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Gus and Me Hardcover – 9 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444011766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444011760
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.2 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richards has written an opus on a lifetime of brutal honesty, an all-encompassing account of what it's been like to be one of the coolest rock stars in the world. (THE ATLANTIC)

Electrifying... the intimate and moving story of one man's long strange trip over the decades, told in dead-on, visceral prose without any of the pretense, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits. (NEW YORK TIMES)

an absolute blast... mesmerizing. It is like being button-holed by a piratical ancient mariner with amazing tales to tell. But Life offers much more than vicarious thrills. It captures the true spirit of rock and roll... It also movingly captures Richards's extraordinary love of music...and perhaps more surprisingly, his manifest decency as a human being...how good is it that this hugely endearing rock and roll legend...is able to describe his extraordinary life with such honesty and panache. (Charles Spencer THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

a fascinating book; by turns appalling, rambling, hilarious and even surprisingly touching... Life is an important addition to rock literature, giving fresh insights into the working dynamic between Richards and Jagger... Life crackles with the authentic, likeable voice of a man who is not what you think (DAILY MAIL)

the very existence of this book is a marker against the ravages of time. It suggests Richards's memory is fresh in a way that his face isn't...funnier than Spinal Tap's reminiscences of their native Squatney... And he can be tender, too... There's a junkie-artist frankness throughout, coupled with a refusal to omit things: how he plays the guitar, how post-gig coupling works, and his recipe for bangers and mash (don't try it at home). (Tom Payne THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

one of the most honest, amusing, no-holds-barred rock biographies I have ever read... informative and often amusing with no excuses or false contrition... there is something for everyone here, even a particularly good recipe for bangers and mash. (Barry Miles NEW STATESMAN)

Entertaining...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)

He is not just a credit to Sidcup Art School; he is an inspiration to every London child who peeps a recorder or strums a guitar. I cannot think of another member of the British artistic, cultural or media world who has done so much or who has so widely penetrated the global consciousness. David Attenborough? Stephen Fry? He knocks them into a cocked hat... Arise Sir Keef, I say, and if there were any damn merit in it, he would have the Order of Merit, too. (Boris Johnson)

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A nostalgic look back at childhood days as the Rolling Stone star remembers his grandfather - a former big band player who encouraged his grandson to take up the guitar, in this charming picture book whimsically illustrated by Keith Richards' daughter and accompanied by a CD with additional guitar music from Keith.

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‘Gus & Me’ is freshly released story for children written by Keith Richards, member of mega popular rock band ‘The Rolling Stones’ – a story that will touch reader with warmth and emotions which emanates from its pages.

The book is illustrated by Keith daughter Theodora who precisely got her name after special person in author’s life - Theodore Augustus Dupree, called Gus – Keith grandfather. Theodora manages through her illustrations to evoke Keith childhood, not using too much detail in her drawings but still succeeding to skillfully set the scene in which action takes place.

For those who read ‘Life’ – other Keith Richards’s book and one of the best autobiographies especially when it comes to rock stars - story of Gus will be familiar. A man who shared Keith passion for music and certainly can be credited for fact the author's name today is known all across the globe. The author tells story in which his grandfather and he due to common interest for music and family bond will together embark on a journey through the world of music.

‘Gus & Me’ is equally beautiful book for those interested in music or just want to read touching family story, and it should be also emphasized that physical copy in this case have extra value compared to e-book because of enclosed CD which will enable reader to enjoy listening to Keith himself reading the book.

Therefore, if you are a parent who search for your child story about the love for music and especially if you are a grandfather looking for some perfect gift for your beloved grandchild, look no further, because ‘Gus & Me’ is beautiful and emotional book in which children will fully enjoy.
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I think that dear Keef's mask and persona may well be slipping quite badly as he melds in to older age. Despite his "interesting" life style, he comes across as a genuinely soft-hearted and warm, very human and caring guy, and all the better for it. This is a truly lovely and simple tale about affection, good memories very well told. I think that maybe he is a very nice guy. This is essential reading for every grandparent and grandchild, bless 'im. Well done, Keef, you old rocker, you! I love it!
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This book, the story and the illustrations, are unremarkable. It certainly would not have been picked up had it not been for the celebrity of it all. It has the premise of a great children's story but is undeveloped and hinged only on the celebrity grandfather and granddaughter angle.
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What a lovely book!
I will be reading this to my son!
Great job on the artwork!
Thank you- Elizabeth
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Really pleased with this Book that Keith Richards wrote, with the help of hid Daughter, A Beautiful kids Book about Keith and his Grandfather,
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If you are a Keith Richard fan, this is a 'must read' tale of his early introduction to music
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Not what I was expecting. Thought keith would be writing more about his early musical beginnings when he visited his Grandad who from 'Life' we know as Uncle Gus who got keith playing the guitar.

The art work is excellent. This is basically a book for the kids., Stones fanatic parents reading to their children/grandchildren a bedtime tale. In this case the tale being how Keith got started in his wonderful world of music with plenty of Pics kids love so much in books.

Anybody who has kids/grandkids should buy this, also collectors this will be worth a mint one day.
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We have always bee a Keith fan and bought the book for our little Granddaughter. She loves it, couldn't wait to read it to us. Easy understanding and reading with the occasional challenging word fro her to take in. Very good. Thank you Keith!!
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