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Keith Richards

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By: Keith Richards

Narrarated by: Joe Hurley, Keith Richards, Johnny Depp

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.” Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones’s girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. 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 and fearless and true.

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Claire Zulkey


Claire Zulkey is the author of AN OFF YEAR, published in 2009 and nominated as one of the ALA’s 2010 Best Books for Young Adults. Since 2002 Claire has run the...more »

Keith Richards, Life
2010 | Label: Hachette Audio

Keith remembers it all — with a little help from Johnny Depp
It might be impossible to find a man who’s done as many bad things in his life who is as darn likable as Keith Richards. Much of the Rolling Stones guitarist’s biography has already been detailed in other reviews and articles (the snipes at Mick Jagger, the drug binges, the death of his infant son Tara), yet there is still much to discover and enjoy in the audiobook, read by Johnny Depp, growled by Joe Hurley and intoned by the man himself. What may be so surprising is that one of the modern world’s most famous scamps can summon so much self-deprecation as well as pleasure from the little things (shepherd’s pie, pet dogs) as well as the big things (speeding over the Mediterranean from the French coast to Italy for breakfast). Life is a fun listen even for those who aren’t Stones aficionados or even tremendous rock fans, although some perfunctory knowledge of the Stones’ hits will enhance appreciation for Richards’ musical digressions, of which there are many: even one of the Glimmer Twins still practices hero worship when it comes to his musical influences. Listening to Life is like sitting next to the most interesting man at the bar for several hours and living vicariously through him — only without the hangover.

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Hell of a Book...


I found this work to be really quite moving! As for the narrators, all are top notch. Sure, the switch to a new performer is unannounced, but does come between chapters, I feel it adds so much to the listen because of the different perspectives it offers at different times of Keith's life. Joe Hurley is absolutely incredible at clearly capturing the essence of Keith's manner of speaking. Maybe this appealed to me more as I am a musician. Of course the wild stories are fun and interesting, but what really moves me about this book are the times Kieth takes time to explain his approach to songwriting. With Keith's years of writing and understanding, he explains it so well. It was these areas of the book, and others about really listening to a song, or explaining what other artists meant to him at the time are where I found myself astounded by the richness of insight. Even if you don't like the Stones, if you're either a musician or fan of music, you need to download this book.

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Completely engrossing


As with another reviewer, I started out not as a die-hard Rolling Stones fan, but I found this audio version completely engrossing. Jarring is the use of different narrators, for unclear reasons. Johnny Depp starts out for a few chapters and does a wickedly funny impersonation of a drunken Southern judge. Most of the time his crisp well-enunciated diction is easy to follow. Then abruptly the narration changes to Joe Hurley, who is all swagger and at first a bit grating. But you have no choice but to listen on, and he grows on you. He totally inhabits Keith's mind and is a wonderful actor, appropriately snickering, sounding adoring, or sarcastic, at all the right places. I still hear him savoring "pure Merck cocaine" at different times in the book. Then suddenly it is back to Johnny Depp for the last few chapters, who by comparison sounds stilted. Finally, Keith himself wraps things up, not too bad, but a little slurred. The stories themselves are amazing.

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Great Book but not so Great Narrator


Terrific listen. When Johnny Depp or Keith himself narrate it's wonderful. Unfortunately most of the chapters are read by Joe Hurley imitating Keith Richards. Imagine Rory Bremner doing an impersonation of Keith Richards - it would be funny for about 12 seconds and then would start to grate. Joe Hurley narrates for about 70% of the book and you just have to learn to ignore his ridiculous vocal mannerisms. As I say it's a terrific book but hard work when Hurley's reading.

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I DLed this audio book for kicks and just wanted to hear some cool rock and roll stories.I wasn't a Huge Rolling Stones fan but all that changed. This book describes historic moment and defines a KEy moments in music history. I am now finding myself obsessed with the Stones and dusting of my old albums to listen with new and eager fascination and appreciation. Very fullfilling audio book.

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Almost great


There are parts of the book that are really outstanding but some that are really lacking, specially the ending that felt rushed. All-in-all a must read.

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