A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of a 2011 Audie Award
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2010
A USA Today Bestseller
A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2010
As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.
Now at last Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades—and what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar’s sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction making life an ever-faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger’s attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.
In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him, part growl, part laugh, Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered, fearless, and true.
Richards’ rich voice introduces the audiobook edition of Life and leads us into Johnny Depp’s performance, while fellow artist Joe Hurley bridges the long road traveled before Richards closes with the final chapter of this incredible twenty-three-hour production.
“One of the greatest rock memoirs ever.”
“Richards delivers recipe after recipe for everything rock ‘n roll, and let me say it’s quite an education…Reading Life is like getting to corner Keith Richards in a room and ask him everything you ever wanted to know about the Rolling Stones and have him be completely honest with you.”
New York Times Book Review
“Rollicking and raw.”
“Richards writes with disarming introspection
about his childhood, family, and fame. And it’s quite likely that no rock
musician has ever written so keenly about the joys of making music. With a warm
sense of humor and willingness to share his grief, Mr. Richards in Life defies almost every public
perception about him.”
Wall Street Journal
“The most scabrously honest and essential rock memoir in a long time…The voice that emerges is unmistakably the dark lord’s: growly and profane and black with comedy.”
“Richards is funny, sharp, and insightful…The book is an important addition to the canon of rock lit, chronicling not just the life of an iconic musician and a seminal band but a significant slice of the golden age of rock.”
“A fast-paced, pull-no-punches autobiography…Richards is at his best when digging into the reasons he plays music and how he creates it.”
“Dickensian street urchin meets A Clockwork Orange—it’s a great combo to tell the story of rock’s
Keith Richards was born in London in 1943. A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and cofounder of the Rolling Stones, he has also released solo albums with his band, The X-Pensive Winos. He was voted the tenth greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Patti Hansen.
- Publisher: Hachette Book Group
- ISBN-13: 9781607886457