Keith Richards. LIFE with James Fox . had that much coke in my life! The sleeper was Freddie's briefcase, which was in the trunk of the car, as yet unopened. "People say 'why don't you give it up?' I don't think they quite understand. I'm not doing it just for the money, or for you. I'm doing it for me." – Keith Richards. Editorial Reviews. prosalgreavsunfma.cf Review. site Best Books of the Month, November It's hard to imagine a celebrity memoir--or any memoir for that.
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Keith Richards, the legendary founding guitarist of the Stones, is 66, but don't mistake his new memoir for a valedictory. It's more like a statement of purpose; a lead-off track, not a final cut. It seems like as safe a bet as you're ever going to find in rock.
Rock and roll, after all, is his first love. Early in Life , Richards describes his first guitar, "a gut-string job," given to him by his mother when he was Richards might epitomize the popular idea of the rock lifestyle more than any other living artist -- and he doesn't shy away from admitting his deep affections for women and drugs -- but he's at his best, unsurprisingly, when he's rhapsodizing about rock.
That's not to say he shies away from the darker parts of his life. The book opens on a scene of Richards nearly being arrested with "grass, peyote and mescaline. There's no shortage of passages like these -- litanies of bad decisions and inadvisable substances -- and they're as joyless and stark as you'd expect. He alludes, quickly, to the Stones' reputation among some as misogynistic, thanks to songs like "Under My Thumb.
Deborah Feingold hide caption. It's undeniable rock-nerd fun to read about the first rock song Richards fell in love with Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" , the Stones' first several gigs, and the first Jagger-Richards song ever written "As Tears Go By". But the tone of Life veers dangerously close to humorless spite when Richards recounts his frustrations with his bandmates -- Brian Jones, who he calls "cold-blooded, vicious" and a "whining son of a bitch"; Mick Jagger, whose solo album Richards compares to Mein Kampf "Everybody had a copy, but nobody listened to it".
But rock and roll isn't supposed to be pretty, and it's hard to second-guess one of the art form's most pioneering, most original survivors. Richards's memoir, like his now universally famous guitar riffs, is likable and infectious; co-author James Fox has done an admirable job preserving the rocker's unique voice, while weaving a compelling and sometimes fascinating narrative. Life isn't always easy; you want things to end happily, even when you know how the story turns out.
But that's rock and roll -- and you can't always get what you want. Good records just get better with age. But the one that really turned me on, like an explosion one night, listening to Radio Luxembourg on my little radio when I was supposed to be in bed and asleep, was "Heartbreak Hotel. I'd never heard it before, or anything like it. I'd never heard of Elvis before.
It was almost as if I'd been waiting for it to happen. When I woke up the next day I was a different guy. Suddenly I was getting overwhelmed: Radio Luxembourg was notoriously difficult to keep on station. I had a little aerial and walked round the room, holding the radio up to my ear and twisting the aerial. Trying to keep it down because I'd wake Mum and Dad up. If I could get the signal right, I could take the radio under the blankets on the bed and keep the aerial outside and twist it there.
I'm supposed to be asleep; I'm supposed to be going to school in the morning. Loads of ads for James Walker, the jewelers "in every high street," and the Irish sweepstakes, with which Radio Lux had some deal. Then, "Since my baby left me" -- it was just the sound. It was the last trigger. That was the first rock and roll I heard. It was a totally different way of delivering a song, a totally different sound, stripped down, burnt, no bullshit, no violins and ladies' choruses and schmaltz, totally different.
It was bare, right to the roots that you had a feeling were there but hadn't yet heard.
I've got to take my hat off to Elvis for that. The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try and deafen it out.
That's what "Heartbreak Hotel" did to me. It was the first time I'd heard something so stark. Then I had to go back to what this cat had done before. Luckily I caught his name. The Radio Luxembourg signal came back in. Around , when I was fifteen, Doris bought me my first guitar. I was already playing, when I could get one, but you can only tinker when you haven't got one of your own.
It was a Rosetti. And it was about ten quid. Doris didn't have the credit to download it on hire download, so she got someone else to do it, and he defaulted on the payment -- big kerfuffle.
It was a huge amount of money for her and Bert. But Gus must have had something to do with it too.
It was a gut-string job. I started where every good guitar player should start -- down there on acoustic, on gut strings.
You can get to wire later on. Anyway, I couldn't afford an electric. But I found just playing that Spanish, an old workman, and starting from there, it gave me something to build on. Keith Richards born 18 December 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.
He first met Mick Jagger as his neighbor until when the family moved. Years later he met Jagger on the train and rekindled their friendship. He is said to own over guitars. In addition to singing, Richards also produces records for other musicians.
Richards's autobiography, Life, was released October 26, He also collaborated with his artist daughter, Theodora, on the autobiographical children's book Gus and Me: James Fox was born in Washington, D. He worked as a journalist in Africa, and later at the "Sunday Times" in London. He is the author of the bestselling "White Mischief.
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!