What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor
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What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor

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by Jessica Pallington West
     
 

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The perfect gift for the legions of fans of the Rolling Stones: timeless wisdom and spiritual beliefs inspired by one of the world's great survivors, Keith Richards.

What is a wise man? What is a prophet?

Someone with a strange, unflappable demeanor. Someone who speaks in cryptic koans, words whose meanings take years to unravel.

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The perfect gift for the legions of fans of the Rolling Stones: timeless wisdom and spiritual beliefs inspired by one of the world's great survivors, Keith Richards.

What is a wise man? What is a prophet?

Someone with a strange, unflappable demeanor. Someone who speaks in cryptic koans, words whose meanings take years to unravel. Someone who has confronted death, God, sin, and the immortal soul. Someone unfit for this world, but too brilliant to depart it. Someone, in short, like Keith Richards.

Here, at last, the wisdom of this indefatigable man is recorded and set forth. These are his visionary words: "I would rather be a legend than a dead legend." Or "Whatever side I take, I know well that I will be blamed." And—indeed—"I've never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen."
Not merely a compendium of wisdom, this book is also a complete guide to the inner workings of a complex and inspired belief system, and the life of a man sanctified by fame. What Would Keith Richards Do? reminds us to learn from our mistakes, let our instincts lead us, and above all, do what Keith has done better than anyone—survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596916142
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
591,083
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet 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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What Would Keith Richards Do? 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
cindyfrompa More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about the Stones and about Keith in particular. This one sums up his attitude, sense of humor, thoughtfulness and intelligence. He is a dedicated musician and loving friend and family man. Lots of insight into his life and how he lives it.
SylviaScarlet More than 1 year ago
I read this book before I gave it to my Rolling Stones' fan brother for his b-day. Good read, actually inspiring in a weird way.
MerdithJohnsJeffrey More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun. I don't think it is to be taken super-seriously, however there is a lot here that is on the level of the most popular self-help books in terms of solid advice. With the demise of a recent fairly young pop star (ie, Michael Jackson), and people asking how Keith outlived him, well, if you read this book, you might understand. There's so much philosophy and attitude to what has kept him going and being the archetypal survivor. There's some history, one recipe, lots of facts, some self-help advice from Keith, and mostly, there's lots of quotes, set up according to subject, just like in a typical Daily Affirmations book, on subjects from Courage to Addiction to Survival and Nutrition, plus some insults. Fun and recommended, most definitely for rock n roll fans.
mes More than 1 year ago
Keith Richards fans have found their Holy Grail! 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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It sucks ass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book tells lots
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Logan??????????
libertybell More than 1 year ago
Keith Richards may 'know' himself, but I was hoping for more. More depth, regret or maybe even rebirth. Found the book lacking.