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Life | Keith Richards
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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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DivineDiana
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Went to the Library to pick up my reserve. Lo and behold, a “buy one get one free”coupon for the Library Book Store was being offered for Library Week! How could I refuse? #libraryweek

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Christinak
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Cinfhen What a story, I bet!! 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Keith Richards‘ autobiography was surprising/unsurprising in its content and in its readability. I was fascinated and hooked - one of the favorite books I read the year it came out. Plus, he‘s a huge lover of libraries, so he‘ll always have a soft spot with me! #LustForLife #MarchIntoThe70s

JanuarieTimewalker13 I liked it too. I listened to audiobook, which I love to do with memoirs. 2mo
Lizpixie I call him & Iggy Pop the cockroaches of the music industry, you can‘t kill em with a brick!🦗 2mo
Librarybelle @JanuarieTimewalker13 Did Keith Richards read for the audio? Just curious - either way, it would be an interesting listen! 2mo
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Librarybelle @Lizpixie So true! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, portions of it!! 2mo
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Adam86uk
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Keith Richards is 75 today. Here's to his next 75 years.

Bklover Wow. That makes me feel OLD. 👵🏻 5mo
Adam86uk @Bklover To be fair, I'm 32 and Keith Richards makes me feel old 😂 5mo
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Tashreads
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#NewHogwartsAdventure #stone

The Rolling Stones and stoned 😜

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻🖤 8mo
vkois88 😂😂😂 8mo
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2BR02B
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#kindledeal heads up! I don't consider myself a Stones fan, so I wouldn't normally go for this memoir. However, the fact that in a recent interview with The Strand bookstore, Michiko Kakutani ranked it #5 out of the top seven best books she has ever reviewed, has more than piqued my interest.

sisilia I‘d purchase this for exactly the same reason 😅 10mo
Thndrstd I love that book 10mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I really enjoyed the audiobook of this one. He‘s something else! Voracious reader👌🏽 10mo
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britt_brooke
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My FIL is in town from Colorado so there‘s not much reading going on, but we‘ve been talking books a lot. He‘s a big reader, too. He recommended the tagged book so on the #TBR it goes! Anyone read it?

#booksandbrews #readharder #cheers

RadicalReader @britt_brooke love when in laws can be readers and provide hours of entertainment and scavenger hunts for sensational books 12mo
TheRiehlDeal To my TBR it goes! Sounds interesting! 12mo
BibliOphelia It‘s on my TBR! 12mo
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britt_brooke @RadicalReader It‘s definitely an added bonus! 12mo
britt_brooke @TheRiehlDeal Doesn‘t it? 🙌🏻 (edited) 12mo
AmberWB @britt_brooke read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keith Richards is very entertaining 😊. I would definitely recommend. (edited) 12mo
britt_brooke @AmberWB Good to hear - thanks! 12mo
OrangeMooseReads And now I have The Presidents of the United States song in my head lol 😆 12mo
TiredLibrarian "Keef" is a riot, and also surprisingly thoughtful. He's also a big public library supporter, and has a great personal library (you can Google pics). Definitely recommend! ??? 12mo
SleepyDragon I gave it to my Dad when it came out. There's an amazing photo of him in his impressive home library. 12mo
gossamerchild I listened to it. And though I'm not a Stones fan, I thought it was fascinating. 12mo
britt_brooke @gossamerchild Audio is a great idea - thanks! 12mo
rather_be_reading omg peach ale! 😍🍑🍑 11mo
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jdtchicago
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Why would you want to be anything else if you're Mick Jagger?

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jdtchicago
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Image is like a long shadow. Even when the sun goes down, you can see it. I think some of it is that there is so much pressure to be that person that you become it, maybe, to a certain point you can bear. It's impossible not to end up being a parody of what you thought you were.

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jdtchicago
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Great songs write themselves. You're just being led by the nose, or the ears. The skill is not to interfere with it too much. Ignore intelligence, ignore everything; just follow it where it takes you.

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Mick's album was called She's the Boss, which said it all. I've never listened to the entire thing all the way through. Who has? It's like Mein Kampf. Everybody had a copy, but nobody listened to it.

Suet624 😂😂😂 12mo
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jdtchicago
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Why do you do that to yourself? I don‘t know. I still don‘t know. Your skin crawling, your guts churning, you can‘t stop your limbs from jerking and moving about, and you‘re throwing up and shitting at the same time, and shit‘s coming out your nose and your eyes, and the first time that happens for real, that‘s when a reasonable man says, “I‘m hooked.” But even that doesn‘t stop a reasonable man from going back on it.

