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Life by Keith Richards
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Jul 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir-bio-rock

Did y'all know that Keith Richards is a huge booklover and once wanted to be a librarian?

Aug - I finally decided this was the quintessential summer read so read it on our camping trips. Having been a fan since the Stones first came on the scene (I vacillated between loving them and the Beatles) I was interested in learning more about the early days and how he has managed to stay alive (we are all aware that he looks like the living dead). I also wanted to know more about the song writing process and was a little disappointed that there weren't more details, but what he did write was fascinating. There was way more information about his drug use and busts than I really cared to spend time reading but he did talk lovingly about his personal library and favorite authors which warmed my heart. He also came across as a fairly lovable and caring fellow although he could get himself into some pretty good scraps. He was also honest about his relationship with Jagger even describing Mick's lack of, well, a few of his attributes.

All in all I enjoyed reading this although I did skim parts of it but do have to admit he has a way with phrases and words. I took off a star as he could have used a better editor, but then “Keef” is a pretty tough bugger and would probably kick any editor’s ass that tried to shorten his ramblings.
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July 3, 2010 – Shelved
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: memoir-bio-rock

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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol This is one of those someday books for me. It has had such great reviews and yours certainly encourages for anyone trying to decide if they should take the plunge. My director has been listening to this throughout the summer and loving it too.

Librarian, huh! Good you just imagine...

William Torgerson I was so surprised at the works of literature he alludes to. I'm a fan of this book.

message 3: by Mark (new)

Mark Ireland One of my favurite Keith stries s he once fell off a ladder n hs library gettng a philosophy book, not exactly how you magine Keith injuring himself, considering the life he has lived

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