Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Keith Richards Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Footage Comments Quotes RSS

Biography

Keith Richards (born 18.12.1943) is an English musician best known for being the guitarist of The Rolling Stones.

Childhood: Keith Richards was born in Dartford, Kent. His parents were Bertrand Richards, a factory worker, and Doris Dupree Richards. When they divorced, Keith remained close to his mother but stopped speaking to his father for a long time. His interest in music began when he was a child and his mother bought him a guitar. He listened to records by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Scotty Moore. He attended Wentworth Primary School with his friend and neighbour Mick Jagger. He then attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys where he was expelled for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College. He did, however, sing in choir at Dartford and even sang in front of the Queen. He reunited with Mick Jagger over mutual musical interests and joined his band Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys alongside Dick Taylor. It was during this time he met Rolling Stones co-founder Ian Stewart as well as Brian Jones. He soon moved in with his bandmates and dropped out of college.

Career: Keith Richards co-founded The Rolling Stones and signed to Decca Records in 1963. He is considered to be the band leader of the Rolling Stones by both Ian Stewart and bassist Bill Wyman. His guitar inspiration mostly comes from the likes of Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters and he prefers to play alongside another guitarist. He co-wrote much of the music with Jagger with his first international number one being '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' in 1965. The riff allegedly came to him in his sleep, after which he woke up and recorded a demo. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993. He has been producing and co-producing records since the 1970s for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Johnnie Johnson and Ronnie Spector. He owns a record label called Mindless Records. His solo projects include 1978 cover single of Chuck Berry's 'Run Rudolph Run' and Jimmy Cliff's 'The Harder They Come'. He also formed a band called the X-pensive Winos alongside Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel, Bobby Keys, Ivan Neville and Charley Drayton. The first record, 'Talk Is Cheap', was certified gold. He did recordings with other artists as part of manager Andrew Oldham's Immediate Records label. He has also recorded with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Ivry Gitlis and Yoko Ono for 1968's Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus TV special. He has also worked on side projects with bandmate Ronnie Wood including on his first two solo albums. In 1979, he toured with Wood's band the New Barbarians promoting Wood's album 'Gimme Some Neck'. In 1974, he made an appearance at a Faces show. 1981 saw him feature on reggae star Max Romeo's album 'Holding Out My Love to You'. He has also worked with Tom Waits several times including on his album 'Rain Dogs' in 1985. Keith Richards made an appearance as Captain Jack Sparrow's father Captain Teague in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' in 2007 and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' in 2011 opposite Johnny Depp. He published his autobiography 'Life' in 2010.

Personal Life: Keith Richards was notorious for his drug fuelled lifestyle during the Rolling Stones' heyday and has been to court on drug-related charges five times. It began in 1967 when his house was raided resulting in both him and Jagger spending the night in separate prisons; Richards at Wormwood Scrubs, though his conviction was soon dropped due to lack of evidence. In 1977 he was charged with possession of heroin while staying at a Toronto hotel. It was later changed to the lesser charge of simple possession of heroin. In 1978 he was given a suspended sentence and one year's probation for possession of heroin. He claimed in 2007 in an interview with NME that he once snorted his father's ashes. He married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and had two daughters, Theodora and Alexandra. He had three children; Marlon, Angela and Tara; in a previous relationship with Anita Pallenberg, though Tara died as an infant. He owns homes in Sussex; Weston, Connecticut; and Turks & Caicos. He enjoys reading and history and has expressed an interest in being a librarian. In 2006, he sustained a head injury after falling from a tree in Fiji and ended up having cranial surgery.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Keith Richards To Star In BBC Documentary About His Early Life


Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards is to star in a documentary movie about his childhood years growing up in post-war Britain, as well as curate a weekend of films, documentary clips and live performances for BBC Four.

The 72 year old guitar hero will front the 60-minute documentary film Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species, directed by Julien Temple, which will form the centrepiece of the BBC’s My Generation season, about the history of pop music, next month.

Richards will also “hand-pick” two nights of films and live performances that will constitute what it calls a “lost weekend” of programming in July.

