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What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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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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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!
Self-help gurus like Dr Phil advise ways to avoid creating problems for yourself, while Keith Richards takes a different tack. His philosophy: -- You're going to mess up. Deal with it. -- Of course, Keith Richards wouldn't say 'mess' up, but I need to express these things in a way that is true to my nature.
As the title suggests, this book is organized around an advice and example theme. It offers insights in an entertaining style, but it's better if you don't try to consume it in one big gulp. You'll run into repetition, some key events are recalled using the exact same words. The repetition was most obvious in Chapter Five: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards. Not only does it repeat some things that were mentioned earlier, it even repeats the same item or event under different topics within the chapter.
But there's certainly plenty of new material for those of us who didn't know anything about Keith Richard beyond his reputation as a poster boy for dissipation. As the author and compiler, Jessica Pallington West, is more of a devoted fan than an objective observer. That's not always a bad thing. She pays attention to things that the more objective observer might overlook. If she stretches to make a point, she still makes connections to larger things in life.
Not that making music really requires any further justification for the time spent taking the ride. What Would Keith Richards Do? provides insights and answers about what Keith Richards has done, and relates experiences we can adapt to the questions in our own lives.