written by Keith Richards
Phoenix | ISBN 9780753826614
Paperback – 640 pages
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I found myself without a book one lunchtime and borrowed a copy of Life from colleague Daniel, thinking I’d hand it back after half an hour. Instead, I kept it ‘til the final page and am now buying my parents a copy for Christmas. You don’t even have to be a fan of The Rolling Stones to appreciate this great sex, drugs and rock n’ roll story – in fact, you can feel free to do what I have been doing, and simply re-tell the anecdotes to your mates, substituting your own name for Keith’s wherever you think you can get away with it. Speaking of which, did I ever tell you about the time my car full of cocaine and guns was seized by the Texas police?
By Holly Bennett
With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero. Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, 'Exile on Main Street' and 'Some Girls'. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family and the road that goes on for ever. In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richards brings us the essential life story of our times.