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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 About.com. She is a die-hard Stones fan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596916141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596916142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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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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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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The company I work for is all about self help books and daily affirmations! I get inspirational books mailed to me before every meeting (which I do not read) and at every training class, folks are buried in some random book, other making notes or underlining chapters in order to "better themselves"!! Personally , though I like fitness, and health books, daily motivational books are not my thing - I would rather live life than read about how to 'maybe' live it better !

But then there is this - daily affirmations from Keith Richards!! Talk about a man who has lived -and continues to live life to the fullest! He is a Rock God!! My parents listened to the Stones, I listen to the Stones, my kids listen to the Stones! They have been more successful, over more time that any band I can think of so clearly something is going right!

This book is funny! Just a random collection of words from good old Keith himself! Just six short chapters, a timeline of Keith , and it closes with a recipe for Shepherd's Pie -apparently his favorite! It's not all new, much of it has been written somewhere else, if you have read Life you might know much of this....but here is it , concise, and all in one spot! The commandments of Keith, what would he do, fashion and style., his wit and wisdom! Yes, this will do - I would much rather read this wisdom than a "closing a sale" guide! You can pick it up quickly and easily, read once or again and again - it works!

Something for the night stand, the plane, the bus or the sales meeting in place of a self help book! Yes, this will do just the trick!
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Format: Hardcover
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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