Life (英語) ハードカバー – 2010/10/26
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The long-awaited autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Ladies and gentlemen: Keith Richards.
With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life.
Now, at last, the man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones's first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." His relationship with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos, and the road that goes on forever.
With his trademark disarming honesty, Keith Richard brings us the story of a life we have all longed to know more of, unfettered, fearless, and true.
"By turns earnest and wicked, sweet and sarcastic and unsparing, Mr. Richards, now 66, writes with uncommon candor and immediacy....He gives us an indelible, time-capsule feel for the madness that was life on the road with the Stones in the years before and after Altamont; harrowing accounts of his many close shaves and narrow escapes (from the police, prison time, drug hell); and a heap of sharp-edged snapshots of friends and colleagues...But Life...is way more than a revealing showbiz memoir. It is also a high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock 'n' roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States. It's an eye-opening all-nighter in the studio with a master craftsman disclosing the alchemical secrets of his art. And it's the intimate and moving story of one man's long strange trip over the decades, told in dead-on, visceral prose without any of the pretense, caution or self-consciousness that usually attend great artists sitting for their self-portraits....Mr. Richards has found a way to channel to the reader his own avidity, his own deep soul hunger for music and to make us feel the connections that bind one generation of musicians to another. Along the way he even manages to communicate something of that magic, electromagnetic experience of playing on stage with his mates, be it in a little club or a huge stadium."―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"One of the greatest rock memoirs ever....The title of Richards' book is a simple, accurate description on the contents: the 66-year-old guitarist's highs, lows and death-defying excesses, from birth to now, vividly related in his natural pirate-hipster cadence and syntax."―David Fricke, Rolling Stone
"[Keith Richards has] been through quite a lot of phases. And they're all on the page in Life....All of this is recounted with straight-up candor... But is there anything new that can be said about the Stones anyway? As Life emphatically demonstrates, the answer is yes."―Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"You can't imagine that this book could be any better than it is...Keith holds nothing back. It's funny, gossipy, profane and moving and by the time you finish it you feel like you're friends with Keith Richards."―Will Dana, Rolling Stone
"Entertaining...a slurry romp through the life of a man who knew every pleasure, denied himself nothing, and never paid the price."―David Remnick, The New Yorker
"Why does Keith want to undercut his legend? Because he has much better stories to tell. And in Life, the 547-page memoir he wrote with James Fox, he serves them up like his guitar riffs--in your face, nasty, confrontational, rich, smart, and, in the end, unforgettable....His story slows as it approaches the present, and you start to wonder if this Peter Pan life can get to its end without real pain....But mostly, you wish you could go back to the beginning of Life and start again."―Jesse Kornbluth, The Huffington Post
"What kind of celebrity autobiography is his Life? A remarkable one. One that reveals Mr. Richards in far greater depth and detail than any fan of the Rolling Stones or rock music could have hoped for...Mr. Richards writes with disarming introspection about his childhood, family and fame. And it's quite likely that no rock musician has ever written so keenly about the joys of making music. With a warm sense of humor and willingness to share his grief, Mr. Richards in Life defies almost every public perception about him."―Jim Fusilli, The Wall Street Journal
"Life, a firsthand journey from wartime London through the wilder parts of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond, could as easily be filed among the works of Richards' friend William Burroughs as alongside the memoirs of Bob Dylan or Eric Clapton.... It's the rare rock memoir with recipes (for bangers, English sausages), guidelines on street brawling (flash the knife as a decoy, then kick your enemy where it hurts) and staying awake for days.... Life is like the ultimate Keith Richards album."―Hillel Italie, Associated Press
