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Keith Richards: Satisfaction Paperback – March 9, 2004
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Keith Richards was the pirate bad boy of the Rolling Stones. Without the outright sex appeal of Mick Jagger or the angel-faced nastiness of Brian Jones, Richards carved a niche by being himself -- strong, kind of shy, and devoted to making music. He rose to prominence as the brilliant guitar player and songwriter, ran off with Jones' much-abused girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, had two children, got hooked on heroin and finally turned his life around so he wouldn't lost it.
"Satisfaction" is anything but. Most of the information in "Satisfaction" is recycled from other books. And about halfway through the book, Sandford seems to get bored with his subject, writing a bunch of stuff about Bianca, Mick, and the other Stones, before meandering back to Keith, Anita and Patti Hansen. Not to mention that small errors pepper the text (Brian Jones had two illegitimate children who were older than Julian).
Most annoyingly, Sandford soft-pedals a lot of the controversy and news swirling around the Stones. He avoids talking much about the then-shocking music and statements they made, or the many small ways they tried to rub the anti-rock crowd the wrong way. It's like he doesn't want to admit that they were rock's bad boys at the time.
He does give good insights into different parts of Keith's life, such as his prematurely hard-edged son Marlon, or the appeal of ex-model/actress Anita Pallenberg.Read more ›
As Richards met Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the theme begins, of Richards being the most important part of what became the Rolling Stones. Certainly the author presents a strong argument; for all the influences he has had, such as Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry, Keith Richards crafted a sound with the Rolling Stones that became unique, and it's impossible to imagine another guitar player who could create such a sound. Much is written here of Richards' (and Jagger's) single-minded dedication as well, to adapt as necessary to success but never losing the fundamental core of what the band was all about.
The darker side of Richards is explored as well, and certainly Sandford pulls no punches in showing what happens to young men who come into a ton of money. Richards' drug use nearly wrecked the group in the 1970's, and unlike other writers Sandford rightly stays away from glamourizing any of this. After reading through this one is amazed that Richards is alive and well in 2005.
On the downside, the book does tend to cover familiar ground in the second half.Read more ›
At the very end of the book, there was one thing which I did not know previously. If money is an issue with you at this time, please do not spend it here.
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"Satisfaction" is a well-written biography of rocker Keith Richards, one of the bad boys of the rock `n' roll pantheon, and certainly one of today's vintage rockers of note. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by C. K. Marks
Sandford is generally an excellent rock biographer - thorough, perceptive, even intuitive, and writes sublimely, with wit, intelligence and dry humor. Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by Konrad Baumeister
This book is based mainly on here say not much input from keith.Christopher Sandford seems to be spicing up the actual events as i have read conflicting biographies, if you believe... Read morePublished on March 1, 2006 by Mr Goodies