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Life by Keith Richards
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Oct 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir-biography-journal

When my oldest brother came home from college for Thanksgiving in 1965 he brought a stereo and a stack of record albums including The Rolling Stones Now! and England’s Newest Hit Makers. I can remember listening to those albums for the first time (wow, 45 years ago?) like it was yesterday and I’ve never wavered in my devotion to the Stones’ music. So I was very excited to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint.

This is not a history of the Rolling Stones (poor Bill Wyman gets, I think, just 3 mentions in the entire 550+ pages). Rather it’s the story of Keith’s love affair with music, his struggles with addiction, and his relationships, mostly with other musicians. He’s a good and honest story teller, who is also quite funny and generally likeable. Now I really wish that Anita Pallenberg would write her memoirs, although she has said she won't do so.

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