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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 01:46 PM
Anyone read this?

It's a blast--funny,great stories....

the most musically interesting part was Keef telling how he got his sound for particular songs,5 strings,open tuning,droning sound,using cassette recorders with acoustic guitars,sometimes 8 guitars--all acoustic creating one "electrified"sound...wow....

i spent the whole day trying to retune one of my guitars attempting to get the right sound....i even used a mini tape recorder with the acoustic to play around...couldn't do it,but lots of fun...

if u haven't read the book & u dig Keef,get it..very enjoyable...

 
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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 01:52 PM
The reviews and articles I've read about "Life" give it a big thumbs up. Sounds very entertaining. I think I'll be hitting the library for this one....
 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:10 PM
Haven't read it yet but picked up 2 copies the other day ... one for me and one for a guitarist friend who is recuperating from surgery (figured if the casts and arm slings were keeping him from his guitar then at least he could read about a guitarist ). Looking forward to reading this (Love Keef )

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:18 PM
I'm about 100 pages in and loving it! Keith's the reason I picked up the guitar. Great shot of him on the back cover, too.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:56 PM
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Looking forward to reading this (Love Keef )


DITTO on both counts!!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:58 PM
Love the book ! It seems old Keef has been way more with it and more of a "normal" guy over the years than people give him credit for. I love the tag line on the inside cover " I remember it all. Believe it or not......."

ABB ancedote : Jim Dickinson is quoted in regards to the Muscle Shoals sessions in 1969, that Mick kept hearing people mention " Sky Dog" in reference to Duane Allman. Mick liked the way it sounded so " The lyrics " Scarred Old Slaver " on brown sugar is actually Mick singing " Sky Dog Slaver" since it liked the way it sounded. ( page 276).

I just got up to Altamont and can't put this book down.

Loved the 5 string stuff. Waddy Wachtel says it's why so many bands can play Stones tunes but can't get that same sound exactly.



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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 06:18 PM
Just starting on it now,seems very good so far,I have read a bunch of books on the Stones and Kieth,including Ronnies book and Bill's book,Spanish Tony's book and the Exile book,hoping for some new stories

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 07:25 PM
I got the book last week but am only a little into it.......it's already good. My favorite part though is something I read in an excerpt from it that Rolling Stone ran in their last issue. To summarize:

Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith all shared a filthy flat in London in the early days before anyone knew who they were. They spent their days deciphering licks from Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley records. They had a fourth roommate named James Phlege and Keith says he was about the only other guy who could have handled living there. They would have contests to see who could gross the others out, and often James would win. One day Mick, Brian and Keith came home to Phlege standing up at the top of the stairway proclaiming, "Good evening". Phlege had sh*t his underwear and was wearing them draped over the top of his head.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 07:46 PM
Like Dylan's book,Chronicles,the writing style reflects Keef's unique way of communicating....

Dylan's writing style was more poetic,whereas Keef speaks in his own voice,which has it's own particular narrative style....really interesting read....

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 09:05 PM
Haven't read it, but looked at the pictures in the book store the other day, and that picture of Keith with Tom Waits is pure magic.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 05:38 AM
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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 06:22 AM
I was surprised and impressed at how candid Keith was in the book excerpt from the recent edition of Rolling Stone. I have a copy on reserve from the library but there are ten folks ahead of me. Can't wait to read it .

 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 08:50 AM
dadof2, in regard to Keef with the tape recorder and an acoustic, as I recall, they would plug the guitar INTO the tape recorder to use it as an amp to get a really nasty overdrive. is that the deal?
 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 09:17 AM
I can't wait to read this, picking it up today........now sure how "legit" this is, but a great read nonetheless.......Mick's reaction.

http://www.slate.com/id/2273611/pagenum/all/#p2

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 10:35 AM
Just a tip, you may want to run down to your local Barnes and Noble this weekend and pick it up. I got it there last week for 30% off..........around $20 for a large hard cover, not bad. And no, you don't have to be a BN card member to get that price.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2010 at 10:57 AM
There's no way Mick wrote that. I can't ever see him using the word "fucktard."

 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 09:43 AM
I'm listening to the audio-book read by Johnny Depp. First experience with an audio-book but until now it's a blast. Johnny is doing a great job. He's kinda talkin' with his Keith Richard inspired Jack Sparrow voice and using other voices when other parties are quoted.
This way already funny events become even more hilarious, especially in chapter one.

I do not want to buy a Dutch translation of the book so somewhere in the future i gonna
pick up the English hardcover version but for the time being i'm enjoying the audio-book.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 04:32 PM
The article representing Mick Jaggers fictitious response (thankfully provided by jparadise) was very interesting. As a guitarist and fan of Keith Richards infectious riffing, I've been predisposed to like Keith (warts and all) while dismissing Jagger as a premadonna. This article makes some great points and has certainly caused me to reconsider some of my previous opinions.
 

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  posted on 11/8/2010 at 06:04 PM
I read the Rolling Stone magazine excerpts. Pretty cool. My library has a copy, so I will likely read it.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2010 at 04:55 PM
Duane is mentioned on page 278 where Jim Dickinson is describing the making of brown sugar in musle shoals, it says
"If you listen to the lyrics,he says Skydog slaver ( though it's allways written "scared old slaver".What does that mean?
Skydog is what they called Duane Allman in Musle Shoals,because he was high all the time. And Jagger heard sombody say it and he thought it was a cool word so he used it.He was lwriting about literally being in the south. It was amazing to watch him do it."

