London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2010. [Rock Biography / Autobiography] SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.654. Hardcover with black and white plates, original dust-jacket. One of an unspecified limited number autographed by Keith Richards on a specially-printed 'exclusive signed edition' leaf, following the half title. A fine, unused copy. Acknowledged as perhaps the greatest rhythm guitarist in Rock n Roll, Keith is likely even more legendary for his near-miraculous ability to survive the most debauched excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle. His prodigious consumption of drugs and alcohol has been well documented, and would likely have destroyed anyone with a less amazing endurance level. On stage with the Rolling Stones he epitomized the guitar-hero cool as the quiet, stoic alter ego to Jagger's extroverted frontman, a widely imitated image made all the more fascinating by his tightrope-walking hedonism. Yet part of Richards' mystique often overshadows his musical legacy. Arguably the finest blues-based rhythm guitarist to hit rock n roll since his idol Chuck Berry, Richards knocked out some of the most indelible guitar riffs in rock history, and he did it so often and with such apparent effortlessness that it was easy to take his songwriting skills for granted. His lean, punchy, muscular sound was the result of his unerring sense of groove and intuitive use of space within songs, all of which played a major part in laying the groundwork for hard rock. Item #53807
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