Once-in-a-generation memoir of a rock legend - the No. 1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.
'Electrifying' New York Times
'A masterpiece' The Word
'Funny, poignant, brutally honest' Sunday Telegraph
With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done.
Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child in post-war Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame and success as a bad-boy band. The notorious Redlands drug bust and subsequent series of confrontations with a nervous establishment that led to his enduring image as outlaw and folk hero.
Creating immortal riffs such as the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, 'Exile on Main Street' and 'Some Girls'. Ever increasing fame, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Mick Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Solo albums and performances with his band the Xpensive Winos. Marriage, family and the road that goes on for ever.
In a voice that is uniquely and intimately his own, with the disarming honesty that has always been his trademark, Keith Richards brings us the essential life story of our times.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Masterful and hilarious
“Mick started to go strange in about 1980”. With aplomb, Keith tells us his story with the help of James Fox, but with every word sounding Keith. This is one of those rare autobiographies where you can open to any page and find candour, humour, honest self-reflection, all while sucking you into the life of being the guitar player in the biggest band in the world. His love of music is foremost. His dealings with drugs and Anita Pallenberg, despite both almost killing him, are told with affection. And it is an affectionate story. he had problems with Brian Jones, Mick and his father, but there are no balck hats and white hats here. You come away from reading this book having found a new friend.
Its keith Richards
This is a great book, it turned out to be exactly what i was expecting and what I wanted. Great storys from a cheeky, talented artist who has lived more than most ever will.
Just awesome..... Luv ur work !
Couldn't put it down, keep on rockin...........