Continue reading: Keith Richards To Star In BBC Documentary About His Early Life

Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Trailer


In 1995 The Rolling Stones released an album called Stripped. It featured a number of (predominantly acoustic) covers of their own material and some of their favourite songs to play to support the release of the album they played 3 intimate gigs. Now the band has released footage of the studio recording process along with a number of interview snippets and numerous on stage performances from three of their European dates in 1995: The Paradiso in Amsterdam, L'Olympia in Paris and Brixton Academy in London in July.

CD Track Listing:
Not Fade Away - Amsterdam / Honky Tonk Women - Paris / Dead Flowers - Amsterdam / Faraway Eyes- London / Shine A Light - Amsterdam / I Go Wild - Paris / Miss You - London / Like A Rolling Stone - Amsterdam / Brown Sugar - Paris / Midnight Rambler - London / Jumpin' Jack Flash - Paris / Gimme Shelter - Amsterdam / Rip This Joint - Amsterdam / Street Fighting Man - Amsterdam

DVD1 - 'Totally Stripped' Documentary

Continue: Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Trailer

Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger , Charlie Watts - Opening Night Gala of The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts , Mick Jagger - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger
Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones , Keith Richards - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

Rolling Stones and Keith Richards
Rolling Stones and Keith Richards
Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts
Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts
Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts

Keith Richards Blasts Adele And Rihanna For Over-Reliance


Keith Richards

Current pop music often finds itself being ridiculed by the veterans of the industry. Whether they rose to fame because of a reality show, release hit songs written by other people, or are played on a particular radio station, no popstar is safe from the sharp tongues of the likes of Keith Richards.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards is sceptical of today's pop music

The Rolling Stones guitarist has lashed out at the pop world (not for the first time), accusing artists such as Adele and Rihanna as being dependent on other people. 'They can't rely on themselves, can they?' He told Time Out London in an interview.

Continue reading: Keith Richards Blasts Adele And Rihanna For Over-Reliance

The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards , Ronnie Wood - The Rolling Stones attend a photocall at the Adelaide Oval in Australia - Adelaide, Australia - Thursday 23rd October 2014

The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood

15 Best Musician Cameos In Film History


Jack Antonoff Alice Cooper Keith Richards Marilyn Manson Billy Idol

After releasing his Bleachers documentary 'Thank You And Sorry' with a comedy spin, it was only a matter of time before we saw Jack Antonoff making a movie cameo. Now he's appearing in forthcoming comedy drama 'Hello, My Name Is Doris' as the lead singer of a band called Baby Goya.

Jack Antonoff in 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'Bleachers' Jack Antonoff plays a fictitious musician in 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'

It's always fun to see a musician starring in a movie - especially when it's a comedy - whether they play themselves, a fictitious musician or even a completely different character altogether. We compiled a list of some of the best musician movie cameos in history.

Continue reading: 15 Best Musician Cameos In Film History

Keith Richards Thinks Drugs 'Never Did Anything' For His Creativity


Keith Richards Rolling Stones Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones wildman Keith Richards has said he never felt drugs did anything for his creativity. Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s 'Desert Island Discs', the 71 year old discussed his lengthly career, as well as the death of his infant son in 1976 and his decision to play a show just two hours after hearing the news.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards has said drugs never did anything for his creativity.

Speaking about his drug use Richards told Young, "I have never felt it did anything for my creativity. It kept me up a lot at nights looking for the stuff. It was something that I had to stop because I realised there are experiments that go on too long.”

Continue reading: Keith Richards Thinks Drugs 'Never Did Anything' For His Creativity

Keith Richards - The Jazz Foundation of America presents the 14th Annual 'A Great Night in Harlem' at the Apollo Theater - Gala Concert - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 22nd October 2015

Keith Richards
Waddy Wachtel and Keith Richards
Waddy Wachtel and Keith Richards
Keith Richards

Peter Capaldi Wants David Bowie And Keith Richards To Guest Star In 'Doctor Who'


Peter Capaldi Doctor Who David Bowie Keith Richards

Peter Capaldi has revealed that he would like David Bowie and Keith Richards to make guest appearances on ‘Doctor Who’ one day.

