Rolling Stones founding father Keith Richards may not have led a clean and sober life, but now he’s coming clean about life as a member of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
Richards’ 2010 autobiography, “Life”, takes readers through his journey as a founding member of The Rolling Stones, his legendary drug abuse, his countless arrests and tumultuous personal life.
Here are 5 revelations from Keith Richards’ “Life”:
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood school mates. Richards reveals that he first met Mick Jagger at the age of 4 when they were childhood schoolmates at Wentworth Primary School. Although the Richards family moved when Keith was 10 years old, Richards and Jagger reconnected as teens when they ran into each other on a train. The rest is history.
Keith and Mick are not BFFs. Over their nearly- 50 years together, the Stones have had their ups and downs, with a near break-up in the 1980’s. Richards did not take kindly to Mick Jagger’s solo career which started with his 1985 album, She’s The Boss, accusing Jagger of thinking he was “bigger than the Stones”. Richards dishes that he and Jagger really aren’t friends anymore, but the band is their bond. In his memoir Richards reveals, “I used to love Mick, but I haven’t been to his dressing room in 20 years. …Sometimes I think I miss my old friend. I wonder: ‘Where did he go?”
Richards really did snort the ashes of his dead father. In the book and in an interview with CBS News, Richards admits to the shocking rumor that he once snorted the ashes of his father, saying, “True, I ingested my ancestor, yes.” This while burying his father’s ashes under an oak tree.
He is still haunted by his son’s death . In 1976 Richards’ 10 week old son, Tara, died in his crib from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while Richards was out on tour. In “Life” Richards writes, “Leaving a newborn infant is something I can’t forgive myself for.”
Jagger’s endowment. Finally, in a catty segment of the book, Richards jabs that Mick Jagger is less than endowed. This after Jagger allegedly had an affair with Richards’ long time girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg. Richards wrote of Jagger ex, Marianne Faithfull, “She had no fun with his tiny todger. I know he’s got an enormous pair of balls – but it doesn’t quite fill the gap.”
Talk about Rolling Stone throwing!
Richards, Keith , Life, 2010, Little, Brown and Company