[LIFE BY Richards, Keith ]Hardcover ON Oct-2010 Unknown Binding – 26 Oct 2010
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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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating book; 60's+ Rock'n'Roll scene, seedy, etc, but as Keef advises, who is smart, -'Don't Try This at Home!'Published 1 day ago by P. Stanesby
Engrossing biography...best i've read yet by a musician. My measure of a good biography i ask myself "would i like to meet this person?" in Keith Richards case a definate YES. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew McIntyre
A fascinating book which reveals the kind and thoughtful (if slightly weird) person behind the persona.Published 1 month ago by Aileen delab
I like their earlier music and am old enough to have been around when they started. But his portraying himself as the most important Stone is a joke. Read morePublished 1 month ago by delwboy
Brilliant effort by Keith - intelligent writing and far reaching - loved it!!!Published 1 month ago by Joseph Nixon
It's hard work to read, Mr Richards has a writing style of his own.Published 1 month ago by andrew.at.bigfoot.
Even if your not a fan of the Rolling Stones its a great book, full of stories of a life led to its fullest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TRUTH
Worth reading. Written in a racy, warm style - it gives the strong impression that Keef is talking to you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. J. MELHUISH