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Life Audiobook

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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    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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    K. Wing Redlands, CA United States 03-07-11
    K. Wing Redlands, CA United States 03-07-11

    I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.

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    "A good book, but.."

    This book was pretty good, but certainly not great. It's too bad so much of Keith Richard's life revolved around drugs.

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    Michael NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-05-11
    Michael NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved every minute!"

    I could just keep listening to Keith's tales forever. This book was awesome! It's a little confusing when Johnny D switches to Joe Hurley without warning but they both do an amazing job ... especially Joe.

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    Odim 03-04-11
    Odim 03-04-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Got to be a fan..."

    I am sorry...you got to be a die hard Stone's fan to like this one...

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    victoria coronado, CA, United States 03-01-11
    victoria coronado, CA, United States 03-01-11 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic!"

    Couldn't stop listening! Well written, GREAT narration, unbelievable story of Keith's life. Things you'd never expect from him gave me even more respect for his accomplishments. Felt like I was learning about and being a part of a friend's life. WELL DONE, A MUST.

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-25-11
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-25-11 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "One sided view of a long career"

    Well done. But this is a one sided view of the Stones. Staying stoned for most of the Stones' career and then being pissed that Mick basically took over the running of the show seems to be the ending thought. I would have thought that Keith would have been a bit more grateful that Mick kept it going so Keith could have the money to stay stoned. Then again it might have been a disfavor in a sense. But the Stones separately don't do well. They have to be together to be prolific. Interesting stuff about guitar riffs though.

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    jennifer hamilton, Ontario, Canada 02-21-11
    jennifer hamilton, Ontario, Canada 02-21-11
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    "boring"

    couldn't get thru it. sorry folks thought it would be better. I found it torturous to listen to and so so boring. I returned to it several times thinking eventually it would get better but still only about halfway thru it and no desire to advance further

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    Ried Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-21-11
    Ried Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    "best audio book ever!"

    Simply the best narrated book I've ever listened too. Very interesting and engaging. And don't do heroin.

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    Larry Poulsbo, WA, United States 02-20-11
    Larry Poulsbo, WA, United States 02-20-11
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    "Life is facinating, Depp not so much"

    This is a much more comprehensive look at Keith's life than I had expected. It's like reliving a favorite part of my life and finally being given a backstage pass to see what I had only imagined was going on with those celebrities I had envied from a distance. It makes me want to go back and (and I will) listen to the songs with a whole new appreciation. It definitely has changed my perspective on Keith, who I had viewed as a burnt out, cigarette-smoking zombie of a guitar player who was lucky to be a part of the Stones (much less still alive.)

    Turns out he's a pretty intelligent guy, with an incredible dedication to his music and has been a major contributor to writing most of the hits.

    I was disappointed with Johnny Depp's narration. He does a great job with accents for other people at various points, but most of his narration is done in a lifeless monotone that sounds nothing like Keith Richards and takes the life out of the words. The narration improves dramatically when the narrator (Depp or someone else) switches to a Keith Richards imitation.

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    mary los angeles, CA, United States 02-17-11
    mary los angeles, CA, United States 02-17-11
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    "an amazing Life"

    I could listen to some of these stories again and again, they are enormously entertaining and reveal Richards as a sincere individual, devoted first and foremost to his music, his mates and his family. Listening to the behind the scenes realities of events that led to some of the most culturally exciting moments in rock and roll, is worth the listen alone. Richards reveals much from his early life and career and his consistent devotion to blues and roots music serves as a touch stone through out this charmed life. You will never listen to a Stones song in the same way- it will become richer with knowing the moments that surrounded that songs creation and recording. I am now even more aware of the astonishing talents that created a rock and roll legend having shared the personal highs and lows of an amazing life.

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