Richards, Keith

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life. He tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane; his listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones' first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as outlaw folk hero, creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." He discusses falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones, his tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction, as well as falling in love with Patti Hansen, and his bitter estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. He talks about his marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos; the road that goes on forever.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316034388
Branch Call Number: 782. 42166092 R5166L 2010
Characteristics: 564 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Fox, James 1945-


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Which popular children's book did Keith read aloud to his son Marlon-- only for Marlon to discover later that given his father couldn't read French, he'd bluffed his way through the entire story?

With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life.

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Sep 10, 2014
  • looper46 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Keith(or Keef) as his pals call him, has been one of my rock heroes forever. Always liked the Beatles, but the Stones were the band for me. He has always been an honest dude, never sugar coating his drug use and his life as a legend that will endure forever.

His book is honest, informative and a fun read. Really enjoyed how he got his sound and his interaction with the other Stones. People will be listening to the Stones and Beatles in 2214 and appreciating the bands.

Dec 25, 2013
  • pattyskypants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the way he talks . . . like a movie script or a story board . . . and his writing is the same and for that I am Happy! If it doesn't make sense to you, it's because how could it? He has lived in a world that is completely alien to almost all of us, sheltered from the business end of his art. He is a perpetual teenager, able to explore all his creative whims with no constraints. I found his explanations of his drug use and his composing and song-writing very rational and informative. I don't sense any darkness or deceit about him at all. Never have. He is not a poseur; he is an authentic, an original.

Aug 21, 2013
  • willy56 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well done bio by a guy who be most standards shouldn't be alive with the amount of dangerous drugs he has consumed.
A life in the longest working rock band on earth has to take it's toll and Richards tells it all.
From his earliest days to meeting Jagger to right now.
He talks about how he made certain sounds for songs and you need to be a guitar player to understand what he means but nice to see him giving away his secrets.

May 28, 2013
  • kay_g_93 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read! I enjoyed the entire bio cover from cover and have very limited knowledge of music (and admittedly the Stones) so if you are a fan of the above you'll take twice as much away. An exceptionally honest recount with humour and pain along the way and plenty of insight into the trials and tribulations of one of the greatest rock and roll bands. Keith Richards ends up between a rock and a hard place endless times, but it all makes for great adventure and even better triumph when he escapes and keeps roll'in on.

Apr 11, 2013
  • milesthecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was quite an enjoyable bio (autobio) of a remarkable man who I think is lucky (over and over again) to be around to share his life with us. He is very open about the abuses he put himself under and the joys and difficulties partnering with one of the most famous figures in pop/rock culture history. I finished the book with (even) more admiration for the man and the artist than before. I have been a stones fan for their 50+ years which may have influence this review somewhat.

Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Book is rather slow and not what I expected. I thought it would focus more on the exploits of the band (you know... sex, drugs and rock and roll). There is an awful lot of technical talk on how he plays different songs. I am into music, but do not play the guitar so I was lost during these references. It was OK. If you are a Stones or Richards fan, read it.

Dec 05, 2012
  • nannerl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Whether you enjoy this book or not will depend on what you hope to find in it. Personally, I just wanted to know something about Keith Richards, what kind of guy he is. I'm a fan of Stones music, but don't follow celebrity news, so all I remembered about him was the Canadian drug bust decades ago. Some things surprised me - that he's been married 30 years and doesn't sleep around, that he stopped doing drugs decades ago, that he has a bad temper, that he drinks almost constantly. He sounds like a strange mixture of needy and arrogant, as he says his 'mates' and the Stones are his top priorities. The thing is, he seems to have a lot of mates, but really I think it's just a bunch of name-dropping and back-slapping. Doesn't say anything negative about anyone without balancing it by saying he loves them, including Mick. Mick comes off as a jerk. Not the kind of thing I usually read, but it was mildly entertaining, and had some funny stories about his youth.

Oct 22, 2012

Turns out Keith is a pirate afterall.

That said... for someone that's led a life of such high drama this book is a bit of a slow read. The most interesting sections deal with the music, a very few sparkling insights unfortunately. Also an interesting story about Charlie Watts and Mick. Turns out Charlie is a pirate, too.

Aug 13, 2012

Given that the co-author is, arguably, rocknroll's most famous guitarist from, arguably, rocknroll's most famous band, this book is astonishingly bad. When attempting to find ANYTHING about Between The Buttons, I must skim through page after page after page after page after page after page after page of trivia concerning some girlfriend, followed by page after page after page after page of trivia concerning some girlfriend's drug use, followed by page after page after page after page of trivia concerning the effect that said drug use had on said girlfriend's life. I don't care! Only a middle-aged house wife will find this tome interesting.

Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This autobiography is a straightforward chronology by Richards who shows obvious respect for his family and friends. Surprisingly, it was not that insightful about music.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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


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Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

DirtyHarry55 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Feb 26, 2012
  • mountainmadness rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • DirtyHarry55 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 07, 2011
  • callaottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Jan 03, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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