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Tuesday
Dec282010

Keith Richards: a true life story

Welcome back. For me, the great joy of the week after Christmas is having the opportunity to do absolutely nothing, apart from eat, drink and read.

Top of my 2010 Christmas reading list is Keith Richards' Life. I should finish it this afternoon and I can't tell you how much I am enjoying it. And I'm not the only one.

Writing in the Telegraph today Boris Johnson reveals that not only was he too given the book as a present, but it has convinced him that Richards should be given a knighthood.

I cannot think of another member of the British artistic, cultural or media world who has done so much or who has so widely penetrated the global consciousness. David Attenborough? Stephen Fry? He knocks them into a cocked hat, to say nothing of the politicians and quangocrats who will cart off the gongs next week.

I'm not a great fan of the Rolling Stones but reading Life I have to agree. Full article HERE.

Reader Comments (2)

If for nothing else, Keith deserves a knighthood for re-introducing - together with his fellow Stones - American middle-class youth to the glories of Black American Blues, for rescuing Muddy Waters from ill-earned obscurity, and for helping in the development - together with John Mayall, Alexis Korner, Peter Green, Eric Clapton et al - of that wondrous musical hybrid that's come to be known as 'English Blues'. For defying the Laws of Healthy Living by adopting the principle of Living Dangerously. And for being as different from Andrew Lansley as it's possible to get.

December 28, 2010 at 16:59 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

So nice to hear that there are other people out there who relish in dear ol' Keef, other than my wife, Frances. Only kidding of course, as I also think Keef is just great. But It has been worrying me somewhat, when every night, as my wife is lying in bed reading this book, she keeps on relating almost every single line to me, "listen to this bit" or "guess what he did then" etc., etc.

She won't listen to me when I try to read out something from my book about Doctor Johnson.

Should I be jealous I ask myself, or could this be just a teenage thing, which she will eventually grow out of?

December 28, 2010 at 18:07 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thurgood

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