Life by Keith Richards
Love the cover photo from Life by Keith Richards. And, I admit, from not being a Rolling Stones fan and being on the young side to actually remember when they were on the charts, that's the image I went into Life with as being Richards.
From reading the book, he's actually very charming, interesting, and (dare I say it?) sexy. I always rather thought he made more sense as the "sex god" for the group than Mick Jagger, and this book seems to confirm that.
Speaking of Sir Mick, I can only guess he can't be too thrilled with the way he comes across in this book. In one word: narcissistic. Really, though, he isn't present in as much of the book as I expected.
This is truly Keith Richards' life story from his own perspective. You really feel like he's chatting away with you, the reader, sharing the good, the bad, and the random.
I did get a little overwhelmed with some of the sections on drugs/stupid behavior, but I guess that adds to the overall feeling of the book as being as honest as anything written about oneself can be for any of us.
If you're a Stones fan, I'd say it's a must-read. If not, it's still a very interesting look at an engaging rock star.
And the following quote from Richards, an avid reader, doesn't hurt my opinion:
When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.
My overall personal rating of Life is a B+.