"A vivid self-portrait and, of the Stones and their musical era, a grand group portrait. Surely thanks in part to his co-writer James Fox, Richards shows a strong, sure authorial voice, acute in detail, passionate about his achievements in music and nearly always amused by his excesses, not least in having survived them....spellbinding storytelling."―Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The twinkle from Keith Richards's eye throughout his autobiography Life is as distinctive as his famous guitar riffs in 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.'"―David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"Rollicking and raw."―Andrew Abrahams, People
"Richards' authorial voice is evident on almost every page and, like his singing one, it is both an entertaining and an ever-wandering instrument....he not only has the best tunes, he also knows how to tell the best tales."―Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
"[Keith Richards has] created an insightful narrative--a story of fame, struggling with demons, and rock and roll....an opus on a lifetime of brutal honesty, an all-encompassing account of what it's been like to be one of the coolest rock stars in the world."―Kevin Fallon, The Atlantic
"The most scabrously honest and essential rock memoir in a long time....the voice that emerges is unmistakably the dark lord's: growly and profane and black with comedy."―Lou Bayard, The Washington Post
"[A] fast-paced, pull-no-punches autobiography... Richards is at his best when digging into the reasons he plays music, and how he creates it."―The Chicago Tribune
"Life covers all the bases: sex, drugs, guitar riffs... the book, which already seems to have earned a place in the admittedly small canon of genuinely great rock lit, is dishy but not lurid, technical but not wonky. Richards' voice, filtered through Fox's brain, is so relentlessly endearing, no less a critic than Maureen Dowd has declared the prince of darkness a 'consummate gentleman.'"―Rebecca Dana, The Daily Beast
"Compelling, endearing, insightful, action-packed, graceful, generous-spirited, unflinching, and funny... Life distinguishes itself as a singularly entertaining and intelligent kind of music book. With the help, undoubtedly, of Fox in unearthing decades-old memory-jarring diaries and letters, it works as a lively you-are-there account of one man living through a socially and culturally transformative time....I could go on and on with the anecdotes and incidents from Life, but space doesn't allow. Suffice it to say that if you're reading it in a room with somebody else who cares about rock-and-roll, you'll want to read something out loud every page and a half or so. I can't remember ever enjoying a music memoir as much."―Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Richards] is funny, sharp, and insightful....the book is an important addition to the canon of rock lit, chronicling not just the life of an iconic musician and a seminal band but a significant slice of the golden age of rock."―Carlo Wolf, Boston Globe
"As the legendary guitarist for the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards has done more, been more and seen more than you or I will ever dream of, and reading his autobiography, Life, should awaken (if you have a pulse and an I.Q. north of 100) a little bit of the rock star in you.... Music is at the core of Life, as it is at the core of Keith.... Believe me, you won't want to miss a thing. The most impressive part of Life is the wealth of knowledge Keith shares, whether he's telling you how to layer an acoustic guitar until it sounds electric, as he did on the classic Stones track "Street Fighting Man," or how to win a knife fight. He delivers recipe after recipe for everything rock 'n' roll, and let me say it's quite an education....Reading Life is like getting to corner Keith Richards in a room and ask him everything you ever wanted to know about the Rolling Stones, and have him be completely honest with you."―Liz Phair, The New York Times Book Review
"Fiercely entertaining and candid."―San Francisco Chronicle
キースが歌う「Before they make me run」か「Happy」をBGMにこの本を読んでると、あたかも彼が自分に語りかけてくれてるような気持ちになれる楽しい1冊です。
・「jumpin jack flash 」「street fighting man 」では
・アニタの浮気に悩んだ嵐の夜にgimme shelter が
In Life, Richards tells us for openers about a particularly prickly incident during The Rolling Stones' 1975 Tour, one that might have shortened the enterprise, and one that sets the tone for a measured but not unfair diatribe against establishment whimsy that sought to ruin The Stones, in America at least, but not exclusively; in his native UK, Richards observes a system rotting and minus the direction of a society still reeling from the death of the British Empire. Keef is his own man, and doesn't much care for being cajoled into a round compartment when his square edges can find no comfort.
The tour survived, and The Stones were left unscathed. If anything, their notoriety, often yet not always necessarily, thanks the the legends and myths that surround guitarist and founding member Keith Richards, as much as their music, kept the band going.
