Life - Keith Richards & James Fox


By Keith Richards & James Fox

  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Size: 11.29 MB
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Behind the guitar

    By Maureen.Anastasia
    A riveting combination of introspection and egotism. Drug addict, family man, violent, dedicated friend, careless and careful. He keeps your head spinning.
  • Good, solid read.

    By Freddie Tanaka
    The stories are great, and the prose moves along briskly. If you’re a Stones fan, you should check this out.
  • Writes as good as he plays.

    By JoeInJamaica
    I'd half expected a simple rhyme on "sex, drugs and R &R", but not so. At half way through the reading of it, this book works as well as Mr. Richard's playing, and that's pretty good in a stylistic way. He seems to work well with a back and forth with others, so i'm not sure which of the authors is responsible for what, but the book was more than i expected, both in terms of insightful stories told with a nice conversational tone, some decent self reflection and insightful perspectives. Great passages on music, society, personal journeys, enough else. "Good show", at least if you've any interest in the topic of rock as a subject of prose. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that he/they write so informatively, since, from the reading, it seems Mr. Richards kept "journals" throughout his life and, as with music, writing "demands practice".
  • Good about the band, but then ...

    By Jobar_12
    "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me" ... but wait, what if you didn't? You'd be the subject of "Life." If you ever played in a rock band, took it on the road, enjoyed some regional popularity, played a stadium, or spent hours dialing back records to figure out who's playing what (especially if it never crossed your mind that the guitar wasn't in standard tuning), you'll like this book for the parts about the band. Then there's the parts, seemingly endless narratives about drugs and other stuff. It gets tedious. Yet another person addicted to fame writing about addiction to drugs and especially with so little insight to the havoc in the lives of others. Skimming helps, but you have to watch for a nugget slipped in here and there.
  • Keef...Oh Keef, unguarded and mind blowingly open.

    By Todd610
    The best book I've read this of the few memoirs that surpassed my expectations and a roller coaster from start to finish. After reading the first few chapters I had the feeling that maybe the stories would get less crazy as Keef aged and matured.......ah,......not so much!!! Loved it and reread it would make a great movie.
  • Excellent if you're a Stones fan

    By Newshound 472
    Being a Stones fan since the late 60's this review might be a bit biased. The only downside for me was at times the writing was a little confusing. Going in and out of stories. But the substance was there. The fact that he can write and remember some of that time is remarkable with the aid of a diary. One thing i found particularly interesting was the way some songs came about. From the ideas to the lyrics. I can see why Mick would be upset at some of the things said but like Keith explains it was his perspective. And most of what he said was probably true. And the fact of the matter is Mick would be a nobody without Keith and vice versa. He admits some non flattering things about himself as well. Which is oddly commendable. Explaining why he survived heroin and his love affair with the stuff and his anger problems. His stormy relationship with Mick. But he didn't talk too much about Mick's womanizing and family life so Mick should be happy about that. He's a one of a kind which is not a particularly a good thing but an interesting one. Definitely worth a read.
  • :)

    By MonkeyJoe
    Great to know
  • Rock's Best Memoir

    By Orlando Local
    It's an engaging story behind one of the biggest rock & roll bands in history. Unlike some other rock memoirs, it's well written without losing his own voice. I learned things about Keith I never knew, and it helps me understand him better, why he made some of his choices, and how it affected his music. I love this book.
  • Life

    By SwitzerNYC
    What a joy to read. Keith Richard's....wish I knew you personally after reading your bio.
  • Life

    By lbl2ride
    Incredible to be able to get the personal side of a life you saw, and heard, for your ( my ) whole adult life. The Stones music is beyond amazing (which I listened to via headphones while reading!) To be able to read what was going on during the creation of their music- from Keith's perspective- is worth every word of this book! I want more-( Mick's input )! Keith did a great job of getting other's input when he could. I want to know more, to read on....