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.
With this autobiographical opening up, one of rock 'n' roll's most notorious figures gives fans a backstage pass to his life. Many of the more riotous stories--the drug busts, the band fights, the marriages and divorces--will be known to serious Rolling Stones devotees. But it's the little details and the emotional impacts that Richards adds, as well as his frank and personal voice as a writer, that makes LIFE a compelling and illuminating read. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
- Biography + Autobiography, Music
- Genres + Styles / Rock, Rich + Famous, Entertainment + Performing Arts
- October 26, 2010
- October 26, 2010
- Keith Richards