Life - Keith Richards & James Fox

Life

By Keith Richards & James Fox

  • Release Date: 2010-11-12
  • Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 225 Ratings)
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Life by Keith Richards & James Fox

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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Book Reviews

  • Simply put the best Rock-n-Roll book ever produced

    5
    By SendingOutAnSOS
    Keith's honesty and story telling makes for a compelling book that's impossible to put down. This is a must read especially if happen to appreciate the greatest band of all time!
  • Life by Keith Richards

    5
    By Ashley Judd
    An arrow straight through the heart- open, true, full of love and plenty of Omg moments. Keith Richards is the heart and soul of the Rolling Stones. Thanks for the best book ever.
  • Keith has always been my Hero!

    5
    By dropdr
    Keith and I are almost exactly tens years apart by birth, with Keith being the eldest. I have always loved this band above all others. I took my twelve year old daughter to see "The Biggest Bang" at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA. It is a cherished moment in time. God Bless You Keith, and all of your lovely family and friends! Bill
  • Life

    5
    By Allen Wagner
    Awesome reading! Better than I had hoped for. Thanks for sharing your life, Keith. The truth was better than all of the media fantasy written over the years. What a ride!
  • An Exeptionally Great Autobiography.

    5
    By Earl C Grey
    Keith remembers it all, and tells all, in this romp of a memoir. 'Life' stands as one of the finest works of Rock & Roll journalism I've ever read. Forget any presuppositions you may have had, Richards writes with flair and eloquence, and the only time I felt disappointed was when I turned the last page. Long Live Rock & Roll, and Long Live Keith Richards. May he live long enough to give us 'Life, Volume II'. A great read! I couldn't recommend it more highly.
  • So much fun

    5
    By babbypantz
    Not since the Miles autobiography has there been a life's account quite as colorful, not to mention learning about some really special music...
  • Life by Keith Richards

    5
    By Tod D'Belpre
    I had been waiting for this book for a long time. I had always been in awe of the chops and licks Keith Richards puts down, how he could put songs together that just made me want to put a fist through the wall with all the emotion it dredged up inside of you. So, when this book came to press I was really curious, wondering if this was going to be like some Stones biopics, views from people who were on the periphery, who may or may not have an axe to grind. "Life", was a superb read thanks to Mr. Richards narrative prose. It was a strange feeling.... I think of Keith Richards as a hero. I means the things this guy has done blow me away. Now the corker is I'm starting the book, expecting to be read to by the author....instead, this guy just opens his heart to me and shares his life! I have never read anything like it! I bought the "Enhanced Version" through iBooks. What was really cool was that Keith was actually reading the last chapter....and not word for word, but sharing it....as if he was sitting next to you shooting the breeze! I remember an old Abby Hoffman book I "acquired" when I was a kid, called "Steal This Book!". It's probably illegal and out of print now with the way things are. If I could put a subtitle on "Life" by Keith Richards, it would be "Get This Book!" I mean come on... Do you really think Keith Richards would steer you wrong? It's wonking brilliant. Thanks Keith.
  • What a life!

    5
    By CorkyJones
    Stones fan and guitar player. Keith offers a lot for both sides. Quick read. Thanks Keith. Aloha.
  • Great read

    5
    By PatMdean
    It's only rock and roll but I like it!
  • Great book

    5
    By timothy martinez
    Can't put it down... The story behind the rock and roll.

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