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3.0 out of 5 stars The new Thomas de Quincey, 28 May 2011
This review is from: Life: Keith Richards (Hardcover)
My previous experience of pop biographies gave me low expectations of this genre of literature. I began reading with the intention of giving up as soon as I got bored. However I managed to finish the book which proved to be quite readable and well written on the whole apart from the last couple of hundred pages which were mainly lists of names of all the amazing wonderful people KR has met. But the first two thirds of this bio was much better with lots of information about the early days of the Rolling Stones. To be critical I would have liked to know what KR thought about the music of the other great bands of the 60s and 70s but there was very little on this. It would also have been interesting to read some self-criticism of his parenting skills - he took his son Marlon on tour with him at the age of 7 and Marlon witnessed the whole drug scenario. Was that a good upbringing? How did Marlon turn out in the end? Those questions don't really get answers. On the whole it's a good read but not worth more than 3 stars.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2012 13:31:43 BDT
harriet says:
Well Marlon said he got four 'A' Levels - so I guess that answers your question on how he coped but I do agree with you about the beginning of the book being much more interesting than the rest . I particularly thought his account of his childhood days in Dartford and the early days of the Stones and memories of Brian were the best bits for me
so well retold almost thought I was actually there - really interesting - the rest- too many names for me almost as if he was gearing it to the musicians who were going to read the book ....got the feeling he didn't want to miss anyone out...so yeah - preferred the first half than to the second.

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 06:33:59 BDT
Thanks You're right. It does seem that Marlon (Father's Little Helper) survived his unconventional childhood - it couldn't really have been anything else with KR as dad and the brilliant but unbalanced Anita Pallenberg as mum - to become a successful and well-adjusted adult.

I agree, the second part of the book seemed to have been written purely so that none of his mates felt left out: which is an excellent way of disengaging the ordinary reader.

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Last edited by the author on 24 Jun 2012 08:22:19 BDT
harriet says:
You ' re quite right but remember......KEEP IT DARK LOL! - Just thought I should come back and explain this comment
to anyone who doesn't know what I mean by it....this was said to the young k.R after his first playground kiss!
I think that's absolutely priceless - never fails to make me laugh!

Posted on 10 Nov 2012 10:29:51 GMT
Nota says:
Hi - I've just finished the KR book. About the boy Marlon - I agree with a lot of your comments, but it seems KR's son Marlon has turned out to be pretty well adjusted. [He also is quited in the book, and sounds pretty sane.] He is, it seems, pursuing a career in "the business" as is often the case with rock star dynasties. I agree he should have been protected from witnessing the extremes of drug abuse by both parents - could he not also have lived with Granny? His siter Angela weems to have been more protected. Maybe he hd to grow up too soon, as Keith seems to admit. - Otherwise too - I really enjoyed the book [I was a keen fan in my youth, too] - give it 4-5 stars.
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