Many fans of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards wonder how he's managed to survive the last half-century of raucous rock and roll behavior and drug use. This suspicion is only intensified after reading Life, his 2011 autobiography.
Richards has always been just who he is, leaving the facades for others and choosing instead to just be himself. His open honestly is evident in Life, when he discusses not only the tunes made famous by his legendary band but the men behind them. Keith writes about his past addictions at length, and the isolation both his drug use and the band's fame brought. The book even includes many pictures from Keith's personal collection. These are available as a PDF download with the audiobook version on Life.
Richards talks about the early days of the Rolling Stones, when the band did a lot more listening than playing. He, along with vocalist Mick Jagger and fellow guitarist Brian Jones, would sit for hours dissecting and digesting records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. From there, they developed their own sound, and formed a band to play the music the y loved.
Jagger and Richards soon found they worked well together as a songwriting team, and the Rolling Stones were born. He offers a look at their rise to fame and all of the events of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s that contributed to their legendary status.
Richards wrote Life with help from journalist James Fox. Fox is best known for his book about an infamous 1941 murder in Kenya called White Mischief. His other works include Five Sisters: The Langhornes of Virginia. He has also worked as a reporter for London's Sunday Times.
The Life audiobook is narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley.
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’
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. Download and start listening now!