Life by Keith Richards & James Fox

77%

19 Critic Reviews

Keith's personality and attitude comes across in the book really really well, and we are given a wonderful insight into one of the most interesting characters of the 20th Century.
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Synopsis

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.



 

About Keith Richards & James Fox

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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.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 536 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 6

NY Times

Above average
on Nov 04 2010

If Keith weren’t such a brilliant character, the reader might weary of his hypocrisy.

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NY Times

Excellent
on Oct 25 2010

The book is...compelling and eloquently told.

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Guardian

Below average
on Oct 31 2010

The main problem with Life...is that too many of these tales have been told before...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Mar 06 2011

Keith's personality and attitude comes across in the book really really well, and we are given a wonderful insight into one of the most interesting characters of the 20th Century.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Feb 26 2011

...reading this book is just like an afternoon chat with the indefatigable Keith Richards about everything you want to know about the Rolling Stones.

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Jan 14 2011

When he talks about music, it is sometimes a bit technical for the non-musician...The book could use a little shaping and editing.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Andrew Stuttaford on Oct 29 2010

But preserving the illusions that feed the Rolling Stones franchise has made "Life" so much less interesting than it could have been..."Life" is impressionistic, something reinforced by its being structured as an extended monologue...a process helped along by a friendly collaborator, the accomplished journalist and writer James Fox.

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AV Club

Below average
on Nov 11 2010

Richards can be overly fond of his own myth, even as he punctures it. His account of his 1977 drug bust in Toronto...comes across as a blaring war story he’s unapologetic for.

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National Post arts

Good
on Nov 05 2010

Life won’t always give you what you want, but sometimes, you get what you didn’t even know you needed.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on Oct 27 2010

Richards mostly wants to prove that he not only has the best tunes, he also knows how to tell the best tales.

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LA Times

Good
on Oct 28 2010

... if it's some connection with the music that you're after, you might want to start right here.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
on Oct 28 2010

...the voice that emerges is unmistakably the dark lord's: growly and profane and black with comedy. And, for all that, surprisingly charming...

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The Telegraph

Excellent
on Nov 07 2010

...movingly captures Richards’s extraordinary love of music...and perhaps more surprisingly, his manifest decency as a human being.

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The Telegraph

Good
on Nov 05 2010

There’s a junkie-artist frankness throughout, coupled with a refusal to omit things...

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Oregon Live

Good
on Nov 06 2010

One milestone after another slides past as the old rebel tells stories and talks happily about how he tunes his guitar.

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The New Yorker

Good
on Nov 01 2010

Age has provided Richards with a little insight into his own contradictions.

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The Beachside Resident

Below average

Richards offers few revelations; both his life and the history of the Rolling Stones have been well documented...

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TimeFinders Magazine

Excellent

...I’ve never seen them in concert...However, reading Keith Richards’ Life does help to dull the pain and it’s a helluva fun trip too!

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Mike Doherty on Nov 03 2010

...best of all, the book shines new light on to a body of music that’s been so heavily scrutinized and analyzed, you’d think it was all played out. Life won’t always give you what you want, but sometimes, you get what you didn’t even know you needed.

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