Keith Richards on Keith Richards: Interviews and Encounters [NOOK Book]

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The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of the Rolling Stones is detailed in this compilation of interviews that spans the last 50 years. Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, as well as interviews that have never previously appeared in print, it charts Keith Richards’s journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering epitome of the zeitgeist to beloved elder statesman of rock. Initially overshadowed by band mates Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, Richards gained popularity as half ...

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Overview

The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of the Rolling Stones is detailed in this compilation of interviews that spans the last 50 years. Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, as well as interviews that have never previously appeared in print, it charts Keith Richards’s journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering epitome of the zeitgeist to beloved elder statesman of rock. Initially overshadowed by band mates Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, Richards gained popularity as half of the second-most important songwriting team of the 1960s, and in 1967 the drug bust at his house and his subsequent trial and imprisonment made him a household name. His interviews match his outlaw image: free of banality and euphemism, they revel in frank stories of drugs and debauchery. Yet they also reveal an unexpectedly warm, unpretentious, articulate, and honest man. This collection amply illustrates the magic and charm of Keith Richards.

This compilation of interviews encompasses the Rolling Stones’ fifty-year career. Featuring articles from such celebrated publications as Melody Maker, Rolling Stone, and GQ, as well as interviews that have never previously appeared in print, it charts Keith Richards’s journey from gauche young pretender to swaggering epitome of the zeitgeist to beloved elder statesman of rock.

In the Stones’ early years Keith stood in the shadows of Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. Soon, however, he became famous as half of the second-most important songwriting team in the world, and in 1967, his drug bust and subsequent imprisonment made him a household name. Richards was transformed into a symbol of rock rebellion, and played the part to the hilt, kicking an audience member in the face, punching a journalist in the jaw, and standing up to Hell’s Angels at Altamont. Now he was not just a Rolling Stone, but was on the cover of Rolling Stone.

His interviews, meanwhile, matched his outlaw image: free of banality and euphemism, they reveled in frank stories of drugs and debauchery. Yet they also revealed an unexpectedly warm, unpretentious, articulate, and honest man. The pages of this book amply illustrate that when Keith sits down in front of a microphone, a certain kind of magic occurs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
Rock music writer Sean Egan (The Rough Guide to the Rolling Stones, The Mammoth Book of the Beatles, etc) dug through countless stacks of periodicals to select the fifteen articles (primarily interviews) that make up this slim but entertaining look at one of rock's most iconic figures. Offering little more than a paragraph introduction to each entry, Egan nevertheless does an admirable job as a curator—the collection spans other five decades and pieces vary in length. Even readers who consider themselves well-versed on Richards will find new material here. In a previously unpublished interview with Ira Robbins from 1988, Richards discusses his legendary drug habit, noting that "If they'd have left me alone, you wouldn't have half these freaks thinking that's the way you play guitar, by taking that crap." Also included is the full, unexpurgated version of Richards's epic Rolling Stone interview from 1971 which "served to confirm that he was now a counter-culture icon." Remarkably honest, Richards comes across as an affable, humble subject—quick to give credit to his band mates for songs like "Paint it Black" as well as the performers who inspired him decades ago. (Sept.)
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"All of the infamous incidents are covered—Brian Jones’ drowning death, Richards’ 1967 drug bust and subsequent jail time, the violence at Altamont, and Richards’ public feuding with Mick Jagger, most notably after Mick's knighthood. But what also comes through is his still-burning admiration for the Chicago blues musicians who were his greatest influence and his wariness of fame. Great reading for Stones’ fans."—Booklist

“[An] entertaining look at one of rock's most iconic figures.”—Publishers Weekly

“Sean Egan has done a terrific job of bringing together some of the best ‘classic’ Keith Richards interviews with little-known, hard-to-find gems that reveal more about the ‘soul of the Stones.’ As an interviewee, Keith Richards has always been the most entertaining Rolling Stone to read—at once straightforward, informative, and eloquent—and this collection is a great way to revisit fifty years of Stoneage.” —Ian McPherson, timeisonourside.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613747919
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Musicians in Their Own Words
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 750,965
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sean Egan is an author and journalist who has interviewed members of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground, the Who, and many others. He is the author of The Guys Who Wrote 'Em, Jimi Hendrix and the Making of Are You Experienced, The Mammoth Book of the Beatles, and The Rough Guide to the Rolling Stones.

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