The man, who by all appearances was embalmed years ago, has actually written his life story – and it’s getting boffo reviews! Yep, Keith Richards…the perennial bad boy of rock and roll…has penned his autobiography with the understated title, Life.
Book critics just can’t seem to say enough good things about it. Everyone seems impressed with his introspection, his candor and his coherence!
Here’s a few choice book review excerpts:
From the Telegraph U.K.:
Over more than 500 pages, its narrative only rarely fails to grip. Written in collaboration with James Fox (the author of White Mischief) I’d guess that Keef mostly talked and Fox merely tidied up the tape. The effect is mesmerising. It’s like being button-holed by a piratical ancient mariner with amazing tales to tell.
From the NY Times:
But “Life” — which was written with the veteran journalist James Fox — 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.
From the Washington Post:
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.
Who knew the guy still had it together enough to fully participate in a compelling narrative of his life. The only person so far who’s not gushing about Richards’s autobiography? You guessed it:
Richards told BBC 6 Music his band mates had given the recently published book, called Life, good reviews but Jagger had said it was ”a bit bitchy here and there”.
In Mick’s defense, Richards is pretty hard on the frontman, calling him “unbearable” and insinuating that Jagger has “a tiny todger.”
You don’t have to be British to guess what that means.