Life

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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. 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.
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Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, songwriter, and founding member of the rock band the Rolling Stones ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the "10th greatest guitarist of all time." Richards was born in Kent, England. He first met Mick Jagger as his neighbor until 1954 when the family moved. Years later he met Jagger on the train and rekindled their friendship. They began singing in a small band together, "Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys." Richards has sung lead, or co-lead on most Rolling Stones songs. He is said to own over 3000 guitars. In addition to singing, Richards also produces records for other musicians. Richards's autobiography, Life, was released October 26, 2010. He also collaborated with his artist daughter, Theodora, on the autobiographical children's book Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.

James Fox was born in Washington, D.C., in 1945. He worked as a journalist in Africa, and later at the "Sunday Times" in London. He is the author of the bestselling "White Mischief.

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Publisher
Little, Brown
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Published on
Oct 26, 2010
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Pages
576
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ISBN
9780316128568
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous
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