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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.
The guitar icon will star in Julien Temple's documentary 'Keith Richards - The Origin of the Species' on BBC Two in July, and will also curate a weekend of programming for BBC Four.
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
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
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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, Charlie Watts , Mick Jagger - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016
He also reiterates his aversion to televised music competitions.
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 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
Because we love to see a singer out of their usual habitat.
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.
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.
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The rocker has also discussed the death of his infant son Tara in 1976.
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 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.”
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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
At a test screening for series nine, the current Doctor expressed his desire to get Bowie and Richards to put in guest appearances on the show.
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.”
Richards is eager to begin work on follow-up to 2005's 'A Bigger Bang', but doesn't reckon that will happen until April 2016 at the earliest.
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 Richards and Patti Hansen in February 2015
Continue reading: Keith Richards Hoping To Start On A New Rolling Stones Album "Next Year"
The new doc comes courtesy of '20 Feet From Stardom’ filmmaker 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 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'
The Rolling Stones guitarist's forthcoming album, his first in 23 years, will include a duet with 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' 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
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.
Date of birth
18th December, 1943
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Today in 1969, Billy Preston's "That's The Way God Planned It" was released, with contributions from Keith on bass. https://t.co/HhKknhH8ek
Dirty Mac. https://t.co/a3nl49PVsB
The New Barbarians' "Wanted Dead Or Alive" album (live from @TheGarden in '79) is available to stream on @Spotify: https://t.co/hyTxog5DQ4
Exhibitionism London is now open until 9PM Thurs/Fri/Sat. Closes 4th Sept. Tix: https://t.co/ZTR3tF0YCS #StonesIsm https://t.co/5tCh44z4sN
NEW #AskKeith video up now! Watch here: https://t.co/ltbvzqmBaU https://t.co/c8qmPcoOa9
Rio - February 20, 2016 https://t.co/sm7eEB87be
August 14, 2014 in @HarpersBazaarUS. https://t.co/W4YH6PkghU https://t.co/QH1YdDD2rH
#FlashbackFriday. "Wicked As It Seems" with the X-Pensive Winos in Germany, November 1992. https://t.co/pDDFPXu1xB
#TBT #OnThisDay in 1979, the New Barbarians played the Knebworth Festival. Were you there? https://t.co/gJcHing3ZL https://t.co/BvZswzA47n
"Been watching the @Olympics! Love the swimming! Congrats Siobhan and Jazz. Andy Murray good luck. I’ll be watching.” - Keith to @TeamGB
Buenos Aires. February 13, 2016. https://t.co/cHr2P1uy3i
Keith reflects on @MerleHaggard in today's new #AskKeith video. https://t.co/MdA0qQpQC7
#FlashbackFriday: Keith & @RonnieWood on the Sun City version of @U2's "Silver and Gold". https://t.co/hyTxogneHC https://t.co/7cWcbo2tyv
#TBT: "How I Wish" with the X-Pensive Winos. At the @OrpheumBoston, February 13, 1993. https://t.co/m2KlrJ5RxZ
A new #AskKeith in honor of @ItsTonyBennett's 90th birthday! Watch the full video here: https://t.co/Vnhz5rT6Tk https://t.co/6sV3b9cbq2
Montevideo, February 2016. https://t.co/aHCDjMSkzG https://t.co/UwY7S9jdNT
#TBT: "Big Enough" with the X-Pensive Winos at The Hollywood Palladium, December 1988. https://t.co/oDTjPdMPNk
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