- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031603441X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316034418
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,545 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock 'n' roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States....Mr. Richards has found a way to channel to the reader his own avidity, his own deep soul hunger for music and to make us feel the connections that bind one generation of musicians to another. Along the way he even manages to communicate something of that magic, electromagnetic experience of playing on stage with his mates, be it in a little club or a huge stadium."―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"[A] slurry romp through the life of a man who knew every pleasure, denied himself nothing, and never paid the price."―David Remnick, The New Yorker
"The ultimate Keith Richards album."―Hillel Italie, Associated Press
"Rollicking and raw."―Andrew Abrahams, People
"What kind of celebrity autobiography is his Life? A remarkable one."―Jim Fusilli, The Wall Street Journal
"[Richards] not only has the best tunes, he also knows how to tell the best tales."―Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
"Compelling, endearing, insightful, action-packed, graceful, generous-spirited, unflinching, and funny."―Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A vivid self-portrait and, of the Stones and their musical era, a grand group portrait....spellbinding storytelling."―Richard Corliss, Time
About the Author
Keith Richards was born in London in 1943. A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and cofounder of the Rolling Stones, he has also released solo albums with his band, The X-Pensive Winos. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Patti Hansen.
James Fox was born in Washington, D.C., in 1945 and has known Keith Richards since the early 1970's when he was a journalist for the Sunday Times in London. His books include the international bestseller White Mischief. He lives in London with his wife and sons.
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You get a sense of what it has been like to play in very popular rock band for a number of decades. This is almost like a history book.
Like very autobiography (or biography) you will read about the subject's childhood. That was interesting, but what I found to be the strongpoints of this book was the history of the Richards/Jagger partnership.
How they wrote songs together was detailed, and that was intriguing in itself. That and the turbulent relationship that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger share.
There was a lot of information about Brian Jones leading up to his death.
Another part of music biographies I really like is the origin of songs. "Life" didn't disappoint in that department. Keith Richards dispelled a lot of rumors about the subject of some of the Stones most popular songs. He also explained his approach to writing songs and identified some of his guitars, amps, and effects pedals.
His take on the nuances of recording was interesting also.
There is a lot of info in the book for any Rolling Stones fan.
I give this book 5 stars for being possibly the best autobiography I have read to date.
I have always loved the Rolling Stones and I could not put this book down. As for Keith, a little understanding those who put up with his antics would not go astray.
Keith's "voice" is delightful. I had no idea what he was really like. The guy is deep and he gets it, life that is.
The stories he tells like the one about driving to morocco for drugs paints such a scene for the reader as to what Keith, those around him, and the world was like. Just reading about what his freaking car was like was worth that chapter!
And the story of the stones being pulled over in Arkansas after being warned never to drive around southern states and how they got out of that mess is vividly described and will make you laugh in amazement about what goes on behind the scenes or at least what the 60's were like.
It's interesting to read about Keith and mick's relationship. And then the Canadian prime minister's wife being a stones' groupie and running around their hotel rooms. Wow.
The narrative is so rich and not a single page is slow.
I love Keith now. I am so glad he opened up and now we get to know him and the history of that time period.
I loved hearing about his parents, his schooling, how he met the stones and the Beatles and on and on.
After i read it, I got the audio book. That is a hoot, especially the part keith reads himself!
You have to read this book!