Book Review: Life by Keith Richards

I have a confession to make, I didn’t know anything about Keith Richards before reading this book, and I am not proud of this but, it’s the truth. I picked up this book just to read something which I would have never read if I would have chosen the book the way I use to do before. It was a complete random selection from Amazon. This book was among top biographies to be read, and I selected this for no apparent reason. It was really very difficult to complete this book mainly because it was full of very detailed life style of Keith Richards which I was totally unaware of.

Keith Richards is an English musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and one of the original members of the rock band The Rolling Stone. This guy is a living legend. If you are not a Rolling Stone fan, you may have seen him as Captain Teague, from Pirates of the Caribbean where he played the role of Captain Jack Sparrow’s father.

Keith did not have a very pleasant beginning, it was actually quite rough. From the very start of his life he started playing guitar and was really very passionate for music, there was a very sweet story in the book on how he got his first guitar.

lifeTime and time again I have observed pattern that great people do not plan things, they are so passionate for their stuff that they don’t know what is happening around them, similar was the case for Keith also, in his band everything was about music and everything else got taken care of. It was like everything else was just happening around them and it was as if they just didn’t know what to do with things happening around them because they all were so into music.

They created an era of music and it was amazing to witness it from the words of legend himself and I got a learning that it does not take a mastermind to change the world all it takes is passion for doing things we love. They were not planning for becoming great it was just playing guitars, making songs and nothing else. It is really strange to know all these things because it’s so contrary to the things that we generally believe in.

This book would definitely help those people who would like to know what it takes to be a legend, and this book is more about the total unexpected series of events happening around Keith.
Keith’s transition from being a guitarist to a song writer was also very inspiring. It was quite visible that there was no road map for Keith in early years. Actually he was so busy getting stoned, playing guitar, and partying that there was no time for anything else.  Keith was terrible father, and I feel very sorry for his kids, the things that they had to went through, it reflected the dark aspects of being a legend and a Rockstar.
If I would have to take only one learning from this book I would take this:
In the book Keith mentioned that “If we gave thought how the world is going to react on our songs we wouldn’t have done it..!”

Thank you,


Published by Faisal

I am Faisal , a software developer @ Oracle, Hyderabad. Trying again my hands on blogging after several failures. Apart from blogging, I like cycling, running, and clicking pictures(who doesn't), I like to be productive in general.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Life by Keith Richards

  1. “If we gave thought how the world is going to react on our songs we wouldn’t have done it..!” That’s it, we guys are always stuck into things like these. We should care about the execution of the work not to the comments of some nerdy people.

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  2. Steve Jobs life story is very similar. The story here is personal choice. If you have a rough life or upbringing. we all have personal choice on how we decide to live life can be very stressful.

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