Life (Enhanced Edition)

Life (Enhanced Edition)

by Keith Richards, James Fox
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Life (Enhanced Edition) by Keith Richards

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.Now at last Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him—part growl, part laugh—Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered and fearless and true. Richards' rich voice introduces the audiobook edition of LIFE and leads us into Johnny Depp's performance, while fellow artist Joe Hurley bridges the long road traveled before Richards closes with the final chapter of this incredible 23-hour production, which includes a bonus PDF of photos.

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ISBN-13: 9780316178723
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 130,767
File size: 131 MB
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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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Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 808 reviews.
Circulartime More than 1 year ago
As a long time Stones fan, I've seen them live in 4 different decades, 2 centuries and 2 milleniums, my biggest surprise was how accurate the unauthorised biographies are. Staight from Keiths mouth cleared up only a few minor details in his life story. Regardless though, I found the book very enjoyable. I would find myself alternating between rooting for Keith and then thinking he needs to grow up. I guess becoming an international pop star by the time he was 23 and then maintaining that status his entire adult life would tend to create a very different perspective on life. The absolute best parts of the book for Keith fans are the glimpses into his private life with his family. His brief account of owning and driving a Winnebago on a couple of family vacations was a bit of a shocker. I think thats in Revelations somewhere...
Mik3MF More than 1 year ago
"Keef" is a fascinating guy. Seems truthful and is insightful. Reads like a conversation with an interesting and disarming person. Not being a musician, the musings about his guitar playing and the music itself was not of interest to me, but I'll bet anyone who plays guitar will get it. I loved the book. Insights into his life and world were fun to read, but I cannot imagine living it. The biggest thing I found was that beneath all that "image" thing is a rather sensitive and intelligent person, despite the fact that he was so self destructive. Worth reading.
NookiewookieRS More than 1 year ago
I have always been a mere casual fan of the Stones, but intrigued by Keith's persona. Keith's character, rather than his music is what interested me in buying this book. This is a great read from cover to cover. I couldn't put it down. You don't need to be a huge Stones fan to enjoy this rockin' thrill ride. Keith's approach to life and the people around him provides a glimpse into a warmer, deeper side to the man behind the most famous rock mega-group ever. Oh, and he answers the question about whether he really snorted his father's ashes and what he was doing up in the tree on that tropical beach when he fell and injured himself. This is a great read. Buy the book!
CookieCKI More than 1 year ago
Awesome insight into the making of the greatest rock guitarist! He tells it "like it is", in his own words, giving credit where it's due - not just taking it all for himself. He did it all - and lived to tell the story! Thanks, Keith for sharing your story and your music!
nycsal More than 1 year ago
The Blues, the Stones, the Groupies, the Drugs, the Brilliance ... the Life. This book was wonderful and cost me more $$$ purchasing just a few of the Blues players albums Keith Richards described as inspirational. He is a gifted musician and able to explain the growth of rock and roll. He is never boring - impossible with that life - and I was up well past midnight. Riveting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only read the first two chapters, just a few hours after it was available for download. Now now it's way too late in the evening and I have to work in the morning; but I want to hear more stories from the tour, from the (post) war, and the Life. There are some guests a reasonable host will never turn away! P.S. I hope the nook will stop crashing during "add highlight or note" after the 1.5 firmware update.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me go back to the 60's- that unique time for so many,for the Rolling.Stones and 4 so.many other music great ones. Loved the book so much, I could almost re read it! Thanks Mr Richards for sharing so.candidly. ill have to try your recipe for bangers! :) Ps - stay off ladders! That was some nasty fall!
Laxmandas More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! If you are a musician, or love the process of writing a song, or learning a new chord on your guitar, this is well writen and a great source for your own creativity. If you're looking for scandal, it serves up, but the love of music takes presedence.
DrGucci69 More than 1 year ago
