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Keith: Standing in the Shadows

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Keith is the biography of Keith Richards, written by one of his old friends, Stanley Booth. Drawing on extensive, in-depth interviews, the book explores Richards’ relationship with Mick Jagger and the Stones, his views on his evolving craft, his experiences in the London music scene, and much more. Keith offers a personal study of the Rolling Stones legend, an “intimate po ...more
ebook, 212 pages
Published January 5th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 1994)
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"to me, the art of music is listening to it, not playing it.The real art of it is hearing it. And then if you have a facility and the opportunity that way then maybe you get around to playing it......"
"it's like paying your own rent makes a man out of you."
" those empty towns thats where you learn your craft."
" theres only one song anyway. Everything's just a variation."
"Nothing comes out of start to realize that music is the most subtle thing in the world for conveying ide
Al Maki
I'm a fan of Keith Richards, I think he's a great musician and in some ways he's an epitome of his (and my) era. I like Booth's book for two reasons. He witnessed many of the events described in Richard's own book Life so he provides a cross check on an unreliable narrator. The other thing I like is that when he quotes people he doesn't clean up their syntax so you get the actual speech.
Tony Funches
I used to work for & tour with Keith & The Stones, which is how, where & when I met Stanley. Given that fact, I safely state that Stanley is Dead-On Accurate with everything written in this book; I was there & witnessed much of it, as Stanley mentions on page "Somethin' or Other" ... It is not possible to get better information than this.
has some pearls of wisdom that elevate this far above the standard rock bio.
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Please see the following web page for an excellent article on the life & career of Stanley Booth:
More about Stanley Booth...
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