Life: Keith Richards by Keith Richards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Everyone knows Keith Richards as the guitarist for The Rolling Stones, but who knew what a witty and thoughtful storyteller he was? This lengthy book takes us on a tour of his life, hooking readers fast with a hilarious story about being arrested and put on trial in a backwater Arkansas town, and then moving to a chronological autobiographical format that takes us from his childhood in Dartford, England all the way through to his latest adventures. And quite a wild ride it is, after describing growing up in post-war England, Richards falls under the spell of American blues and R&B music, devouring the records of Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters and looking for like-minded souls who shared his passions. Forming a group of fellow enthusiasts that would become The Rolling Stones, the group finds success fast as the dirty and dangerous mirror image of the squeaky clean Beatles. Richards splits the narrative pretty cleanly between his musical exploits with the Stones and his side project the X-Pensive Winos and his personal life. One the personal side he is quite candid about his drug use, brushes with the law and relationships with women. I found this to be a very enjoyable book, Richards is a first class rogue, and tells great stories with a nod and a wink. A must read for rock ‘n’ roll fans.
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