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Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as “Gus,” who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith’s daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story.

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  • “The story of grandparental attachment and personal growth is beautifully told and in no way relies for its impact on the fact that we’re getting it from the mouth, or keyboard, of Keith Richards…I think this book will resonate with both children and the gatekeepers of children’s books.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Decades before he became superstar lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones and a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Keith Richards was a little boy strumming with a new instrument. Almost from the first, he had an expert mentor: His gentle granddad Theodore Dupree was the member of a jazz big band. In this autobiographical illustrated book, Richards pays tribute to his grandfather (and, in significant ways, to all grandfathers).”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “The accompanying CD proves Richards is as adept at telling bedtime stories as he is performing on stage.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • "[The story] is all told so naturally and with such sweet verve that readers may not notice that this is the legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones…A CD of the author reading the story and playing a bit of ‘Malagueña’ is included, and it is pretty wonderful, too…A story of family love and lore and the magic of music personified in a way that’s utterly accessible to children—and their dazzled parents.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Author and narrator Keith Richards, of the Rolling Stones, wins the listener over easily with his working-class English accent and unmistakable fondness for his topics—his first guitar and his beloved grandfather, Gus…Richards intersperses bits of ‘Malagueña’ in appropriate spots throughout the seven-minute story. And during a remembered visit to a London music shop, musician Steve Jordan, known for his collaborations with Richards, plays drums. Richards collaborated with other authors, but this is obviously his story, imbued with familiarity, warmth, and sincerity. We even get to hear him chuckle. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This rocks, though the effect is more like being rocked in a grandparent’s arms.”


  • “The author is keenly aware that his musical accomplishments will mean little to the book’s target audience and focuses entirely on his childhood, rather than on his later career. Back matter gives readers some basics on his life, including the charmingly humble statement, ‘Keith later began playing in a band with a group of friends, including Mick Jagger. They called themselves the Rolling Stones.’ He relates his experiences spending time with Gus, who took the boy on walks and gave him his first guitar, which started a lifelong passion for music. There’s little of the hilariously snarky Keith that adult readers will know from his autobiography, Life; written in free verse, the text is tender, though never cloying, and both the author’s love for music and his grandfather come through…A gentle story celebrating the importance of family.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Keith Richards

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.