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Life (2010)

de Keith Richards

Altres autors: James Fox

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Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life. He tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane; his listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones' first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as outlaw folk hero, creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." He discusses falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones, his tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction, as well as falling in love with Patti Hansen, and his bitter estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. He talks about his marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos; the road that goes on forever.… (més)
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I enjoyed "getting to know" Keith Richards through this book. I'm not particularly a Rolling Stones fan and I couldn't tell you exactly why I chose to read a book about him, nevertheless, it was a good story and it was told well. His world is very different from mine and I enjoyed seeing life from his perspective, although there was quite a bit of overlap with my world concerning his views on education and we also like a couple of the same authors. ( )
  EmilyRaible | Sep 27, 2022 |
The prediction has been floating around for decades that, following WWIII, the only creatures remaining will be cockroaches - and Keith Richards. By the end of this book I had concluded that might just be true. Richards has survived more near-death experiences, whether self-inflicted or accidental, than any half-dozen randomly selected individuals, all while making amazing music.

As celebrity biographies go, this is in the top tier. There is an authenticity of tone that puts it at a remove from most ghost-written bios. I found the early sections of the book, where Richards describes post-war life in the London area, his family's background in music, and his struggles with academic institutions, particularly interesting.

The stories relating how the Rolling Stones came together as a group and their early recordings also resonated with me, probably because their hits were part of my adolescence. (Although Richards gives short-shrift to the Stones' recording of As Tears Go By, I can still recapture the anguish of my 15-year-old heart just thinking of that one.) I bought all their albums beginning with the Sticky Fingers, and I appreciated their growing musicianship, especially how tightly they worked together as a group, throughout the 70's.

But in the book, as with the music, I began losing a bit of interest toward the end of the 70's. The tales of drugs and self-destructive behavior went beyond mind-boggling into mind-numbing and left me feeling kind of icky. The casual misogyny also began to wear on me. Richards makes it clear that he has loved his wives and various other women, but he also refers to other women in terms that he clearly wouldn't use for, say, ethnic minorities.

Eventually he gets clean, falls in love with and marries Patty Hansen, and the story takes a more positive turn. As I read I felt incredibly sorry for his son Marlon's seriously bizarre childhood and adolescence, although he does seem to have turned out reasonably well despite all that.

Richards offers us lots to like about himself. He loves books and dogs, and places enormous value on friendship. He takes pains to give credit to Mick Jagger for his part in their musical collaborations and for his support of Richards during his drug and legal travails, but its no-holds-barred on other matters.

I was confused on one point of fact. Richards makes a point of saying that the Stones didn't start doing stadium concerts until the 1980s, but I distinctly remember seeing them at Rich Stadium outside Buffalo in 1979. Just checked it out online and the attendance was 77,000. Not exactly a club gig.

A few shortcomings, but if you're a Stones fan, this is a must-read. Ditto if you're interested in the history of rock music.

