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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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Roll With it

LOVED IT.. I wish Keef had narrated the whole thing.. the last part where it is his voice is not only genuine.. but hysterically funny. the man has an incredible sense of humor..Loved the book.. love the Stones.. and Happy Birthday Keef ( dec 18) may you live forever!.. but how you have gotten this far is a mystery! LOl

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  • ny, NY, United States
  • 12-24-10


too bad Johnny Depp did not narrate the entire book drug taking details too graphic....loved it otherwise.

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 12-20-10

Johnny Depp is awful.

As I was reading this book, I kept asking myself how much longer do I need to keep listening to Depp's voice. If you can get through the first 2-3 hours, the book starts to get good when Richards' start talking about music. After that, you can get over Depp's voice. Depp only narrates the first 3 hours of the book and about another hour toward the end. The first part of the book is very interesting, how Keith Richards got into music and etc. The second half is a bit too long on his addiction. I found to be ongoing and wanted to know more about the band. The book could had been 3 - 4 hours shorter because Johnny Depp is not a reader. He doesn't have a pace or style at reading. Hurley was more enjoyable. I'm not.a fan of their music, but I respect Keith Richards and what he has done fr all upcoming artists and he is a good storyteller.

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  • David
  • Bellaire, TX, United States
  • 12-13-10

D. Martin

Great book! I am a big Rolling Stones fan and this book did not disappoint. I feel like I have been on tour with Keith Richards. The book readers were outstanding. After the book, I have a much better understanding of how this band stayed together for so many years. The book helps you appreciate the genius of Mr. Richards. At first the audiobook seemed long, but after you start it the time flies by. Thanks Keith you should be proud of this work.

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  • Linda
  • Greenville, SC, United States
  • 12-13-10

Seemingly Honest & Believeable

Johnny Depp is obiviously a big fan, he sounds just like Keith! I enjoyed this book. I found it to be much more honest and believeable than Eric Clapton's. More interesting than Jimmy Hendrix and Kurt Cobains biographies. Keith has lived a lot longer than Hendrix and maybe that's not entirely fair. Well worth the credit!

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The narration is fantastic.

I was excited to see Johnny Depp was reading this. And then it switched to Joe Hurley about a third of the way through and I was enthralled. Just as I was searching other books he's read, it switched back to Depp. But it's all well done.

Fantastic subject. Best suited for audio though.

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  • brent
  • prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 12-11-10

rock history gold

I loved this audio book. It was as if Keef was in the room with you. Narration was outstanding and to have Keith finish the last portion of the book was extra special. After I finished the book i'm sure i went through withdrawal.

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  • Tom
  • CAnaan, CT, United States
  • 12-10-10

Doesn't forget the music

Mr. Richards goes into fantastic detail about the music that influenced the early days of the rolling stones. If you want to know why he thinks a particular musician was worthy of emulation it is all clearly spelled out in this book. He is brutally candid about other members of the stones, in a way that probably reveals about as much as can be revealed about Mr. Richards himself. Some of it is flattering to his bandmates, some to himself and it is gratifying to hear.

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  • Helen
  • Huntsville, AL, United States
  • 12-07-10

What fun!

Ok, just in case you didn't know - Keith Richards has done a LOT of drugs, and he talks a lot about drugs in his memoir. The audiobook has 3 narrators - it starts with Keef reading the intro, then Johnny Depp reads 4 chapters, then Joe Hurley reads a few more chapters, Johnny Depp comes back for a while and then the last couple are read by Keith. Even with all the switching around, it is a pretty interesting listen. My favorite bits are when he is eloquent about the music and how it makes him feel, what he says about Charlie Watts, and the way he talks about the women he has been serious about. This was far more literate and witty than I thought it could possibly be. Fancy that.

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  • Arnold
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12-06-10

Great, honest, entertaining listen

Amazing life. Amazing that Keith is still alive. Johnny Depp does a great read, the other voices are very good. Keith does a good job.