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Life
Keith Richards
Adult Nonfiction ML420.R515 A3 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley capture Richards's rock 'n' roll spirit in a wise, charming, and textured narration of the famed guitarist's memoir. Tracing Richards's trajectory from boyhood in England through the formation of the Stones to the band's rise to world domination, this audiobook is chock-full of frank revelations and enlightening stories behind the music. The three readers do superb turns-but the seemingly arbitrary switches between them can be jarring and confusing. Depp's narration is steady, well-paced, clear, and grounded. He produces a delicious range of voices for dialogue (most notably a drunk judge in Arkansas), and Richards himself sounds a bit like an elderly, bluesy Jack Sparrow. Hurley captures the voice of Richards throughout, narrating in a gritty, growl that is spot-on. And sections read by Richards are a real treat; his raspy voice is unmistakable and haunting. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

This reviewer came of age wondering if Richards was even born innocent. Soon after cracking the spine of his deservedly lauded memoirs, there is an answer (yes!), and although the Rolling Stones guitarist made great haste toward his iconic junkiedom, he lived much life to the marrow before and after. Readers need not read so much as listen-Richards recounts the choicest milestones in a voice that is so evocative of his many sides, you will hear every sigh, howl, growl, and snicker. Prepare as well to be surprised: the tales of excess do not include groupie collecting. Richards was and is a one-woman man, and when he's plunging us into the darkest years of his addiction, revolt will surface in tidal waves but also understanding. Richards explains better than any rock star of his generation that the drug taking was not for escaping pain but relishing every rarefied moment of his artistic prime. He and soul mates like Gram Parsons were committed to breathing and recording music with the force of giants, come hell or Mexican shoe scrapings. Verdict Against all odds, Richards survived his own vitality and rebelliousness, and he knows it. Lovers of music, travel, autobiography, and fiction will eat the lessons of this natural-born pirate with a knife, fork, and spoon. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10.]-Heather McCormack, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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