Life by Keith Richards & James Fox

Life

By Keith Richards & James Fox

  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Description

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

Now at last Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him--part growl, part laugh--Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered and fearless and true. Richards' rich voice introduces the audiobook edition of LIFE and leads us into Johnny Depp's performance, while fellow artist Joe Hurley bridges the long road traveled before Richards closes with the final chapter of this incredible 23-hour production, which includes a bonus PDF of photos.

Reviews

  • I love "Life"

    5
    By Queen Beaver
    This had to be one of the most interesting, humorous, passionate autobiography I have ever read. After reading it I wish I could get together with Kieth for a visit as I feel like he is a long lost friend. An excellent read, well done King Richard IV :)
  • Life by Keith Richards

    4
    By No Moss
    Buddha said "It's always something with you people". Thanks Keith for another piece of your puzzle. Doris made my day.
  • Life- keith Richards

    4
    By The Scotian
    Great read. Thought i was listening to Keith tell stories over a beer and a toke. What a life. Great insight. Makes ya wanna spin some old records and watch the stars
  • Life

    5
    By GWH from Kanata
    If you play guitar it's a must read. If you don't it's still a story worth taking the time to learn what the fast paced life of rock and roll superstardom is all about.
  • What a book!

    5
    By MeanMrMustard99
    I am an avid reader of bio's and mainly rock musician bios. This one is without a doubt amongst the best and turned me into a Rolling Stones addict. Great stories about the Stones rise and the relationships between them all. Keef talks in depth of his thoughts of Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, battles with drugs and police. Really just an awesome must read all round!
  • Boring

    1
    By Gary DB
    First chapter was about the rock and roll life style, and a good read. The rest of the book was boring. I could only get half way through it.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Revo_chance
    I could not put this book down. A really nice love story.
  • A great life

    4
    By William Haflidson
    A great romp through the years with Keith as narrator. I am not sure how he survived. I am sure he sanitized many of the stories. I noticed Mick is always around but there are few actual accounts of his actions. He knows where his bread is buttered. The most disturbing part is when Keith talks about when his 7 year old Son was on tour with the band.
  • Life

    5
    By Chasaveen
    Could have been sub-titled "The Further Adventures of Nigel Molesworth."

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