Jan 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
The New York Time calls this memoir by the leading guitarist, songwriting and founding member of the Rolling Stones electrifying. The Guardian says that Richards, "the most famous survivor of them all," breaks with the tradition of survivor narratives which typically trace an arc from excess through despair to redemption. His memoir, says reviewer O'Hagan "contains excess aplenty but hardly any despair and very little redemption. Keith did it all, had a hell of a good time, and survived to brag about it." Dan Chiasson, reviewer for the New York Review of Books. suggests that Keith Richards' Life is "a raffish and unlikely heir to two great memoirs of thrift and common sense, Walden, and Ben Franklin's Autobiography" noting that it displaces moral instruction onto the purely practical (if often useless) information. Reading it is a wild ride. I highly recommend it. Keith has a talent for life and his unique and exuberant voice comes through on every page.