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This riveting autobiography by celebrated (and famously hard-living) guitar legend Keith Richards reads with the unforgettable hook and crisp ferocity of the best Rolling Stones songs — most of which you'll rush to replay after learning about their creation.
Recommended by Rico, Powells.com

Admit it, you didn't expect Keith to remember much, did you? Well, you were so wrong. His story is off-the-charts awesome, and, taken along with the Stones in Exile documentary, it made my year. Together they are everything I always wanted from my favorite genius outlaw.
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"Keith Richards, 19 years old and a good kid at heart, wrote a letter to his Aunt Patty in 1962. After joking about the English weather — "I wonder which day summer falls on this year?" — he describes meeting Mick Jagger on a train station..." Jeff Baker, The Oregonian (Read the entire Oregonian review)

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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.

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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.

About the Author

Keith Richards was born in London in 1943. A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and cofounder of the Rolling Stones, he has also released solo albums with his band, The X-Pensive Winos. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Patti Hansen.

James Fox was born in Washington, D.C., in 1945 and has known Keith Richards since the early 1970's when he was a journalist for the Sunday Times in London. His books include the international bestseller White Mischief. He lives in London with his wife and sons.

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sharrona, November 11, 2012 (view all comments by sharrona)
A terrific fun read! This autobiography gave me lots of insight into Keith Richards' world, and some fascinating background information on The Rolling Stones. Not one to "dish dirt," Richards wrote mostly about his own experiences, and took full responsibility for the bad and good things that have happened to him.

Within this unfiltered picture of the "sex, drugs, rock&roll" sixties (and well beyond) he focuses mainly on the music. I found myself unable to give the book away after reading it, because there are so many parts I want to read again. For example, he talks a lot about unusual music techniques used in specific songs, making me want to grab the right CD and listen to each with his explanation in mind.

Richards' story is not told in strictly chronological order. Chapters are short and peppy. Many times he'll mention a person or situation briefly, and add "But that's another story," and the reader can look forward to finding that story later in the book.

Even though I've been a fan of the Rolling Stones' music for more than 50 years, I knew little about the individual band members beyond what appeared in newspapers. Having attended a number of their concerts, I had some appreciation for Keith Richards as a musician. This book surprised me by making me fond of him as a person.
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MusicLvr, August 13, 2012 (view all comments by MusicLvr)
A recent post on Facebook showed a recent image of Keith Richards, jammining next to a headline that reads: Outlived Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer--didn't see that coming. Keith has staying power and musical passion that can't be matched. When a 40th anniversary edition of Exile on Main Street sold millions of copies, even he was impressed. He knew the music was great when they created it, and was glad to see it still holds up. Despite the drug use and addiction and definance to rules and reckless living, he shows himself to be a guy's guy, interested in music and open to life's experiences. That he survived to tell it all is a fun read for the rest of us.
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A recent post on Facebook showed a recent image of Keith Richards, jammining next to a headline that saves: Outlived Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer--didn't see that coming. Keith has staying power and musical passion that can't be matched. When a 40th anniversary edition of Exile on Main Street sold millions of copies, even he was impressed. He knew the music was great when they created it, and was glad to see it still holds up. Despite the drug use and addiction and definance to rules and reckless living, he shows himself to be a guy's guy, interested in music and open to life's experiences. That he survived to tell it all is a fun read for the rest of us.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316034388
Author:
Keith Richards and James Fox
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
With:
Fox, James
Author:
Richards, Keith
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
576

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Product details 576 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316034388 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This riveting autobiography by celebrated (and famously hard-living) guitar legend Keith Richards reads with the unforgettable hook and crisp ferocity of the best Rolling Stones songs — most of which you'll rush to replay after learning about their creation.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Admit it, you didn't expect Keith to remember much, did you? Well, you were so wrong. His story is off-the-charts awesome, and, taken along with the Stones in Exile documentary, it made my year. Together they are everything I always wanted from my favorite genius outlaw.

"Review A Day" by , "Keith Richards, 19 years old and a good kid at heart, wrote a letter to his Aunt Patty in 1962. After joking about the English weather — "I wonder which day summer falls on this year?" — he describes meeting Mick Jagger on a train station..." (Read the entire Oregonian review)
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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