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I can‘t imagine what other people think cold turkey is like. It is fucking awful. On the scale of things, it‘s better than having your leg blown off in the trenches...better than starving to death. But you don‘t want to go there. The whole body turns itself inside out and rejects itself for 3 days. You know in 3 days it‘s going to calm down. It‘s going to be the longest 3 days in your life, and you wonder why you‘re doing this to yourself...

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jdtchicago
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The big rules of knife fighting are (a) do not try it at home, and (b) the whole point is never, ever use the blade. It is there to distract your opponent. While he stares at the gleaming steel, you kick his balls to kingdom come--he's all yours. Just a tip!

Suet624 Smart idea. 12mo
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jdtchicago
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[John] Belushi was an extreme experience even by my standards.

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And then I think we realized, like any young guys, that blues are not learned in a monastery. You've got to go out there and get your heart broke and then come back and then you can sing the blues.

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I take the view that God, in his infinite wisdom, didn't bother to spring for two joints - heaven and hell. They're the same place, but heaven is when you get everything you want and you meet Mummy and Daddy and your best friends and you all have a hug and a kiss and play your harps. Hell is the same place...but they all pass by and don't see you. There's no recognition. You're waving, "It's me, your father," but you're invisible...That's hell.

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jdtchicago
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What is it that makes you want to write songs? ...you want to stretch yourself into other people‘s hearts. You want to plant yourself there...It becomes almost an obsession to touch other people. To write a song that is remembered and taken to heart is a connection, a touching of bases... A stab to the heart. Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack.

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jdtchicago
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There's something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. It's really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it's all for one purpose, and there's no flies in the ointment, for a while. And nobody conducting, it's all up to you. It's really jazz__that's the big secret. Rock and roll ain't nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.

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julesG I like the way you're thinking 13mo
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1. One to four times a month, always on Saturday. Usually more for my 10 yr old. It's a small one, but has a decent children's section.
2 NYPL and/or Keith Richards' private library
3. None currently, but I often do request books from other branches.
4. Probably around 11 or 12.

#trivialthursday (a day late) @GarthRanzz

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1. I read Keith Richards‘ bio, Life, when it first came out and LOVED it. That man has lived.
2. Eddie Vedder & Pearl Jam ❤️❤️
3. I obviously love every Pearl Jam experience I have. However, Bruce Springsteen, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Garth Brooks are concert experiences that blew my mind.
4. No idea- there are so many. But Indifference by Pearl Jam is way up there.
#manicmonday
@JoScho

JoScho RHCP ❤️🙌🏼 13mo
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Christinak What a great review! 1y
rohit-sawant Fantastic review! 👏🏼 1y
DarcysMom @Christinak @rohit-sawant Thank you! 😁 1y
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DivineDiana Great review! Does Keith narrate the audio? 14mo
DarcysMom @DivineDiana He narrates some of it. The rest is Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley. 14mo
DivineDiana Sounds like a great audio! 14mo
DarcysMom @DivineDiana It really was. 😁 14mo
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Bostonmomx2 You‘re so good with your walks. 1y
DarcysMom @Bostonmomx2 Thank you! 😁 1y
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DarcysMom
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Tomorrow I will surpass 300 miles so far this year!
#audiowalk
#800in2018
#marchingfor90
#overdrive

Texreader Wow!!!! Congratulations! Keep up the good work!! 1y
DarcysMom @Texreader Thank you! ❤❤❤ 1y
RachelAmphlett You had me at Keith Richards 😍🎸 If you‘d like some Audible codes for your walk, I have some going spare for my detective series - you‘re most welcome to have them x 1y
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DarcysMom @RachelAmphlett That is very generous of you - I would love it! ❤ 1y
Reggie Congratulations!!! 1y
Heideschrampf I love trying to identify something in your walk-routes. To me, this one is a bucket with a lid. Maybe a honey pot 🍯 ? (edited) 1y
Mollyanna Congrats! That is wonderful! 1y
AmyG Wow! 1y
DarcysMom @Heideschrampf I love it! 😁 1y
Laura317 Good for you! 1y
melbeautyandbooks Way to go! 1y
RachelAmphlett @DarcysMom Wonderful - feel free to email me at info@rachelamphlett.com and I‘ll sort it out for you x 1y
DarcysMom @RachelAmphlett I just emailed you. ❤❤ 1y
DivineDiana Fantastic! What app do you use for your stats? 14mo
DarcysMom @DivineDiana I use Map My Walk. 14mo
DivineDiana Thank you! Those are some amazing stats! 14mo
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whatshesreadingnow 👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
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Julsmarshall I loved this audiobook! 1y
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AmyG This was a wonderful audiobook. 1y
DarcysMom @AmyG I am really enjoying it. 1y
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Christinak
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#marchinbooks #autobiography I loved this memoir. I listened to the audiobook (highly recommend) When I saw the prompt of (auto)biography I immediately thought of the story he tells of the impala #auto that were in when they were pulled over in Arkansas.

