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What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Pallington West
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Book Description

What is a wiseman? What is a prophet?

Someone with a strange, unflappable demeanor. Someone who speaks in cryptic koans, words whose meanings take years to unravel. Someone who has confronted death, God, sin, and the immortal soul. Someone unfit for this world, but too brilliant to depart it. Someone--in short--like Keith Richards.

Here, at last, the wisdom of this indefatigable man is recorded and set forth. These are his visionary words: "I would rather be a legend than a dead legend." Or "Whatever side I take, I know well that I will be blamed." And--indeed--"I've never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen."

Not merely a compendium of wisdom, this book is also a complete guide to the inner workings of a complex and inspired belief system, and the life of a man sanctified by fame. What Would Keith Richards Do reminds us to learn from our mistakes, let our instincts lead us, and above all, do what Keith has done better than anyone--survive.

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About the Author

Jessica Pallington West is the author of Lipstick. Her writing has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, BBC-TV and BBC Radio, and She is a die-hard Stones fan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1596916141
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (July 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYE5W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book! April 30, 2009
I love how this book pokes fun at self help books, but at the same time is the best self help book you'll ever need. It's funny, witty, and thought provoking. All the wisdom you ever need can come from Keith Richards. I have this book out on the kitchen table and read a few pages or a few lines every day. It offers me just the right amount of wisdom and advice when I need it. It is well written and full of facts, too. It is a must for any Stones fan, but even those who are remotely familiar with Keith and the Stones would appreciate it, too. Get this book, you'll love it!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Keef May 7, 2009
Wow this girl did her research. If you're a die hard Keith Richards or Stones fan pick this up! Fun and interesting read...It's essentially a Keith Richards Bible :)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keithism! May 6, 2009
This is a very loyal book to a very controversial figure and his personal philosophy: Keithism. The lifestyle of Keith Richards is self-destructive but at the same time powerfully preservative. This superb insight sheds light onto the dark depths of the human being, and how even in the muck and slime of humanity, beautiful things may shine. Just as the great Nazi philosopher Heidegger said that we must be held out into nothingness to comprehend our own meaning, Keith Richards says, "At our best, we master the art of going just over the edge of the abyss, then pulling back.". By the way, Richards once lived in a secret Gestapo hideaway. Mrs. West riffs with a vivid verve on a remarkable man and his unique personal philosophy. After all, the man who outlived his heroin addiction, outrageous lifestyle, and trepanned brain surgery might have a thing or two to say about that muddled thing we called life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-review in anticipation May 11, 2009
Oh, man, I actually see something I WANT for Father's Day! Can't wait to read the affirmations of a true survivor. The title alone is golden!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will change your life April 30, 2009
Well, it won't really change your life, but it will give you some laughs and some nice insights. What a great idea, and it is well executed to boot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Kndhrt
A brilliant concept, very well written, astute and funny "self help" book - an ingenious way of telling Keith's story and philosophy through quotes, humor and smarts. Unique, extraordinarily entertaining, full of surprises - take it from Keith, follow his lead cause if he can survive... You so don't have to be a Rolling Stoner to relish and delight in this wonderful ride. Cheers to you Ms. West! Now excuse me while I get another helping of wisdom from a second visit. Did someone say? "need a gift" ... uh...for everyone you know!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Richards fans have found their Holy Grail! May 20, 2009
By mes
Jessica West illuminates with a thoughtful, picaresque, thorough and thoroughly entertaining light the many aphorisms and applications of the "heroin-addled guitar player from the projects" who ended up as a "twenty-first century philosopher and urban street guru." One of my favorite sections is "Keith and Nietzsche" where the author finds the wisdom of celebrated philosophers mirrored in quotes from Keith -- "Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced" (Kierkegaard) and "I like the expanding vision of life, of what goes on. I find it a fascinating story -- a great book." (Keith) -- Yes, a great book indeed!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The icone of Rock January 4, 2010
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Keith Richards! Yeah ! His wisdom, his musical roots, his own philosofy and way of life, his inteligent sense of humor, his wit, his repartee, his charisma, makes him a unique person in the world of Rock`n`Roll ! When sometimes you`re down, reading a litlle bit of this book, makes you happy, thinking "Yeah ! That`s it ! Don`t worry to much !" He`s got it's own rules of living ! Of course it`s Keith Richards, the icone of Rock ! Famous and wealthy, but those two things never go up to her head ! I think is a guy that you can sit in a Bar and talk to him like a comom person ! Not like Mick, who`s the best front man in the world but very " social and egocentric " and all that ! Keith is a "man`s" people and i wish God gave him a long life ! He`s the heart of the Stones and Mr. Rock`n`Roll himself ! Very easy to read, with several topics in witch they have small frases and texts ! A wonderful job of Jessica Pallington West, author of "Lipstick" but also a strong fan of the Rolling Stones! Congratulations !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Keith Richards and love the book
Published 5 days ago by phyl1217
5.0 out of 5 stars Get back into the recording studio.
This magnificent book suggests that keith and mick have a lifelong bond. As mick sings in the soundtrack to Armageddon, the 1969 album, Get yer
neutron bombs out - Who killed... Read more
Published 9 days ago by the ALIEN
3.0 out of 5 stars He thought it was kinda dumb.
Gift for Stones fan.. He thought it was kinda dumb.
Published 9 days ago by lucky girl
4.0 out of 5 stars who needs a shrink?
bought 2 & kept 1. amusing & insightful for Keith fans like myself, & much better advice/validation than doing what Lindsey Lohan would do!
Published 1 month ago by mistered
5.0 out of 5 stars The band meant more than the horse.
Good sense always over comes stupidity. I lost a lot of past friends due to drug, etc. Those that made it are carrot bunch without the carrots. How did he survive heroin???? Read more
Published 2 months ago by william A. Bermudez
5.0 out of 5 stars (as iam) its great to have around
if your a keef fan, (as iam) its great to have around. its not a novel, more something that you can grab and open and read a page or two, and before you know it your rereading it.
Published 2 months ago by Andy U.
1.0 out of 5 stars what seems like a good idea reads like a high school term ...
you cant judge a book by it's cover! what seems like a good idea reads like a high school term paper. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jonnyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I wonder if Keith knows this book exists. It has become a bible to my fiancé and me.
Published 2 months ago by NAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book - use it as a therapy tool
Published 3 months ago by janirae
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He's just amazing! and so evolved spiritually in ways you're not expecting.
Published 3 months ago by Robert A.LeVitre
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