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.
Pallenberg, who was often described at The Rolling Stones' 'muse', passed away on Tuesday at the age of 73.
The German-Italian style icon and ‘It Girl’ of the 1960s and 1970s was also the long-term girlfriend of the Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, with whom she had three children. She starred alongside the band’s singer Mick Jagger in the hallucinogenic film Performance in 1970, and alongside Jane Fonda in Barbarella in 1968.
Anita Pallenberg at the Stones' film 'Crossfire Hurricane' in 2012
Mick Jagger seen alone and with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood,Tommy Hilfiger and Charlie Watts at The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism opening night held at Industria Superstudio, New York City, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016
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, Charlie Watts , Mick Jagger - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016
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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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
‘Exhibitionism’ will open at the Saatchi Gallery next April.
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 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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Date of birth
18th December, 1943
Hearts out to Notting Hill.
A most remarkable woman. Always in my heart. (Photo: Michael Cooper) https://t.co/ubZtRYW1Am
#FlashbackFriday from the "She Was Hot" video shoot in Mexico City, 1984. https://t.co/ZPDQAGIe4G
The #LaMerWaveWalk is in NYC until June 21. See Keith's piece at the James Hotel or bid on it at… https://t.co/2OCOuDe5jh
Happy birthday, Charlie! https://t.co/MQaEW3rGIn
Happy birthday, @RonnieWood! https://t.co/EBGjvnGtxQ
#AskKeith: What was it like to meet and play with Howlin' Wolf? https://t.co/8D2qAnFzZT
NEW #AskKeith video at https://t.co/5i4eXV3xlj! "What was it like to meet and play with Howlin' Wolf?" https://t.co/y2nQrl2Fp7
Keith is happy to be part of the @WeAreProject0 Wave Walk to raise funds for the ocean. Bid on his piece thru 6/21:… https://t.co/NKFkYxp6Em
May 65 recording “Satisfaction”, 1 of Keef's famously rare uses of guitar pedal effects. https://t.co/gyOP1qXn6k… https://t.co/1gqlIqMSB6
RT @GuitarWorld: Keith Richards: Why I Hardly Ever Use Effect Pedals https://t.co/iaGENMcJMs @officialKeef https://t.co/8vvq5jj3Yx
NEW #AskKeith: "Why do you hardly ever use guitar pedals?" Watch the full answer at https://t.co/5i4eXV3xlj. https://t.co/OAc7ft0DKg
RT @RollingStones: #StonesNoFilter European tour announced! https://t.co/kY6JgYsOFc
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#TBT: "Tumbling Dice" at Meadowlands in New Jersey, 1981. Watch Keith discuss Open G tuning in a new #AskKeith:… https://t.co/24B0IGztqd
You asked, Keith answered - "Do you have any tips for players interested in open G tuning?" NEW #AskKeith here:… https://t.co/FLkoqXPP0y
Keith's new poncho from @SherylCrow. Happy #BeMyself release day, Sheryl! https://t.co/d6fjnchouY
Hanging with @BillyFGibbons at the @MerleHaggard #SingMeBackHome tribute show on April 6. https://t.co/UYBc94nqGG
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