DarcysMom I just borrowed the audiobook. Thanks for the recommendation. 1y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Never expected to love this book, but I did. An interesting ride, love his honesty and sense of humor. I don't have much experience in music, and I was never a Stones fan, yet they've been around my whole life. Quite an education.

Abailliekaras I thought this was surprisingly good too! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Abailliekaras Yes!! I'm so happy I gave it a try. He cracked me up... 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Slow beginning, but then it gets interesting. I'm really not a big Stones fan, but I have to say I'm enjoying Keith's antics, philosophies and honesty. He's a reader, and this book is well written. It's a jolly good romp, thus far.

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goodbyefrancie I loved the Keith Richards book and Go Set a Watchman. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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LibrarianRenee
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Audiobook

RaimeyGallant Hi! We're playing #LibrariansForTheWin today. :) 2y
robinb Hi! You've been #smittenbylittens! #LibrariansForTheWin Day 😊 2y
LibrarianRenee Glad I could help 😀😜👍 2y
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Love this book - Keef is one of my guitar heroes, and there were some real laugh out loud moments in this memoir

#music #funny #memoir

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GioiaZombia
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What an amazing journey to go on! I grew up on The Rolling Stones because late father was a fan. I enjoyed every page of this book.

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MallenNC
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I don't have any books about #pirates but I have Keith Richards' autobiography. He's basically a rock n roll pirate, right? (Also it's Mick Jagger's birthday!) #sizzlinsummerbooks @Tiffy_Reads

feminismandyoga Well, he does play Captain Teague in 2 Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so I think he totally counts. 2y
MallenNC True. I haven't seen those two (only the first 2) but you're right! 2y
Purrfectpages Fun choice! 2y
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MLRio
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Heaven is when you get everything you want and you meet Mummy and Daddy and your best friends and you all have a hug and a kiss and play your harps. Hell is the same place–no fire and brimstone–but they just all pass by and don‘t see you. There‘s nothing, no recognition. You‘re waving, ‘It‘s me, your father,‘ but you‘re invisible. You‘re on a cloud, you‘ve got your harp, but you can‘t play with nobody because they don‘t see you. That‘s hell.

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DivineDiana
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Many years ago, my sister and I #joinedafanclub for The Rolling Stones. My mother did not approve. Do not own this book, but am on the lookout for a copy! #junetunz

Cinfhen Ooooh, I would love to read this too! ❤️🎵 2y
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500+ pages of Keith Richards might sound like a lot, but it‘s actually just enough, because he manages to tell the strange story of his life with equal measures of good humor, humility, and some of that swashbuckling bravado he‘s become so famous for. Those looking for prurient details are likely to be disappointed, though: he‘s frank but not gratuitous, which makes even his most outrageous anecdotes easy to swallow–and often hilarious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MLRio
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To write a song that is remembered and taken to heart is a connection, a touching of bases. A thread that runs through all of us. A stab to the heart. Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack.

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MLRio
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There‘s something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. It‘s really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it‘s all for one purpose, and there‘s no flies in the ointment, for a while. And nobody conducting, it‘s all up to you. It‘s really jazz–that‘s the big secret. Rock and rock ain‘t nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.

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MLRio
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Very cool to chat with some old hands in Hollywood record shops about their rock and roll heydays. #music #vinyl #records #keithrichards

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Dragon
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#celebrityautobiography #sparklingmaybookishdreams. With all the hoopla about Pirates of the Caribbean I couldn't help thinking about this book. I only made it half way through as I just could not connect with his story. Donated it so someone else could give it a try.

Izai.Amorim You probably weren't high enough (on drugs) to appreciate it😂 2y
Dragon Thanks @Izai.Amorim that very well could be the reason 😀 2y
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MLRio
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...thank God for recording. It‘s the best thing that‘s happened to us since writing.

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