Keith Richards : Life
Keith Richards bares all in this book. Telling of being a Stone and of the massive amount of drugs used while living the rockstar lifestyle. Honestly, I am truly shocked that Keith Richards is still alive and able to write a book
Revelations in Keith Richards’ new book, Life, might make people wonder how the group will ever be able to tour together again. The Rolling Stones guitarist comes across as a chap that dishes the dirt straight up and does not give a whole lot of thought about where the chips may fall. Perhaps he just does not care.
Despite his pubic image as a swaggering rock star with a history of heavy drug use, it seems as if Richards may be somewhat of a rarity in the rock world. There’s no doubt concerning his drug use through the years – something he readily admits in the new book. What sets Richards apart from others who, as Richards put it “died of fame,” is that he seems to be a man that knows his limitations when it comes to recreational drug use.
Delving into the reasons for his longevity after years of drug use, what he says makes a lot of sense and perfectly explains how he has managed to keep on going as other rock legends lost their lives to substance abuse.
“It’s not only the high quality of drugs I had that I attribute my survival to. I was very meticulous about how much I took. I’d never put more in to get a little higher. That’s where most people f*ck up on drugs. It’s the greed involved that never really affected me. People think once they’ve got this high, if they take some more they’re going to get a little higher. There’s no such thing. Especially with cocaine … Maybe that’s a measure of control and maybe I’m rare in that respect. Maybe there I have an advantage.”