Keith Richards is to many – rock n’ roll!
The world’s most elegantly wasted human being has a reputation which is legendary. Aside from cockroaches, the only other living entity who will survive a nuclear war. In the words of Richards himself;
“I feel sorry for those fuckin’ cockroaches …!”
Aside from the perception of the man, as attested in his biography titled ‘Life’; Richards is a very wise man. Fifty years as the poster boy for decadence will do that. A survivor of addiction, drug busts and falling off of a bush to a near fatal brain injury – Richards legacy remains intact.
Here are a few ‘words of wisdom’ from the man who classical guitarist Liona Boyd was referred to as; the greatest guitarist of all time …
Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.
Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death. You can’t do it by pushing buttons and watching a TV screen.
Hey, we just enjoy it. I think we think we’re getting the hang of this thing, you know?
I have no idea what the audience makes of me.
I look for ambiguity when I’m writing because life is ambiguous.
I never thought I was wasted, but I probably was.
I only get ill when I give up drugs.
I’ve always been suspicious of TV, I’ve always found music and video to be an unhappy marriage.
I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.
If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
It’s an addiction… and addiction is something I should know something about.
It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.
Let me be clear about this. I don’t have a drug problem. I have a police problem.
Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.
The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.
The Stones in a club is still the ultimate rush.
There’s no substitute for live work to keep a band together.
To make a rock’n’roll record, technology is the least important thing.