I’ve been reading Life by Keith (his friends call him Keef) Richards. I recently finished Clapton and I gotta say the two books, by two great guitar pI’ve been reading Life by Keith (his friends call him Keef) Richards. I recently finished Clapton and I gotta say the two books, by two great guitar players who led similar lives (rock star) at the same time (60s London) and had the same addictions (heroin & alcohol), treasures (country mansions), and pleasures (blues music by black Americans), the books are really different.
I liked them both for their own reasons. Clapton describes the scene in London in the 60s, just the sheer numbers of rock and roll bands who started up and played together and supported each other and gigged together–from Hendrix to the Beatles–that was really fun, to see Clapton become a part of that.
Both Keef and Eric worked hard at the guitar, but Keef goes a bit more in depth about how he developed his songs (Mick wrote lyrics, Keef wrote the music and came up with the original spark, often the title or first line). Keef gets really technical about open chords and early recording methods and acoustic vs. electric. I played guitar ten years so I find it fascinating but I think anybody who isn’t a guitar player would be a bit lost, frankly.
What I love most about Life is its sound. A friend asked me if I thought KR used a ghost writer. Really, I don’t. He includes letters he wrote to relatives early on (in one he says “I met this guy named Mick Jagger…”) and the voice and tone has the same irreverent irony as the rest of the book.
*Note added 12/14: At the end of the book, in “About the Authors” a guy named James Fox is mentioned. I didn’t see his name on the cover, and I am reading a Kindle edition, which typically takes you to the first page of the first chapter. Now that I searched through the opening pages, it does say on the inside cover page in tiny letters “With James Fox.” Turns out Fox interviewed Richards extensively and then wrote the book. He maintained the flavor of KR’s voice IMO ...more
When I first bought this book, I bypassed my regular "try a sample" approach and just bought it. Love memoir, love writer's memoirs, love Eloisa JamesWhen I first bought this book, I bypassed my regular "try a sample" approach and just bought it. Love memoir, love writer's memoirs, love Eloisa James, buy! Then I started reading it and discovered that instead of a narrative, it was instead a book of blog posts from her year in Paris with her family. So, vingettes. Some were really short. I didn't feel a "through line" like in most memoirs. It was a little bit random. Then, not to far into it, I fell in love with the book. And I thought, wow, if I'd just grabbed the sample first, I'd have missed a terrific read. I'm not done with it yet...will add more. But really, really, love this one....more
I grabbed the sample of this for my Kindle and loved it so I bought it. So far, so good. Will say more after I finished.
Okay done. What a great book.I grabbed the sample of this for my Kindle and loved it so I bought it. So far, so good. Will say more after I finished.
Okay done. What a great book. I had never even heard of the PCT before I read Strayed's memoir about her hike over three mountain ranges. She walked alone for 1000 miles. It took months. And many adventures that would all be spoilers so I'll say no more about those.
There is something about a good redemption story. Strayed had been seriously messed up before she decided on this trip. She wanted to straighten out and see what she was made of...Wow. Wish there were 6 stars because that's how good this story was....more