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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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  • Katherine
  • Yarmouth, ME, United States
  • 04-04-11

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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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

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

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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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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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

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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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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Got to be a fan...

I am 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


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.