 

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  posted on 11/9/2010 at 08:46 PM
This book just gets better and better. I just got past the 72 tour and Keef's time in Jamaica. Great stuff. Bobby Keys keeps coming up in the book as Keef's main partner in crime circa 71-72. What a character ! Gram Parsons also was very close friend back then. I only thought they met briefly but they were close for a few years.

Good to see an audio book fan on here. Johnny Depp is good friends with Keef but it's funny to me that he read for it. I'm involved in audio book recording and there's a story floated around that Depp once was contracted to read for one of his favorite authors but realized right away how difficult it can be to record a book and he went to lunch and never came back..

Audio books are great. I still love to read but every now and then I go for the audio. Especially with the ever increasing obnoxiousness of my commuter train, the good old LIRR. It's a good way to really tune out . Check out Audible.com It's easier than ever to get audio books and so many are available.

Some of my favorites are Bob Dylan's Chronicles read by Sean Penn, Anthony Bourdain reading his Kitchen Confidential and Bill Bryson's a Walk in the Woods is considered to be the book that put Audio books on the map. Artie Lang's Too Fat to Fish was also great. A friend of mine was on the Howard Stern show today via a phone interview about Gary Dellabate (BA BA BOOEY's) audio book. He produced it along with Artie's book. He goes from Ba Ba Booey to hanging out with President Bush to record his book that came out today. This dude is pretty left wing and says he had a great time with W down in Dallas. Super nice guy apparently.



 

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  posted on 7/13/2011 at 07:25 AM
Hey I purchased Keef's book last year.. I was a hugh RS fan back in the day and besides Mick J ..loved Keef and his guitar playing..along with Mick Taylor WOW...
so I started the book a long time ago and I guess I was preoccupied with other things and just could not get into the beginning pages of this book, which is very strange for me as I love and devour autobiographies..especially rock and roll ones... so , I put the book down.. well I just picked it back up yesterday and I am engrossed , happily reading along in his LIFE..it is exactly like I thought it would be... It's funny I am from that time period and it seems alot of what the rock and rollers were doing we all were doing at those times..just not with the money and beautiful back drops that they easily afforded... You lose touch that these famous rock people are living life as you and I.. but with these extraordinary means and talent...

Loved reading about Gram... such a shame , many good things may have come out of their collaboration had he lived...

so if you haven't read this.. go get it... lots of fun reading and info... brings me to the days of the 60's WOW...

 

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  posted on 7/13/2011 at 07:36 AM
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I had the same experience. the second half of the book read much better than the first.

Only thing I didn't like was Keith's professional (not personal) dissing of Mick. Yes, Keef may have been the one to come up with the riffs and Mick "filled in the picture"; but like Lennon and McCartney (and I am much fonder of the former than the latter) the greatnest was in the two disparate personalities working off each other

 

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  posted on 7/13/2011 at 08:32 AM
I ended up getting this book as a Christmas gift. Which was good as there were a number of readers ahead of me at the library. It was a very enjoyable read with some great stories as well as some good lessons about "Life." In particular, if you're going to be a junkie, use only the highest quality drugs. I would guess that's the only reason Keith is still alive. Because he didn't use too much low grade smack or blow. Oh, one more lesson: Don't let Keith drive a car while you're in it.

And the photos are pretty cool as well. As someone mentioned above, the one with Tom Waits is very cool. Two great musicians hanging out back stage. Many more in the book as well.

 

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I had the same experience. the second half of the book read much better than the first.

Only thing I didn't like was Keith's professional (not personal) dissing of Mick. Yes, Keef may have been the one to come up with the riffs and Mick "filled in the picture"; but like Lennon and McCartney (and I am much fonder of the former than the latter) the greatnest was in the two disparate personalities working off each other



Yes, I see what you are saying... but, of course not knowing any of these people.. but having friends LIKE them from those days..is my relatable circumstances... meaning their type of personalities I have seen.. Keith comes off as a flake , druggie, blah , blah.. Mick comes off like the intellect of the group for years... But, reading Keith's take on it .. sheds some light on their professional interaction...and the friendship that they had.. actually I read Marianne Faithfull book as well and she pretty much sums it up as Keith has said... Mick sorta was the spokesperson for many years and I think he has a condensing attitude towards Keith , but only he can do it... there is a deep meaningful friendship there between them even with the sly remarks ..

John and Paul .. whenever you reveal so much of yourself to another person.. you are stripped down to the bare bones of who and what you are about.. Sometimes , what we see then, we don't like about the person..it makes or breaks relationships whether a love relationship or a deep friendship.. it is weathering it out.. like you've been totally undressed to the bones and now you can start layering your skin back on... but , mean while the other person has seen the real you.... as you've seen them.. the problem is WHO is holding back..some layers... I think both John and Paul held back..kept some of themselves to themselves..

With Mick and Keith.. Keith was the exposer and happily revealed himself ( drug induced LOL ).. Mick holds back..

Here we are with the ABB... hmmm.. Butch and Dickey know each other from waaaayyyy back... Who exposed more of themselves... it was Dickey... and Butch didn't like what he saw.... it goes on and on I guess...

Chain Loved your comments about book.... LOL ....

 

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