"People say 'why don't you give it up?' I don't think they quite understand. I'm not doing it just for the money, or for you. I'm doing it for me." – Keith Richards
A visit from John Lee Hooker during the X-Pensive Winos tour, San Francisco, 1993.
Photo by Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.
Waiting to go on with Ron Wood and the New Barbarians, Los Angeles, May 1979, with Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, drums (next to Ronnie), and Stanley Clarke, bass (next to me).
Henry Diltz/Morrison Hotel Gallery
Early US tour, where the audiences were kept well away. Ratcliffe Stadium, Fresno, California, May 1965.
Blue Lena, my Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
Photo by Gered Mankowitz
The tour of 1972. Somewhere in the USA.
Photo by Ethan Russell
A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his own mind, and done his own thing.
Reluctant outlaw, rock 'n' roll's unparalleled hellraiser, and one of the greatest guitar gods of all time, Keith Richards has forged a life that most of us can only imagine--and often envy. And amazingly he's lived to tell about it. Now, at last, in his own words, the ultimate rock Icon gives us the definitive rock autobiography.
In Life, in his own raw, fierce voice, the man himself tells about life lived fast and hard in the creative hurricane--from his early days as a young boy growing up in a council estate, listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, to taking the guitar to its absolute limit and joining forces with Mick Jagger to form The Rolling Stones.
With unflinching honesty, he reveals all the highs and lows of rock 'n' roll, from the meteoric rise to fame and the notorious drug busts to the women, drinking, and heroin addiction that made him infamous. The living legend chronicles how he created the revolutionary, high-octane riffs that defined "Gimme Shelter" and "Honky Tonk Woman," his affair with the equally infamous Anita Pallenberg (the mother of three of his children), and the tragic death of Brian Jones. From falling in love with Patti Hansen to his tumultuous relationship with Mick, we follow Keef on the ultimate road trip we have all longed to know more about--of an unfettered, fearless, on-the-edge life lived to the fullest.
"Levitation is probably the closest analogy to what you feel — whether it's 'Jumping Jack Flash' or 'Satisfaction' or 'All Down The Line' — when you realize you've hit the right tempo and the band's behind you. It's like taking off in a Lear Jet." — Keith on Levitating