Review of Life by Keith Richards

The main reason I rented this audiobook biography of Keith Richards was because Johnny Depp performs it. I only wish he would have performed more of it.

I did not expect literary greatness, but what I got was informative. I would call it overly detailed for a biography, but I imagine that is what fans wanted. If I had a greater regard for Richards, perhaps I would have been more engrossed in the trivia surrounding his career. But I have seldom separated the members of the Rolling Stones into individual human beings. They seem more like a collective unit, indistinguishable from one another. They have always been a solid band in my book. Constantly playing in the background of my life, along with other obvious comparisons like The Who and The Beatles. Honestly, it was tiresome to listen to the same variety of events I have witnessed in almost every Hollywoodized depiction of rock & roll stardom. Just watch A Star is Born.

It was interesting to hear about their adaptation of Blues techniques and some of the struggles they encountered on their way to the top, but it all sounds like a cliche thanks to all the others who have followed in his footsteps and told their own versions of the humble beginnings to super-celebrity trajectory. A glance at The Stones’ huge discography goes a long way to explain their vast and universal influence within the industry. You won’t get tired of listening to their music, but only true fans will relish every part of this over-long biography.

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