Life by Keith RichardsLife by Keith Richards


byKeith Richards, James Fox

Paperback | May 3, 2011

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The long-awaited autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Ladies and gentlemen: Keith Richards.

With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life.

Now, at last, the man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones's first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." His relationship with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos, and the road that goes on forever.

With his trademark disarming honesty, Keith Richard brings us the story of a life we have all longed to know more of, unfettered, fearless, and true.
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...
Title:LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031603441X

ISBN - 13:9780316034418

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I bought this book as a gift for someone else. It turned out he already had it. I decided to keep it for myself. I am so glad I did. It felt like he was sitting in front of my telling me the story as I read it. I had a hard time putting it down. He shared so many different parts of his life and didn't sugarcoat it. If you are a fan of autobiographies and music pick this book up.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keef at his best Dramatic, hilarious, funny, and sad. The man had such a life. Anecdotes from his life with the Stones, his solo career, and his personal life. So enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from coolest One of the coolest men in rock n roll. Entertaining read
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Such a good autobiography, he is hilarious. Couldn't put the book down, even bought a copy for my brother.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life You can't be a reader of rock biographies without reading Life. Keith is funny, unbelievable and incredible.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very interesting look into a legend's life
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Keith Richards is an original and he tells it straight. What a life!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I've always been a fan of Keith Richards, and I love him even more after reading this book. Funny, insightful and engaging. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Keith Richards is brutally honest and does not hold anything back. Funny and wildly entertaining. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love the Stones - not of the book I got this as a gift. As previously noted - it is way too wordy. I got bored with it before I could finish it.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre Keith is one of the elder statesmen of rock. This is a great historical look at a rock icon. However, the book is a bit too long. He could have shaved off 200 pages. Most rock critics and book reviewers said it was also hilarious. I did not laugh once. A must read for any student of rock or musicologist. That being said, it also has some salient points into his habits, love of rock, and his craft.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keif Great book. Well written, humble and funny. Great insights into the music world and the craft generally. Added bonus: after reading you will say to yourself "I am an outstanding parent".
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brutally honest and a great read. Sure, the writing ain't perfect and at times clumsy, but that's what makes it so great. If you want to know anything about the Rolling Stones pick this up and you'll get the feeling that you've known them for years. Sure, sometimes the British jargon is confusing and odd for a North American, but it makes it all the more real. This is Keith's story and he's telling it in his own words and chronology. Truly a must read for an poor soul that considers themselves a fan of classic rock, blues or music in general.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for Stones fans and biography lovers This is a great read for lovers of autobiographies. Keith Richards did not use a ghost writer, so even though it's a bit garbled in places, it sounds like the real man coming through. This should be the point in biographies, not some sanitized version of events written by someone who wasn't there. This comes from the heart. There are quite a few places I skimmed over, as he tends to ramble about guitar stuff, but this is his passion, so it's to be expected. I do not play the guitar, nor do I really know the lingo, so I skipped much of it. Guitar players will find it fascinating, however. He starts with his childhood in London, which is where all good life stories should start, as it gives you insight on the person when you see how they grew up. He talks through the early days of the Rolling Stones, his obsession with the blues, touring America in the turbulent 60s, drug addictions, kicking the habit (he's been heroin free for 30 years), the famous myths, all the way up to present day. I found it gave me a new appreciation for the Stone's music and I have been hearing it differently. I hated for the book to end, I enjoyed it so much. It's like saying goodbye to a new friend, you want to stay and chat longer.
Date published: 2011-05-16

Editorial Reviews

"A vivid self-portrait and, of the Stones and their musical era, a grand group portrait....spellbinding storytelling."-Richard Corliss, Time