Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Life: Keith Richards
 
 

Life: Keith Richards [Kindle Edition]

Keith Richards
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £5.99 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.00 (33%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Whispersync for Voice

Now you can switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible audiobook. Learn more or scan your Kindle library to find matching professional narration for the Kindle books you already own.

Add the professional narration of Life: Keith Richards for a reduced price of £7.49 after you buy this Kindle book.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.99  
Hardcover £18.22  
Paperback £8.18  
Audio, CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged £22.71  
Unknown Binding --  
Audio Download, Unabridged £14.85 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Description

Review

a masterpiece, the most sustained, colourful and rambunctious rampage through his [Keith's] 67 years imaginable (Mark Ellen THE WORD)

densely packed with incident ... immensely readable (Lynn Barber SUNDAY TIMES)

Funny, poignant, brutally honest, engagingly colloquial, Life is pure Keith Richards, as good a rock memoir as you are likely to read. (Sally Cousins SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

This is a good, gossipy read. But the best stuff is Keith on music. Check out his wonderful passage on Charlie Watt's drumming. (William Leith LONDON EVENING STANDARD)

Dark, honest and gleefully indiscreet from the first page to the last, it puts some of today's painfully dull musicians to shame. (SHORTLIST)

Once you begin this, wild, wild horses couldn't drag you away. (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT)

A hilarious, ribald and often shocking tale told elegantly and with much candidness. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

I was hooked from the start (Giles Deacon HARPER'S BAZAAR)

Life may be the best rock star autobiography ever. (CLASSIC ROCK)

A memoir so full of incident it feels like the author's lived three lives, not one. (SUNDAY TIMES)

The fact that Keith is still alive to tell the story is incredible. (Chris Tarrant THE SUNDAY EXPRESS S MAGAZINE 2012-12-02)

Review

a masterpiece, the most sustained, colourful and rambunctious rampage through his [Keith's] 67 years imaginable -- Mark Ellen THE WORD densely packed with incident ... immensely readable -- Lynn Barber SUNDAY TIMES Funny, poignant, brutally honest, engagingly colloquial, Life is pure Keith Richards, as good a rock memoir as you are likely to read. -- Sally Cousins SUNDAY TELEGRAPH This is a good, gossipy read. But the best stuff is Keith on music. Check out his wonderful passage on Charlie Watt's drumming. -- William Leith LONDON EVENING STANDARD Dark, honest and gleefully indiscreet from the first page to the last, it puts some of today's painfully dull musicians to shame. SHORTLIST Once you begin this, wild, wild horses couldn't drag you away. -- Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT A hilarious, ribald and often shocking tale told elegantly and with much candidness. CATHOLIC HERALD I was hooked from the start -- Giles Deacon HARPER'S BAZAAR Life may be the best rock star autobiography ever. CLASSIC ROCK A memoir so full of incident it feels like the author's lived three lives, not one. SUNDAY TIMES

Product details


More About the Author

Keith Richards was born in Dartford in 1943 and founded the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger in 1962. He lives in Connecticut.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A LIFE 14 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Life is the best rock biography I have ever read (though it is not a genre I often indulge since it is mostly moderate talents with big heads blowing their predictable trumpets). The quality of the writing is actually poor, sort of speech rhythms, but that's fine since you just hear Keef's voice drawling at you in its charming, amiable way.

His life is full of surprises; being unwittingly used as getaway driver for a jewellery heist when the Stones were already big, delicate and understanding about the women who mattered, badly bullied at school, great, bizarre drug stories (which could so easily have been a tedious staple in lesser hands) and always the wry observer of the wild world he moved through.

Perhaps predictably, what endears the most is the artist in the man. He loves the music. He is as big a fan as any hormonal teenager. It even starts to seem odd that the (brilliant, wonderful) Stones should be such a success since what we have here is a man who adores other musicians.

Despite his laconic swagger on stage, there is none of the expected arrogance. He spent days on end learning tiny little variations on chords just to play London pubs - that was the horizon of his initial vision of the Stones.

In the end this is a life-affirming book, brimming with artistic passion and never taking the pop world seriously. Like all great artists, Keef comes across as a true one-off, and a pleasure to listen to.
Was this review helpful to you?
239 of 261 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Keith Richards is in danger of becoming respectable, what with starring interviews on the Andrew Marr show, bit parts in Disney's "the Pirates of Caribbean" and an emerging status as national treasure. He has even received the ultimate accolade this week namely a vicious attack from the increasingly insane ex Trot and current bigot Peter Hitchens who blamed him for causing more damage than the Iraq War and described him as "a debauched, capering streak of living gristle who ought to be exhibited as a warning to the young of what drugs can do to you". As usual Hitchens couldn't be more wrong since after reading "Life" a electrifying autobiography ghost written with James Fox someone ought to work out the physiology of Richards since the man is clearly indestructible despite the most astounding chemical intake and even more remarkable he appears to going as strong as ever. The life of this man who founded the Rolling Stones, invented rock guitar, gave us "Honky Tonk Women", "Brown Sugar", the seminal "Exile on Main Street" and a host of other treasures is something we should warmly celebrate and not carp about.

