Keith Richards, Life


The only thing more astonishing than the fact that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards lived long enough to write his autobiography, Life, is that he remembers so much of what happened to him. Weighing in at a whopping 546 pages, Richards recounts with incredible detail major events and artistic triumphs (the writing and recording of classic hits and albums such as "Satisfaction" and Exile On Main St) to the lowest points (heroin addiction, romantic breakups, and battles with his longtime cohort Mick Jagger).

Most fascinating are the stories behind the creation of those classic Stones records, especially the recording of the Exile album in the south of France in the early 1970s. Richards recounts the free-for-all intensity of that period with amazing clarity, vividly describing the crazy characters, fellow musicians and other hangers-on at his Mediterranean chateau/recording studio.

Also interesting are his descriptions of his relationships with his fellow band mates, Mick Jagger in particular. Much press has been made of some of the negative things Keith has said about Jagger in the book, but Richards also touchingly praises his "Glimmer Twin" brother numerous times throughout, displaying a deep dedication that must exist in a relationship that has lasted as long as theirs has. Richards' frank, sprawling memoir is filled with same grit, wit, and heart of any classic Stones song.

Submitted by Brett @ Washington Park

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