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In 1992, Victor Bockris's celebrated biography was the first to recognize Richards's pivotal role in the Stones' legend. Now that book on rock's most incredible survivor has been expanded to accommodate ten more years of his storied life.


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In 1992, Victor Bockris's celebrated biography was the first to recognize Richards's pivotal role in the Stones' legend. Now that book on rock's most incredible survivor has been expanded to accommodate ten more years of his storied life.

30 review for Keith Richards: The Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Well, as a person who is a huge Keith fan, I really liked this. Some new info that I hadn't heard. Of course, I take it all with a grain of salt, because it was not an authorized bio, but he did talk to people who were part of Keith's life (Anita, although does she remember anything, who knows?). Anyway, the overall picture of Keith is the one that I like to imagine him as -- just a really charismatic person, who doesn't think of himself as a star, just wants to play music to be happy. If you've Well, as a person who is a huge Keith fan, I really liked this. Some new info that I hadn't heard. Of course, I take it all with a grain of salt, because it was not an authorized bio, but he did talk to people who were part of Keith's life (Anita, although does she remember anything, who knows?). Anyway, the overall picture of Keith is the one that I like to imagine him as -- just a really charismatic person, who doesn't think of himself as a star, just wants to play music to be happy. If you've never read anything about Keith this book would be the one to read, until his autobiography comes out. If you love him and have read alot, there won't be alot of new info about him, but the book makes you like him even more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Clearly, we should all eat more shepard's pie, since apparently that's Keith's secret. Well, that and old blues guitar music.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Saint Amy

    Everything you'd want to know bout Keif Baby.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Holtz

    I "borrowed" this book off the display shelves at R&B when I worked there. It has taken me this long to crack the cover. Thank God I did. What a read. During the '75 US tour Keith was lucky to get a visa to come into the country because he was in the thick of his heroin addiction. He was pulled aside by FBI agents and thought they were just going to arrest him. Instead, they had an interesting proposition. In order to prevent any unwanted, negative publicity to tour sponsors they offered to I "borrowed" this book off the display shelves at R&B when I worked there. It has taken me this long to crack the cover. Thank God I did. What a read. During the '75 US tour Keith was lucky to get a visa to come into the country because he was in the thick of his heroin addiction. He was pulled aside by FBI agents and thought they were just going to arrest him. Instead, they had an interesting proposition. In order to prevent any unwanted, negative publicity to tour sponsors they offered to provide Keith with pharmaceutical grade drugs. It's good to be Keef! There are also some great accounts of him falling over on stage and continuing to play as well as one time he got pissed at Ron Wood (for being a drugged out mess?!?) and he punched him out on stage. He just gets more interesting the more I read about him. There's also enough history to contrast the world they came from and just how they became the world's greatest rock and roll band.

  5. 5 out of 5

    East Bay J

    It’s been a long time since I read a Stones bio so, when I saw Bockris’ Keith Richards bio at my local library, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It was a fairly rewarding read. Richards is an interesting cat and, being a pretty big fan of his guitar playing and songwriting, I found myself eagerly burning through his life story. Bockris knows his subject and writes about it well. In fact, my only complaint about this book is that there isn’t enough about Richards’ guitar playing. I mean, it’s discu It’s been a long time since I read a Stones bio so, when I saw Bockris’ Keith Richards bio at my local library, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It was a fairly rewarding read. Richards is an interesting cat and, being a pretty big fan of his guitar playing and songwriting, I found myself eagerly burning through his life story. Bockris knows his subject and writes about it well. In fact, my only complaint about this book is that there isn’t enough about Richards’ guitar playing. I mean, it’s discussed throughout the book but, as music bios are so rarely written by musicians, they rarely get to the depth a musician would enjoy. Maybe bio authors figure they should write for the larger audience. I dunno. It leaves me feeling like I skipped lunch. This bio is interesting, regardless and works well as an overview of the life of Keith Richards. What a crazy guy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I was expecting so much more from this book!!! I know there is another book and I prob got the two mixed up..(thought this was gonna have the same stuff... I mean it's a book on 1 MAN!!!) But this was all stuff everyone knows... They could have did so much with this story, This mans a ROCK ICON!!! From one of the most highly respected, influential, one of the best bands and they made his story BORING.... (I think he is one of the most over the top guitarists in music EVER!!! The mans been on a li I was expecting so much more from this book!!! I know there is another book and I prob got the two mixed up..(thought this was gonna have the same stuff... I mean it's a book on 1 MAN!!!) But this was all stuff everyone knows... They could have did so much with this story, This mans a ROCK ICON!!! From one of the most highly respected, influential, one of the best bands and they made his story BORING.... (I think he is one of the most over the top guitarists in music EVER!!! The mans been on a list for people betting when he's gonna die for DECADES!!!! ) Just felt that this book feel short of what it could have been ( (view spoiler)[ the Brian Jones gay thing was the most interesting thing in the book.. Sad but true.. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Roberts

