Author(s): Keith Richards
Keith Richards' once-in-a-generation memoir recounts one of the most eventful, influential and closely watched lives of modern times. No other major rock band has been creating music and magic together so continuously. They recorded some of the most enduring songs of our times including 'Satisfaction', 'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'Start Me Up', written by Keith and his writing partner and Stones vocalist Mick Jagger.Born in Dartford in Kent in December 1943 in the same cottage hospital as Jagger had been delivered five months earlier, Keith's personal roots were in the south of England. But his musical roots were in R&B and it was this that brought him together with Mick, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones. From the first tiny club gigs where there was barely room to shake and rattle, never mind roll, the band soon gravitated to huge international stadiums with its groundbreakingly dramatic act. This is the story of The Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the world as only Keith can tell it. He describes not only how the music evolved but supplies the truth and context to the tales of sex, drugs, guns, more drugs and of course rock n'roll and the timeless music that have helped define the band's international reputation.
The definitive sex, drugs and rock n'roll memoir Unique insider account of composing, recording and playing in the Rolling Stones for 45 years.
'Life is pretty faultless as the quintessential depiction of the man in full and his extraordinary life and times to date.' -- Nick Kent THE TIMES 'Addictive reading' VOGUE 'This autumn's best entertainment comes from the notorious Rolling Stones' guitarist in this tell-all memoir... All the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are there - let the fun begin!' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE 'Richards has written an opus on a lifetime of brutal honesty, an all-encompassing account of what it's been like to be one of the coolest rock stars in the world.' THE ATLANTIC 'Keith comes across as a thoroughly decent man, with just a hint of the devil. His relationship with Jagger is complex and fascinating...' -- Pete Clark EVENING STANDARD 'Electrifying... the intimate and moving story of one man's long strange trip over the decades, told in dead-on, visceral prose without any of the pretense, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits.' NEW YORK TIMES 'an absolute blast... mesmerizing. It is like being button-holed by a piratical ancient mariner with amazing tales to tell. But Life offers much more than vicarious thrills. It captures the true spirit of rock and roll... It also movingly captures Richards's extraordinary love of music...and perhaps more surprisingly, his manifest decency as a human being...how good is it that this hugely endearing rock and roll legend...is able to describe his extraordinary life with such honesty and panache.' -- Charles Spencer THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'The 500-plus pages of Life throb with energy, pulsate with rhythm and reverberate with good stories... densely textured, vivid and utterly charming autobiography - far better-written and more coherent than anyone could have hoped' -- John Walsh THE INDEPENDENT 'a fascinating book; by turns appalling, rambling, hilarious and even surprisingly touching... Life is an important addition to rock literature, giving fresh insights into the working dynamic between Richards and Jagger... Life crackles with the authentic, likeable voice of a man who is not what you think' -- Jan Moir DAILY MAIL 'the very existence of this book is a marker against the ravages of time. It suggests Richards's memory is fresh in a way that his face isn't...funnier than Spinal Tap's reminiscences of their native Squatney... And he can be tender, too... There's a junkie-artist frankness throughout, coupled with a refusal to omit things: how he plays the guitar, how post-gig coupling works, and his recipe for bangers and mash (don't try it at home).' -- Tom Payne THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'from music to Mick, and from drugs to deaths: Richards holds little back in his immensely readable memoir' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Must Read' 'Keith Richards's autobiography Life has resulted in a huge outpouring of adoration for 'the human riff' - much of it well deserved... The entire world currently seems to be in love with this charmingly gnarled relic.' -- Suzanne Moore MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Life, as it's very aptly titled, is testament to not just a man with a superhuman constitution, but a passionate discourse on the nature of rebellion, how to take every day as it comes and, yes, live life to the full... Richards' guitar playing and music making are inseparable from how he conducts every other aspect of his life. It's this very attitude, indeed commitment, that comes across as remarkably refreshing. He's the ultimate pirate adventurer and outsider.' -- Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR 'Life is a riveting, exhilarating read... With brutal honesty Keith spills all, taking in his childhood in grim, post-war Dartford, Kent, and 50 turbulent years of the Stones. It's all here - the drugs, the arrests, the bust-ups, the women and the music.' -- Simon Copeland THE SUN 'never boring... A rocking good read.' NEWS OF THE WORLD 'There is much to learn from Keith Richards' richly entertaining biography... This is the "Keef" of Rolling Stones legend: rascally, dangerous, witty; the ultimate rock-and-roll survivor.' -- Ludovic Hunter-Tilney FINANCIAL TIMES 'one of the most honest, amusing, no-holds-barred rock biographies I have ever read... informative and often amusing with no excuses or false contrition... there is something for everyone here, even a particularly good recipe for bangers and mash.' -- Barry Miles NEW STATESMAN 'One of the greatest rock memoirs ever...The title of Richards' book is a simple, accurate description on the contents: the 66-year-old guitarist's highs, lows and death-defying excesses, from birth to now, vividly related in his natural pirate-hipster cadence and syntax.' -- David Fricke ROLLING STONE 'A vivid self-portrait and, of the Stones and their musical era, a grand group portrait. Surely thanks in part to his co-writer James Fox, Richards shows a strong, sure authorial voice, acute in detail, passionate about his achievements in music and nearly always amused by his excesses, not least in having survived them...spellbinding storytelling.' -- Richard Corliss TIME MAGAZINE 'Entertaining...a slurry romp through the life of a man who knew every pleasure, denied himself nothing, and never paid the price.' -- David Remnick THE NEW YORKER
Keith Richards will be an improbable 65 in 2008, the year too of his 25th wedding anniversary. He continues to compose, play songs and tour with the Rolling Stones.