One of the things the reader will come away with is that Life is not the dirty tell-all most of us were expecting, but it also doesn't sanitize anything. What would be the point? The Stones' story has been told and retold numerous times, but through the eyes of its firebrand guitarist, not until this book came along. Furthermore, expect it to be mostly Keef's story, and not another Stones bio. It's the story he wanted to tell, and he tells it remarkably well--full of colour, wit, charming observations and a candour that perhaps might be the biggest surprise of all: Keith Richards, the ultimate rock star, is also a human being. We've all been a bit unfair in our expectations of the man, even though most of the history does not lie. In Life, Keith lays bare is passions, and does so with a pleasing style--the kind only a willing outsider can display.
Naturally we are introduced to a young Keith Richards, who grows up in the shadow of the war, about which he remarks with great humour. He was a War baby, and boasts that Hitler may have been on his trail, when the infant Keith narrowly misses injury, or worse, as bricks fall around and upon his cot while Germany's bombs wreck havoc on England. As he grows, he develops a survival instinct, and endures some domestic friction, which surprisingly leave no real scars. Keith was too busy to let that bother him, as he had beatings and scraps to contend with. In the end, he learns to trump his tormentors, out of pure necessity, and along the way that Richard's character grows--most notably nurtured through his exposure to the sounds from across the great pond.
Like most British kids of his era, Keith Richards quickly developed a fervent fondness for the sound of American music, first blues and then country, but most certainly in what was then dubbed rock 'n roll. Once Keith takes a seriousness towards music, rock is still something industry insiders have poisoned as pop--light-weight and not quite the real deal, as was blues, the bedrock of The Rolling Stones' sound. But Keith, like his contemporaries, has plenty of time for many of the popular artist who quickly fell under the rock 'n roll umbrella, To him, good music was and still is good music. Much of this love of music provides the framework for Life, and perhaps soundtracks the man's story from all of its eclectic corners.
No book by an artist such as Keith Richards cannot be without its barbs. Keith is no slouch, then, when dispensing them, and his targets are fairly obvious, but one suspects getting them onto the page was a great necessity, to make Life live up to its title. Co-Stone Mick Jagger probably suffers the most, as Keith recounts genuinely painful rifts driven by ego and the lure of celebrity. But Richards has not gone out of his way to tar and feather his foil; he makes it clear that there is and always will be a brotherly love between himself and the world's greatest front man, Mick. He just call bullshit for what it is, and that goes doubly for Stones co-founder and guitarist, Brian Jones.
Jones, it seems, was trouble beyond egos and vanity; he was already a cracked man by the time The Stones had reached a significant point of success, unable to keep his end up. Naturally, drugs were his downfall, although one wonders just how stable Brian Jones ever was. At times Keith comes across as heartless, but bearing in mind he and the rest of the band were working as if on double-shift while Brian crumbled, and literally could not even stand up to play his parts in the studio or on stage, Jones was given the tough love both he and the band needed. His exit was an absolute necessity. Keith's stealing Brian's 'old lady' Anita Pallenberg was hardly a cruel thing to do; if anything, it significantly ended an already rotten relationship, albeit replacing that with one that was in no way smooth sailing.
Much of Life moves past the unsavoury bits in a fitting fashion, allowing Keith to espouse on his twin passions: music and human relationships. He's fervent about music, delving into technique not through a musicianly snobbery, but a manner and attitude on lock-step with pure curiosity. Much the same could be said for the relationships Richards lingers on, fully aware of with the smooth there is plenty of crunchy, but nothing to turn him inwards and reclusive. Keith loves a social moment, which often offers itself in the form of musical exploration and camaraderie.
Life makes for a good, often hilarious and unsettling read. At times it threatens to veer into territory that might seem insignificant, but then the parts fall into place, because it is life Richards is telling us about--his life, all the open sores soothed by the blossoms of living and just getting on with it. In that sense, the book, obviously something Keith Richards has been wanting to share, lives up to its name.
おもしろかったは、やはり少年時代からアートカレッジ時代 〜 ストーンズ結成まであたり。
i haven't read a book like this in years. True, unassuming, extreme and sweet.
Full of energy and greatness.続きを読む