Stone Me
Mark Blake
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Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards
Mark Blake
NAL Trade
128 pages
May 2009
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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This is a gathering of witticisms from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. The author, a fine journalist who has written books on Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, and the punk movement, has done little more here compile quotes. All 118 pages can be devoured in a couple hours or so.

Here are some samples:

  • Discussing his weapons of choice: "You're never alone with a Smith and Wesson."
  • On heavy metal: "If you want heavy metal, talk to John Lee Hooker - listen to that motherfucker play. That's heavy metal. That's armor!"
  • On having a pre-tour medical: "I've had about three doctors who've told me, 'If you carry on like this, you will be dead in six months.' I went to their funerals."
  • On Brian Jones: "Brian was not a likeable guy. He had so many hang-ups he didn't know where to hang himself ... So he drowned himself."
Richards is riotously funny. The funniest thing is that he is still alive after years of hardcore addiction and drinking and notorious behavior on the road. All those elements provide the fodder for his sometimes caustic quips. Take an hour, pour yourself a glass of wine, and amuse yourself with this one.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2009

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