Many of us have joked by rhetorically asking is Keith Richards really still alive, or is he just pickled? I've had my lingering doubts about the Media's depiction of the wild life & times of Keith. I figured most of what we've read & heard has been urban legend to help promote the mystique and uniqueness of The Stones. Well,not so! Perhaps a more apropos title for this book would be "The 7 (or more) Unhealthy & Death-defying Habits of "High"ly Successful People". After reading the 1st 3-4 pages of "Life", you're hooked - so to speak. Keith eructates the history of his life line by line (all pun intended)in a matter of fact and in your face fashion. He's not writing to please anyone; he's just setting the story straight for the reader to take it or leave it. Saying that he doesn't care would be a misnomer, but saying he really doesn't give a s_ _ _ about what anyone thinks of his "Life" would be more of a fact. And why should he care? He's still standing and still playing in arguably the most famous Rock Band of all time. He's a Rolling Stone who gathers no moss and no toe tags!
Ghazala More than 1 year ago
This book is such an easy read and full of color stories! This is rock and roll at its finest! I read this book in 2 days it was so good! I recommend it very highly!
arkie20 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Stones fan and I always thought Keith Richards was out of control until I read this book. What a great read. Keith came off completely different than I thought, and in the end, It's all about the Music. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've allways loved the stones music, and now have a new view of where it all comes from kieth richards is very open about the life he leads suchas it is and you have to respect him for it. he doesn't appoigies for ant thing it's just way it is.he has given me a new respct for music and the people who write it. i'm sure i;ll pick it up and read it a few more times over the years
DougKaye More than 1 year ago
Finally! Keith has spoken. Like it, hate it, love it? It doesn't matter what anyone says. This is a must have for any fan. The Rolling Stones are a hugh part of my "LIFE" and I had to have this book! I will read it many times while listening to the music Keith has created for nearly half a century. It is a recollection of the days and nights we all dreamed about living. The "LIFE" of a true ROCK STAR! (I did find a small mistake however; In reference to the picture listed as "Diverting ourselves from the troubles in Toronto, 1977. Marlon and I rig up Scalextrics on the hotel bed." I do not believe that is Marlon Richards?! That is Ronnie Woods' son, Jesse Wood.) So, far the book is everything I hoped for and more!
readerpersonSR More than 1 year ago
I'm a Stones fan, and Keith Richards is the heart of the Stones! How this guy is still alive, I'll never know. What a freaking ride, on the roller coaster of life, this guy went on. From a poor skinny kid living in the crappy section of London, to Rock Royalty. Keith is doing all the speaking in this book, so you have to get with "London lingo" of the time. When I finished the book I felt like I could just have a beer with Keith and have an honest great time. He's not a Rock'n Roll phony, pampered, wining, wanna be. He simply fell in love with American Blues, and wanted to be in the best Blues Band in London. I'd say he sure did it!
JDGraz More than 1 year ago
As much as I love reading the biographies of modern icons. I found this example to feel a bit narrated. Do I think Keith wrote it. No. I think he dictated it. And it reads that way. Come on... Keith Richards? Really. That being said... I find it fascinating to look into a life of such successful excess. Yes the controversial comments about other contemporaries and collaborators are there. Yes the controversial examples of rabid drug addled neurosis are there as well. As well as the experiences and the "sacrifices" that HAVE to be made to become a standard of an art. The lifestyle choices that the rest of we mere mortals choose not to make. Enabling us to progress our lives into relative normality in comparison. Most of what I appreciate about reading of the lives of People like Keith is a likeness that we all share. We are all human, and express ourselves differently and with different phrasing. Much like the exceptional guitarist he is. We have all seen some of ourselves in his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entered noislessly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We should write review at the second res so if Kai or anyone wanted to answer to the comments their story would be delated!
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Okay im almost ready to tell you mine just a sec
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good stories from a creditable source. Recommended read.
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I am Belle. "Yes. I am here in the library!" I yell back to anna ~Belle
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What type of rP is this?
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