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A book by Keith Richards

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  • Dec 9, 2010
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If Billy Strayhorn, and Richard Price hadn't been first, Keith Richards' autobiography should have borne the title "Lush Life." Here we've got almost 600 pages of the life and times of a mostly unapologetic alcoholic and dope fiend, and it's a straight-forward, and entertaining read - until you get tired of the drug-alogue.

I have a suspicion that Keith, fueled on the substances of his choice - certainly cartons of Marlboro reds - chattered away while his co-author, James Fox, took it all in, and shaped it into a coherent volume. It does read an awful lot like a bar room chat, with a bar fly who's had a hugely interesting rock and roll life. With lots of sex, (though not as much as you might expect,) mountains of drugs (and rivers of booze), and some excellent rock and roll musings and stories, Keith Richards ends up as a rich, spoiled, but somehow likable family man (of sorts) who's written some of the best guitar riffs in the business.

But, for me, the problem with the tome is that the drug stories seem to form its bulk, and music, if you'll excuse the pun, takes second fiddle, and this from a man who's life is music - which goes to show you that even for a survivor, once a junkie always a junkie even if all you're doing is writing about it.

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December 15, 2010
Great review, this would be an interesting life to read about. Congrats on being featured on Lunch.com's Facebook page! Thought you might want to know that you were featured :)
December 14, 2010
Didn't know that Keith Richards had an autobiography out, but he's lived quite the life, so this should be one heck of a book to read. Sounds like it by the looks of your review, too! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, Richard!
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review by . December 03, 2010
This is the mother lode.    In all of rock 'n' roll writing there are some towering peaks that stand out from a morass of mediocrity: the Gillmans' Alias David Bowie; Peter Guralnick's two volume life of Elvis Presley, Greil Marcus' Mystery Train; pretty much anything by Lester Bangs: all, note, written by professional journalists and, more or less, all from the outside. I can't think of a notable rock autobiography: let's face it, most rock musicians don't have the wit, let …
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: It's hard to imagine a celebrity memoir--or any memoir for that matter--that is as easy to drink in (so to speak) as Keith Richards'sLife. Die-hard Stones fans will love tales of the band's ascension from the "interval" band at the Marquee to the headliners at Super Bowl XL; guitar gearheads will scramble to sample the one lick that has eluded Richards for 49 years; and historians and romantics alike will swoon over the raspy, rambling, raucous detail of this portrait of the artistin situ. Yes, some tales are told, butLifeis refreshingly not gossipy, mean-spirited, or sordid--or at least not more than the truth demands. Richards is as comfortable in his bones as a worn pair of boots, andLifecaptures the rhythm of his voice so effortlessly that reading his tale is like sharing a pint with an old friend--one who happens to be one of the most iconic guitarists of all time.--Daphne Durham--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
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ISBN-10: 031603441X
ISBN-13: 978-0316034418
Author: Keith Richards
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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