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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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    emily seattle, wa, United States 05-25-11
    emily seattle, wa, United States 05-25-11

    Emily

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    "Thank your lucky stars that KR is not your dad."

    I could tell right away that Malaguena was going to tie this whole thing together. This book served as a splendid review of so many top names in blues, and some of rock's top offerings too. The parts about post-war life in England were surprisingly enlightening. Also surprisingly enlightening were some of the insights into the creative processes of a certain breed of musician. And of course, the book clarifies just how much of a miracle it is that KR is still alive.

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    Stephen Chicago, IL, United States 04-22-11
    Stephen Chicago, IL, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Its Keith - nuff said -"

    Production quality is top notch and Joe Hurley actually nails the role better than Depp. When Keith reads its a little rough but "its Keith" what do you expect;

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    Jebo from Cali 04-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Man Loves His Friends and His Music"

    This book surprised me. Frank and detailed, whether about relationship or music or the constant addictions and substance abuse. Through it all, Keith's creativity, insights, and most of all his love of music was like a solid center around which all else rotated. He is not a cardboard rock and roller but someone genuinely interested in music for its own sake with a heavily principled strong and opinionated backdrop for doing what is right, for his friends and for the music.


    This book had me running every chapter or two to download a new song. Some Rolling Stones yes, but also everything from Everly Brothers to George Jones. His description of the 5 string open tuning had me dusting off my own guitar to give open tuning a try. In short, this is impactful stuff here.


    For me, the constant fights with Mick the other Glimmer twin and the constant addictions were a bit of a put off. The first were interesting but after 20 instances of this are described, my interest waned. In between that though would come these amazing insights like playing with Chuck Berry or descriptions of the recording sessions in an amazing variety of locations. Great stuff overall.


    Final Note => Description of recording Jumpin Jack Flash by using acoustic guitar played through overamped cassette deck with Charlie Waters on small suitcase drum set => brilliant.

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    Rod Morgan 04-06-11
    Rod Morgan 04-06-11 Member Since 2010

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    "He IS from the Sixties and he DOES remember"


    A round-robin of six narrators tackles a surprisingly thoughtful, evocative and detailed memoir. Richards hides little and neither excuses nor apologizes while going through stories that are occasionally off-putting but richly revealed. There is no preparing for this one and it's certainly not for everyone, but the scope and the clarity of the book surprised me very much. For those of us who remember every track of every album, this is a most welcome look back. For others, this is one of the least sentimental overviews of the '60s and '70s you're likely to find.

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    Katherine Yarmouth, ME, United States 04-04-11
    Katherine Yarmouth, ME, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "good insights into Richards, narration uneven"

    enjoyed learning more about the craft of writing a song, and know it will increase my enjoyment in listening to some of my stones favorites. Richards comes across as honest and depicts addictions without self pity or apology. The depth of his love for music and the craft behind it was particularly interesting. A great book for anyone you know who is into music. I agree the narration by Hurley was not good--Depp may have been a bit "over the top" but I found it kept my attention whereas Hurly's narration was too flat and literally could put me to sleep. Book could have used editing, but overall if you like the Stones--Richards takes you on a great ride.

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    Geoffrey M Riley 03-28-11
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    "Depp is great but why only part of it?"

    Great book. Depp is fantastic, but I wish I knew he only does part of it. I would have opted to read the book instead of listening to it.

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    Patricia Kenosha, WI, United States 03-18-11
    Patricia Kenosha, WI, United States 03-18-11
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    "Difficult to listen to..."

    Although the story itself was compelling, the poor writing with redundancies throughout coupled with the changing voice of the narrator made it difficult to get through.

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    Bethany apo, AP, United States 03-12-11
    Bethany apo, AP, United States 03-12-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!!"

    Great stories!! Loved the narrators, however I would have preferred if they stuck with one narrator throughout the book rather than switching back and forth.

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    ddub 03-11-11
    ddub 03-11-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Amazing story - less amazing narration"

    While KR's Life is a story very much worth listening to, the split narration is a bit distracting. Nevertheless, Joe Hurley's reading was energetic, superb, and more like telling a story that he actually lived.

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    philippe 03-09-11
    philippe 03-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "worth the while"

    one can almost assume that keith is sitting in front of you sipping an expresso, for the narration is so vivid.

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