pps - Narration is split between Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley and is overall excellent. ( )
  BarbKBooks | Aug 15, 2022 |
Engaging, humorous, and everything you'd expect from Keef. ( )
  vpor1222 | Jul 21, 2022 |
A train wreck and a Late Late Night TV talk show, on some kind of a loop, in slow motion, with a self-satisfied, often geniusly sagacious host narrating, color commentating, and analyzing the train and the wreck as they smash along, enlisting special guests to take turns confirming the wrecky-ness of the train and the things it smashes on its way. Should not have been endearing. Well-titled Life (by Keith Richards). (I have a great feeling the audio version was the way to go.) ( )
  rinila | Feb 25, 2022 |
I LOVED this book! Richards tells his story in such a conversational style, it makes you feel you are sitting across the table enjoying a few drinks with him. He is an artist who greatly honed his craft, and was fortunate to have known some great musical influencers in his life. He was very serious about improving musically and educated himself throughout his life. Richards is a great lover of literature, and has a huge library in his home. He goes into great detail about his musical roots and his journey with the band. He tells it like it was about his drug use, no mea culpas or excuses here. I find myself listening to all the music he describes in a much more nuanced way, really understanding how he wanted it to be heard. His stories about various blues musicians were great and I even found a playlist on Spotify that lists every song he mentions in the book. Great playlist! If you love music, particularly the blues, the book is a treasure trove of information and anecdotes. When you finish the book, you will feel like you have just finished a great conversation with an old friend. ( )
  lonetree1972 | Jun 1, 2021 |
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Troligtvis är det mesta sant då det gäller denna 68-årige gitarrhjälte. En sann bad boy med ibland överdriven smak för livets goda – och dåliga. Man behöver inte bläddra allt för många sidor innan den ena anekdoten radas upp efter den andra. [...] Den engelska originalversionen av boken ger en mer rättvis känsla av Keith Richards berättande. Svenska översättningen räcker inte riktigt till och den torra brittiska humorn blir inte lika framträdande.
afegit per andersocheva | editaNostalgia Special (#3 2011), Jonas Andersén (Sep 2, 2019)
 
If you can remember the Sixties, blah blah blah. Boy can Keith Richards remember the Sixties, which is great. The real miracle is that he can remember the Seventies, considering that Keith’s poison was heroin, which would surely make performing in a high-energy band quite difficult, let alone raising two children, with a heroin-addicted Anita Pallenberg. So the very existence of this book is a marker against the ravages of time. It suggests that Richards’s memory is fresh in a way that his face isn’t. His memory has had a little help: there are letters he sent to relatives, and even a diary, as well as testaments from friends and garnering from other people’s memoirs. Goodness, there’s enough material to start an archive in somewhere like Texas, or for Andrew Motion to contemplate an official biography. For now, though, we have a lot of kind, perhaps even indulgent, transcription from James Fox.
afegit per lkernagh | editaThe Telegraph, Tom Payne (Nov 5, 2010)
 
The survivor's story is one of the predominant narratives of our time. It usually traces a familiar arc from excess through despair to redemption, and, as such, allows us to enjoy the vicarious thrill of voyeurism within the framework of a cautionary or salutary tale. Life by Keith Richards, the most famous survivor of them all, breaks with this tradition insofar as it contains excess aplenty but hardly any despair and very little redemption. Keith did it all, had a hell of a good time, and survived to brag about it.
afegit per lkernagh | editaThe Guardian, Sean O'Hagan (Oct 31, 2010)
 
Mick Jagger has always looked -- will always look -- like Mick Jagger. But try to connect the glum schoolboy-guitarist of early '60s black-and-white pics with the Keith Richards of today. A heap of living and occasional bouts of near-dying have gone into that flayed, weathered, kohl-eyed visage, whose topography suggests a moonscape irrigated with Jack Daniel's. After half a century on the road, Richards has the face he deserves -- but not, it appears, the brain. Against all pharmaceutical odds, he has held on to a substantial portion of his own history and has turned it into the most scabrously honest and essential rock memoir in a long time....And yet here he is, defiantly alive, and defiant in every other respect, too, his language just as politically incorrect, his judgments every bit as summary.
afegit per JeffPgh | editaThe Washington Post, Lou Bayard (Oct 28, 2010)
 
“Life” is way more than a revealing showbiz memoir. It is also a high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock ’n’ roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States. It’s an eye-opening all-nighter in the studio with a master craftsman disclosing the alchemical secrets of his art. And it’s 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.
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Richards, Keithautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Fox, Jamesautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Depp, JohnnyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hurley, JoeNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lindert, Jolanda teTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nilsson, BennyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Olsson, LinnéaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life. He tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane; his listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones' first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as outlaw folk hero, creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." He discusses falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones, his tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction, as well as falling in love with Patti Hansen, and his bitter estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. He talks about his marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos; the road that goes on forever.

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