Capaldi, who currently plays the timelord, made the comments during a special test screening in front of a select audience in Cardiff. They were shown the first two episodes of the forthcoming ninth series, which starts on Saturday September 19th.

With a host of high-profile names making cameo appearances in the recent past, he was asked who he’d like to see getting involved with the series. “David Bowie, he would be a very good one," he told the audience. He added he would also like to see Rolling Stones guitarist Richards “stumbling around the Tardis, knocking out a few chords.”

Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Wants David Bowie And Keith Richards To Guest Star In 'Doctor Who'

Keith Richards Hoping To Start On A New Rolling Stones Album "Next Year"


Keith Richards Rolling Stones

He’s readying himself for his first solo album in nearly a quarter of a century later this month, but Keith Richards has spoken about some news that we genuinely do want to hear about – the possibility of a new Rolling Stones album.

The 71 year old guitarist spoke a little bit about the prospect of another Stones album, which would be the first in over a decade since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, to Entertainment Weekly. The group finished their Zip Code Tour of North America back in July, and Richards is eager to get cracking as soon as possible. However, he doesn’t hold out much hope of getting anything done until 2016.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards and Patti Hansen in February 2015

Continue reading: Keith Richards Hoping To Start On A New Rolling Stones Album "Next Year"

Netflix To Stream Keith Richards Documentary 'Under The Influence'


Keith Richards Rolling Stones Netflix Morgan Neville

Netflix has announced they’ll be premiering a new documentary on the Rolling Stones' legendary guitarist Keith Richards. Ttitled Keith Richards: Under the Influence, the documentary will premiere via the streaming service on September 18th and is directed by Morgan Neville.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards: Under The Influence is coming to Netflix.

Neville recently worked with Richards on his latest music video ‘Trouble’ and last year he won the Best Documentary Oscar for his film 20 Feet From Stardom, a look at the world of backup singers.

Continue reading: Netflix To Stream Keith Richards Documentary 'Under The Influence'

There's A Keith Richards Solo Album Coming


Keith Richards Rolling Stones Norah Jones

As tickets go on sale for 'Exhibitionism', the Rolling Stones' cleverly titled 2016 exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the legendary band's guitarist Keith Richards has taken the opportunity to announce his first solo album since 1992.

Keith Richards on red carpet for Saturday Night LiveKeith Richards' new album is coming in September

'Crosseyed Heart', Richards' third solo effort, follows 'Talk Is Cheap' (1988) and 'Main Offender' (1992). It's due out September 18 on Republic Records, reports Billboard.

Continue reading: There's A Keith Richards Solo Album Coming

Rolling Stones - Exhibitionism Featurette


The Rolling Stones are set to celebrate their long career as a band next year (2016) with their first exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery on King's Road, appropriately named 'Exhibitionism'. A variety of artefacts, art and videos will be on display, all collected over a period of three years.

Continue: Rolling Stones - Exhibitionism Featurette

Keith Richards

Keith Richards Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Footage Comments Quotes RSS
Advertisement

Keith Richards

Date of birth

18th December, 1943

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.74




Instagram



Keith Richards Movies

Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Trailer

Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Trailer

In 1995 The Rolling Stones released an album called Stripped. It featured a number of...

Muscle Shoals Trailer

Muscle Shoals Trailer

When Rick Hall opened up his record studio FAME Studios in the small town of...

Muscle Shoals Trailer

Muscle Shoals Trailer

Muscle Shoals was just a town in Alabama with an extraordinary habit of producing some...

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 Trailer

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 Trailer

The Crossroads Guitar Festival hit Madison Square Garden in April this year with tickets selling...

Charlie Is My Darling Trailer

Charlie Is My Darling Trailer

The Rolling Stones may not have released an album for eight years, but they are...

Advertisement
Crossfire Hurricane Movie Review

Crossfire Hurricane Movie Review

Watching the Rolling Stones' home movies while they reminisce on the soundtrack is thoroughly entertaining,...

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

Captain Jack Sparrow is back for another high seas romp and, despite the long running...

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer

The trailer for the fourth instalment from The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise has arrived!...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.