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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Rolling Stones Announce Career Spanning London Exhibition


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Not content with being one of the most legendary bands of all time, The Rolling Stones have just announced their first career spanning exhibition which will take over London’s Saatchi Gallery from April 2016. Titled ‘The Rolling Stones – Exhibitionism’, it will run across nine galleries over two floors and showcase over 500 artefacts from the band’s history.

The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones have announced at career-spanning touring exhibition.

“We've been thinking about it for quite a long time but wanted it to be just right and on a large scale just like planning our touring concert productions,” frontman Mick Jagger said. “I think right now, it’s an interesting time to do it. We’ve been pretty hands-on in this.”

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Hear Eric Clapton On Previously Unreleased Alternate Take Of The Rolling Stones' 'Brown Sugar'


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The Rolling Stones have shared a previously unheard version of classic track ‘Brown Sugar’, featuring Eric Clapton on guitar. The alternate take was made public just days before it appears on the reissue of the band’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which hits on June 8th.

Rolling stonesThe Rolling Stones are reissuing Sticky Fingers later this month.

The version was said to have been recorded during a birthday party for Keith Richards and saxophone player Bobby Keys and has been cleaned up for the reissue. The cut also features Al Kooper on piano in place of Ian Stewart, whose version appears on Sticky Fingers.

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Could A New Rolling Stones Album Be In The Pipeline?


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They’ve just announced their first North American tour in nearly a decade, but Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is keen for the band to take on more work. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine (confusingly…), the rock legend wants them to record a new album.

The 71 year old guitarist revealed that “we're talking about doing some recording after this tour, but there's nothing definite. We just threw out the idea. I'd like to get the boys back in the studio again, yeah. Anything can happen.”

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The Rolling Stones Hit North America For The First Time In Nine Years With 2015 Zip Code Tour


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The Rolling Stones are set to hit the road yet again, this time re-visiting the States for the first time in nine years on their 15-date Zip Code tour. The veteran rockers will be performing everywhere from San Diego to Quebec in this North American bonanza.

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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will be performing at some of the biggest stadiums in the US and Canada on their forthcoming Summer tour which will run from May to July; kicking off at San Diego's Petco Park and wrapping up in Quebec with Le Festival D'Été de Québec, tickets for which will be available in April.

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Celebs on the Carpet for Sat NIte Live

Keith Richards - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015

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SNL 40th Annniversary Special - Arrivals

Keith Richards - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015

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SNL 40th Anniversary Special - 2015

Patti Hansen and Keith Richards - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015

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Patti Hansen and Keith Richards
Patti Hansen and Keith Richards
Patti Hansen and Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones attend a photocall

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

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

Keith Richards Talks Grandfather Being Inspiration Behind New Children's Book


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Many fans were very shocked to learn that legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was going to become an author of a children's books, but what they didn't realize was the significance of the story being told.


Richards' children's book was inspired by his grandfather

Richards' picture book for infants, titled 'Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,' was a family collaboration as his eldest daughter Theodora Richards, who is an artist, drew all the illustrations.

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Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones outside the Grand Hotel Stockholm - Stockholm, Sweden - Tuesday 1st July 2014

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Damien Hirst Autobiography: From Semi-Criminal, To Multi-Millionaire


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Damien Hirst's autobiography is to be ghost written by James Fox - who worked with Keith Richards on his 2010 memoir Life - and will be released by Viking Penguin next autumn. The publisher promises it will cover everything from Hirst's childhood in Leeds to his rise to become the world's most successful artist.

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"They are a very cool and creative publisher with a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm. They care about all their readers from top to bottom and are not afraid of pushing the boundaries," said the artist.

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Keith Richards, Billy Crystal, The Fonz: The Celebrity Children's Book Author Club


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OK, so Keith Richards has released a children’s book called ‘Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar’, which was inspired by his own childhood and first experiences with music. There are lots of things that we think of Keith Richards as being, a children’s author is certainly not one. That said, we’re sure that the book will be magical and the sneak peek at illustrations indicate they will be beautiful, but it’s got us thinking about which other celebrities have written children’s books. And wow. You would not believe some of the celebs that have!

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Bill Cosby wrote a book for children. Yep, the Bill Cosby, from The Cosby Show fame. The one who is always been accused of being inappropriate in a manner of ways. Cosby’s book is called ‘The Day I Was Rich’ and purports to teach children the value of friendship over money. When Little Bill (nothing Freudian to see here) discovers what he thinks is a huge diamond, which turns out to be a glass paperweight, he and friends are momentarily deflated before returning to the fun they had before they discovered the ‘treasure’. Heartwarming stuff.

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Keith Richards' Children's Book Inspired By His Grandfather, Theodore


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Keith Richards' forthcoming children's book Gus & Me: The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar, will offer an insight to the rocker's relationship with his grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree, who played in a jazz band.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards Has Written a Children's Book

The autobiographical book will also include photographs from Keith's family collection, as well as artwork by his daughter Theodora Richards - who is named after her great-grandfather.

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The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Will Write Children's Picture Book


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The Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards is now a children's book author?

Keith Richards has partnered with his daughter Theodora Richards, who is an artist, to create a picture book for infants.

The 70 year-old's new project is titled, 'Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar', and it is slated hit the book stores this fall.

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Keith Richards Writes Children's Book With Daughter Theodora: 'Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar'


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Keith Richards is to publish a book for children which is due to be released this autumn. The Rolling Stones guitarist has teamed up with his daughter, Theodora Richards, to produce an autobiographical book aimed at children. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar will detail Richards' relationship with his grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree.

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Keith Richards Is Publishing A Children's Book.

Known as Gus, Richards' grandfather was in a jazz big band and introduced Keith to music at a young age. Richards' artist daughter was named after Gus and will illustrate the upcoming book. "To be able to explore my father's relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself," she said in a statement, via the LA Times. "The things that I've learnt during this whole process have just been life affirming."

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