Now, at last, the man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones's first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." His relationship with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos, and the road that goes on forever.
With his trademark disarming honesty, Keith Richard brings us the story of a life we have all longed to know more of, unfettered, fearless, and true.
This was the first biography I picked up to read and OMG this was the book that kicked off my latest reading adventures in Rock bios. What a fantastically great read. The history, people, creative energy and humor this man has makes for a great read.
Keith chronicles his life history and musical career with the Rolling Stones in a way that makes you feel like you are listening to his actual words. This man has passion, drive and dedication to one thing – playing his guitar. Keith makes frank statements about his drug use, his relationship with Mick Jagger and some of the people he met and hung out with along the way. He uses his sense of humor to keep things interesting and actually makes you think that this guy would be a very interesting person to sit down and chat with.
This is a great starter book to chronicle timelines and history of very notable people in the music and art world as they both seem to intertwine with each, other especially in the 1960′s. It is a great introduction of names and people you will hear of in other biographies if you decide to read more about the rock world.
I definitely give this book a 5 star rating.