard drugs way too much for me to be comfortable with.

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    Dolly Chilliwack, BC, Canada 07-24-11
    Dolly Chilliwack, BC, Canada 07-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was one of the best memoirs I have ever read.

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    Jim 07-23-11
    Jim 07-23-11
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    "Life is good"

    I've listened to this book 3 times now. You don't have to be a big fan of Keef's or the bands to enjoy this insightful memoir. If you are (and who isn't?) you'll listen to it over and over. No punches pulled, no glossing over of dark times. Touching and funny as hell. Nothing to not like about this story, told by one of the true giants of rock. Talk about been there, done that.

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