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- Listening Length: 23 hours
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Oct. 2010
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B004AG5J42
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While reading the book I started making a list of other things to research, such as musicians I'd never heard of, books I'd never read and people I'd never heard of. I found myself stopping every now and again to research something I'd never heard of, and I really enjoyed it.
This book isn't just for Stones/Keith Richards fans - it's a musical education.
Some reviewers on this site are disgruntled because Keith doesn’t ooze love for his band members: Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood barely get a mention; and a measure of disdain is reserved for Brian Jones, although his relationship with Mick Jagger is put under closer scrutiny, leaving Charlie Watts the recipient of his fulsome praise. There’s nothing intrinsically “wrong” with this: how many of us, writing these reviews, play in a rock band or can begin to understand the dynamics of a rock band that had been together, at the time the book was published, for 40-odd years?
Putting aside the prodigious amounts of drugs that he’s ingested, Keith has some other habits that are tediously rock ‘n’ roll. He’s almost always late, and he has this childish “thing” about shepherd’s pie. If one is delivered to his dressing room, heaven help the person who fancies a piece and break the crust. If this happens, the show’s put on hold until another shepherd’s pie is made and delivered. Of course, Keith doesn’t eat any of it: he just wants to demonstrate who’s boss, who gets to cut the crust.
As Keith himself says, why is such a fuss made about the Stones still gigging at their age (now in their 70s) when most of the well-known black musicians, e.g. Muddy Waters and B. B. King did it and no-one said boo?
The last five lines of the book (when he talks about his mother, Doris, giving him his first review) bring the story of Keith’s hectic, extraordinary life to a delightful end.
Rock on, Keith!
The whole thing is a wonderful read: entertaining, funny, poignant and honest. A fantastic memoir!