By Bryan Wawzenek
As Gibson.com previously reported, Rolling Stones guitarist and rock legend Keith Richards has been working on an autobiography. Now that book has a name and release date. Life will be available in stores and through online retailers on October 26.
According to a press release from publisher Little, Brown & Company, the book will cover Richards’ entire career: “The man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones’ first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Honky Tonk Women.” Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Bitter estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos, and the road that goes on forever.”
“Keef” wrote the book with author James Fox, who had an international best-seller with White Mischief. Richards and Fox have known each other since the latter was a writer for the Sunday Times in the late ’70s.
According to the press release, “With his trademark disarming honesty, Keith Richard brings us the story of a life we have all longed to know more of, unfettered, fearless, and true.”
The week of the book’s release, Richards is scheduled to speak and do a signing at the New York City Library’s main branch in Manhattan.