Great rock autobiographies are a rare species but this book by Richards amounting 547 pages ranging from a drug bust in Fordyce, Arkansas to a quick final explanation that he did indeed snort his Dad's ashes (but in a very affectionate way!) and ending in the death of his dear old mum Doris is a very intimate, revealing, warts an all account of a fascinating life packed with brilliant photographs and stories to spare. Fox has captured his subject well and you can hear Richards voice loud and clear with its colourful language of "cats", his love of Shepherd's pie ("don't bust the crust") and roguish charm.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the old devil 28 Oct 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
There are bound to be many glowing reports from lifelong 'Stones fans who won't put up with any criticism or doubt. I'm no huge fan but you'd have to be pretty obtuse to deny the huge influence of the Rolling Stones and there are plenty of their tracks that I like and have done for years.
To be honest I didn't hold out much hope for this but must admit to being surprised at how well the reader is led along and at the candid way everything is laid bare including no few moments that don't exactly cover Mr. Richards in glory.
All the famous myths about him that have almost become urban legends are spoken about and quite a few lesser/ unknown ones too. He is very open about his myriad substances of choice and how they have influenced so much of his life. But these anecdotes aren't really what set this autobiography apart from any other. Rather it's the fascinating insights into his dynamic with the rest of the band, (often destructive and bitter but ultimately artistically productive and mellowed with age),.
There have been a lot of reviews that have tried to set this up as some sort of 'Keef against the world' type thing which frankly is rubbish. He has done pretty much whatever he wanted and although has nearly killed himself off all in all it seems to have been a bit of a blast. In all fairness he himself doesn't come across as someone either feeling hard done by nor as some sort of hero, (although many fans and peers would argue strongly that he is), but neither does he pretend to be 'just one of the lads'. His life has been well out of the ordinary and the events described in this book show just what a rollercoaster ride this man has chosen to be on and a sad look at those who left too early.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superstardom Sarf London Style 29 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's hard to judge this book. When I was thirteen my sister and I gravitated from Elvis and Cliff to the Beatles and the Stones, buying every LP as it was released. Later at University Beggars Banquet was played more than anything. Many years later I played Exile on Main Street solid for ten years, so much I can hardly listen to it now.

So I can't be objective, its like reading a book by my cousin. It's very very frank about relationships, about drugs, about occasional violence. There's a lot of stuff about musical technique, just like Miles Davis's autobiography, which it reminds me of. I don't understand most of this not being a guitarist, but the feel of these sections is great. It makes you want to get out all your John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed records.

The section about Brian Jones is revealing. This is actually the first book about the Stones I have read, so in comparison with the general familiarity from newspaper stories and rumours I had this is great, and Richards has an aura of telling the truth, by and large I would mostly buy what he's saying. There is also a very moving section about Gram Parsons, who seems to have been one of his closest musical associates and friends.

Earlier, all the stuff about his family is fabulous. Its worth tracking down the full length version of the Andrew Marr interview on BBCi incidentally, where Marr and Keith say his childhood was Dickensian which was exactly what was going through my head when I was reading about his wonderful family. His mother and his maternal grandfather were something else.

Some of the stuff about about the early sixties blues scene echoes what you can read in, say, a Pete Townshend biography I've read.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My teenage 'rock loving' son couldn't put this down and ...
My teenage 'rock loving' son couldn't put this down and could be heard laughing out loud as he read it now he keeps reminding me to read It. Will do soon.
Published 1 day ago by sandra walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brill.
Published 5 days ago by SRob
5.0 out of 5 stars Epicentre
Just like his music,this is a collaborative production- with an extremely accomplished co-writer..Just like the music,it's full-on entertainment from first to last. Read more
Published 5 days ago by William Thurgood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant read from Keef !
Published 14 days ago by Miu miu Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars great
'Twas a frolicking account of old Keeth , especially liked the was it was written and the no holes bared approach to his account of the stones
Published 15 days ago by Keith Richards
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
kinda interesting but went off on tangents for no aparent reasons...
Published 15 days ago by SammiLou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, he starts from early life not just ...
Great read, he starts from early life not just from when he became famous, which I found very interesting, and appears to hold nothing back, A fascinating insight into what its... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Vulcanalia
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read!
Although not a Stones fan as such I found this book to be a very good read and would recommend it.
Published 22 days ago by S. Cooling
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
gear book
Published 23 days ago by Ron Bristow
5.0 out of 5 stars good book.
Arrived quickly,good book.
Published 23 days ago by Mr. R. Speight
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
&quote;
Page 20 With Doris, Ramsgate, Kent, August 1945. &quote;
Highlighted by 69 Kindle users
&quote;
Friendship is a diminishing of distance between people. That’s what friendship is, and to me it’s one of the most important things in the world. &quote;
Highlighted by 46 Kindle users
&quote;
The beauty, the majesty of the five-string open G tuning for an electric guitar is that you’ve only got three notes—the other two are repetitions of each other an octave apart. It’s tuned GDGBD. &quote;
Highlighted by 36 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category