    As for Keith's autobiography - loved it but as I'm a big stones fan, totally biased.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    How is this man still alive? He has more lives than an old lady's house full of cats. Thank God he is though, because he's one of the best in the business! I love Keef!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Great read and very funny in spots. Only criticism is that the updates since initial publication were sort of cheerleader-ish, repetetive and stupid. But everything else was pretty damn solid. Good bio.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie scott

    This was a terrific read I've always been a fan of The Stones and It was pretty funny in many parts of this novel kept my interest from start to finish God knows the last thing you would ever say about Keith Richards is he's boring lolllllllllll. À great read for any Rolling Stone fan.❤❤❤

  11. 4 out of 5

    Herman

    Had the book on the shelf for years but somehow never got around to read it. Finally did and sort of liked it. Richards is an interesting character, but I found the book not exceptional. Not very well written, or badly translated maybe. Anyway, probably should give Richards' autobiography a try...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Lots of interesting facts and stories told in this book. I understand that Keith Richards did/does a lot of drugs but I wasn't impressed with how Bockris spent about 200 pages discussing it; I felt there were more important things to reveal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thierry Sagnier

    I am a huge Stones fan. I even like their really bad stuff, like Satanic Majesty. And I'm generally wary of 'unauthorized' biographies. But Bockris' book is good. Not as great as Richard's autobiography, but if you like the Stones, you'll like this...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peter Smith

    Better than Keith's autobiography because it spends less time whining about Mick and gives you more detail about the riff-machine himself.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Guy Cranswick

    Better than the average rock bio. The subject is sympathetic and his use of various opiates renders the run o' the mill hangover as not worth talking about.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Piernasasongko

    what a beautiful creature..:)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Davehbo

    Fantastic book. Did he really write it? Did he remember these things? If so, this is a gold mine. Richards was fooling us all along. He's way smarter and more self aware than anyone thought.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gary Geiger

    Another rock bio that I read years ago and recall more for the drugs than the music.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    LURID as it should be. Actually, it probably could be lurider. what an asshole.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roving Gambler

    Really just slapped together. Wish I would have reread Old Gods, Almost Dead.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam Romilly

    A lot better than I expected. Has managed to give a real and in many ways new insight into the life of Keith up until the 1990s

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Grothe

    the man has stories. plain and simple

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Thompson

    The human riff laid bare, after a fashion. I remember this as being a decent biography, with Bockris actually having access to His Satanic Majesty.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Josi Rebar

    Great read! Interesting to read about the "black box" method on heroin addiction.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    It's Keith mate. It's excellent.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deb Berg

    Keith Richards has led a wild and rockstar life. However his book is not very captavating.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I give it a 3 for sloppy writing and some repeated anecdotes, but a 5 for the anecdotes themselves... so, 4.

  28. 4 out of 5

    epistemology

    super. i love the stones. keith as a kid sounds like what he looks like now.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason Evans

    A very well written biography about rock'n'roll's ultimate outlaw. Probably best for Stones fans only. Interesting stories beyond the drug use and the music.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nona

    I began this book with enthusiasm after recently reading about Angus YOUNG of AC/DC. Listening as usual I began to feel uncomfortable as it got into the stage of this band's rise to fame; in fact I began to dislike them somewhat. I was a Beatles fan in the 60's and recall not being particularly enthralled with The Rolling Stones, so maybe some of this negativity has been unearthed in me. As a result I have not finished it and really don't care that I shall never know its ending. The Unathorised Biog I began this book with enthusiasm after recently reading about Angus YOUNG of AC/DC. Listening as usual I began to feel uncomfortable as it got into the stage of this band's rise to fame; in fact I began to dislike them somewhat. I was a Beatles fan in the 60's and recall not being particularly enthralled with The Rolling Stones, so maybe some of this negativity has been unearthed in me. As a result I have not finished it and really don't care that I shall never know its ending. The Unathorised Biographer, Victor BOCKRIS tells some astounding tales. I wonder why this is unathorised - is it a pack of lies or too close to the truth??

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