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Marianne Faithfull
Book review: 'Life' by Keith Richards
Book review: 'Life' by Keith Richards

"Life," Keith Richards' 500-plus-page autobiography, is a life story remarkably short on life stories — or at least the sort we might expect. Partly, of course, that's a matter of memory. "The ultimate party," Richards writes, "if it's any good, you can't remember it. You get these brief vignettes of what you did." But even more, it has to do with intention, with what Richards wants to say about his myth. He is, after all, the very model of the rock star bad boy: drug addict, bluesman, libertine. But he is also, as anyone who has followed his career knows, exceedingly intelligent, a keen and cool-eyed observer of the illusions that...