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Life by Keith Richards
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Nov 14, 2011

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bookshelves: nonfiction, memoir, music
Read in November, 2011

Worth reading if you're interested in the band, in the evolution of rock & pop, or just in the amazing adventures of Keef hisself.

Breezy, mostly lightweight retelling of the high points of going from hardscrabble adolescence to co-founding the biggest, baddest band in the world in a very short time. The writing is uneven - parts of the book sound like Keith talking, and parts sound like a ghost writer re-phrasing Keith's recollections.

Very candid about sex and drugs as well as rock n roll (how did I not notice or hear about the five-string business before?!). Interesting that Mick gets so little ink in the book until the last hundred pages, when Richards starts talking about the tension that grew between them as the 70s wore on and the band evolved into an enterprise.


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