If Mick Jagger is the public face of The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards has always been the band’s heart, soul and musical powerhouse.
In 1992 Victor Bockris’ celebrated biography was the first to recognise Richards’ pivotal role in the Stones legend. Now, with the 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones and Richards 70th birthday approaching, the book has been fully updated by the author for a second time, incorporating the perspective of two more decades in this epic story of rock’s most incredible survivor.
Here are the facts behind:
- Richards’ battles with his demons: the women, the drugs and the love-hate-relationship with Jagger
his struggle with heroin and his status as the rock star most likely to die in the 1970s
his scarcely believable rebirth as a family man in the 1980s
how Keith’s brutally honest biography, Life, proved that behind the rebel exterior was a literate, thoughtful man of considerable intelligence, and an accomplished scholar of the blues
It is a story of pain and excess with a multiple star cast list featuring everyone from Marlon Brando and Tom Waits to Gram Parsons and Chuck Berry.
It traces Richards’ life from his poverty stricken roots in post-war England to his ultimate triumph on the many Stones world tours.
Victor Bockris, poet, interviewer and non-fiction prose writer, has spent 32 years writing about the cultural heroes of the 20th century. He is the author of major biographies of Patti Smith, John Cale, Lou Reed and many others.