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The lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones recounts his life, from a youth obsessed with Chuck Berry to the formation of the Stones and their subsequent stardom, and discusses his problems with drugs, the death of Brian Jones, and his relationship with Mick Jagger.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2011
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780316034418
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 R3919R 2011
Characteristics: 564 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Fox, James 1945-


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JCLMELODYK Apr 06, 2020

I enjoyed this entire bio, especially his boyhood. I was fascinated with his drug use. One thing that stood out was the relative safety and reliability of pure heroin. When he could no longer consistently acquire pure, pharmaceutical heroin, he realized his needed to quit as the street drug was invariably dirty. I couldn't believe there was a time when you could get a prescription for your addiction! It was exhausting to read the time and energy he gave every day to scoring his next hit. Drug addicts work hard! I heard he recently gave up cigarettes. Keith will outlive us all!

The audio book narration was excellent.

Jun 16, 2019

I checked out this audiobook because a friend was reading the hardcover book and I thought we could discuss it when we each finished. But in spite of the narration by Johnny Depp, I just couldn't bring myself to care about this item. My friend finished because he's a fan. It was just way too long for me. Perhaps if I were also a fan it would have been enjoyable.

Dec 28, 2018

This book has been on my books to read list for years so I finally got around to reading it. What kept me from reading it sooner was my reluctance to read the details of Keith's drug use. I just wasn't ready to go there when this book first came out.

As a kid, I was into the Beatles more than the Stones in the 1960s so I learned a lot of new things about the Stones from this book --- the early days of the Stones, why they formed the group, and the group's vision and goal. Keith is very straightforward and honest which I really liked. And he sure has some very interesting tales to tell, some hair raising. He clears up a lot of rumors, which I appreciate. His friendship with Mick Jagger was also revealing. I also enjoyed reading about Keith's strong connection to music --- how that started and endured all these years. He really is devoted to music. I loved reading about him collaborating with other musicians. As expected, his accounts about all the hard drugs was depressing. It always amazes me that Keith survived all that heavy drug use and has lived to a ripe old age. This book showed me that it's his love of music that has kept him alive all these years. Music is the medicine that counteracted all the bad stuff he put in his body.

This isn't the best written rock star bio, and I swear Keith repeated himself at times. Sometimes I couldn't follow what he was saying as it just wasn't clear. Yet I'm glad I read his bio, even though it is very long and meanders here and there. The book is free flowing, very much like the man himself. Keith has had one hell of a life. I'm glad he wrote the book. It's his perspective, his life. It's a must read for all Stones and rock fans.

Jul 24, 2017

not sure I learned anything of value from this one; it is different from other books of this sort. curiously uninvolving, however. and l-o-o-o-n-g.

Jul 05, 2016

Having lived in the same part of Dartford and walked the cinder track many,many times,I can vouch for the veracity of the first part of the book-it really was just like that,even 20 years later.....some places don't change much at all.Shame I don't rate this playing much or enjoy the Stones a bit more,but it's still an entertaining read if you like that sort of thing. His takes on pot and friendship are interesting-kerf's not a thickie after all !

Give it a whirl.

May 13, 2016

I could not help comparing Keith Richards timeline to my own: he was in South of France, Switzerland, New York, West Indies and all the while I was steadily working my job. He did vast quantities of drugs, gallons of alchol, days witout sleep. The book gives a real insight into the life of a rock star. You can go anywhere, do anything and get away with it. Money is no object. He has a writer working with him but it seems an authentic Keith Richard voice. Liked the book. Full of information and interest. Not a quick read too much content and that's a good thing.

This book is a fascinating insight into one of the greatest guitar players of our time. I found his stories of how the Stones got together, the making of "Exile on Main Street", and his relationship with Mick over the years to be very interesting. Recommended by James

Jun 09, 2015

Keith Richard's autobiography read like a story and left me wondering how the man survived. He does not back away from the many poor decisions that he made. It seems like an honest account of the Stone's back story - - but then I wasn't there. Never-the-less - an interesting glimpse of the rock-and-roll lifestyle.

Apr 29, 2015

I had to check this out multiple times to finish it, but when it was finally over I hated to say good-bye. Keith is a very, very fun, amiable, intelligent and interesting companion. I enjoyed every second of this book. Very well worth the read.

Apr 09, 2015

Boring .boring ,boring .I find it hard to believe it won the Norman Mailer prize ,what a shame when there are so many good books out there .

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Aug 10, 2015

OK, so it's kind of a slow read in the beginning but stick with it. You'll discover a sensitive, thoughtful man behind the hedonist you thought you knew. Well worth your time.

Apr 17, 2012

Biography of the life of Keith Richards and his membership in the Rolling Stones.

Aug 07, 2011

A gift from Raymond. Read it over a number of weeks. Skipped over the technical guitar/music parts. Well written - wonder what share of the writing done by Keef and what part by James Fox. But interesting perspective on life with the Rolling Stones. 8/10


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Apr 17, 2012

Other: MANY drug references. This is the main reason I would not let my 14 year old son read this. At times it appears that he glorifies his heroin use due to the fact that he could pretty much control it. Not a good message for impressionable youth to read.

Apr 17, 2012

Coarse Language: A few swears. Uses a lot of English terms which, may very well be swears.

Apr 17, 2012

Sexual Content: Nothing in great detail, but there are references to sex.


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Apr 17, 2012

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Feb 26, 2012

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Jan 03, 2012

Mick picked up the slack, I picked up the smack.

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