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Case Study No. 1366: Keith Richards (Wannabe Librarian)

Keith Richards - LIVE Shorts - October 29, 2010
"When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church which belongs to God, and the public Library, which belongs to you. The public library is the great equalizer."
--Keith Richards

Outlaw, hellraiser, and one of rock music's most gifted and influential guitarists, Keith Richards has forged a life that most of us can only imagine--and often envy. Amazingly he's lived to tell about it, and now this rock Icon has given us the definitive rock autobiography.

In Life, the man himself tells about life lived fast and hard in the creative hurricane--from his days as a young boy growing up in a council estate, listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, to joining forces with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones to form The Rolling Stones.

With characteristic honesty, he reveals all the highs and lows of rock 'n' roll, from the meteoric rise to fame and the notorious drug busts to the women, drinking, and heroin addiction that made him infamous.

In conversation with Anthony DeCurtis, a music journalist, and contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Keith Richards discusses the storied journey of the Rolling Stones, as well as his passion for books and for history. He chronicles how he created the revolutionary, high-octane riffs that defined "Jumping Jack Flash," "Gimme Shelter" and "Honky Tonk Woman," his affair with the equally infamous Anita Pallenberg (the mother of three of his
children), and the tragic death of Brian Jones. He will also discuss the personal values that have made him a proud, successful father, and a happily married man for more than twenty-five years.

From falling in love with his wife Patti Hansen to his relationship with his "brother," Mick Jagger, we follow Keef on the ultimate road trip we have all longed to know more about-- the story of an unfettered, fearless, on-the-edge life lived to the absolute fullest.
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[Paul Holdengraber, director of "Live from the NYPL", addresses the audience]
PAUL: When Keith Richards was a child, he wanted to be ... a librarian.
[cut to Keith Richards sitting down with and speaking with Anthony DeCurtis (contributing editor of "Rolling Stone" in front of the audience]
KEITH: Down at the public library ... I mean, it's nothing like this, believe me!
[he laughs, then cut back to Paul]
PAUL: He said that, growing up in England, two institutions mattered to him most ... The church, which belongs to God, and the library. The public library, which belongs to the people. The public library, he said, was the great equalizer.
[cut back to Keith and Anthony]
KEITH: To me, I don't know, it was a place where ... You got a sort of hint that maybe there was this thing called civilization. Y'know, it was the only place around where you willingly would obey the rules, like "Silence" ... "Please!"
[the audience laughs]
KEITH: I tip-toed like the best of them, man! It's there for everbody. I mean, I still have fines from about fifty years ago!
[the audience laughs]


From dailymail.co.uk:

How hell-raising Rolling Stone Keith Richards wanted to become a librarian

By Simon Cable
UPDATED: 19:25 EST, 4 April 2010

When it comes to living a life of excess, he virtually wrote the rulebook.

But fans eager to hear about Keith Richard's debaucherous tales of sex, drugs and rock n roll in his upcoming autobiography may be a little disappointed.

It appears that the guitarist has made a rather startling confession: He is in fact an avid bookworm who has taken great pride in developing libraries inside his homes in Sussex and Connecticut.

Sources in the publishing world who are familiar with the contents of his memoirs, claim he admits to once considering 'professional training' to manage his vast collection of books.

The 66-year-old is said to have started painstakingly arranging copies of rare books about the history of early American rock and the Second World War using libraries standard Dewey Decimal classification system.

Despite apparently giving up on the idea because it was 'too much hassle', he still takes pride in displaying his favourite books by the bedside for guests who visit Redlands, his Elizabethan farmhouse in West Sussex and his property in Weston, Connecticut.

He is also said to enthusiastically lend volumes of Bernard Cornwell and Len Deighton novels to friends, according the The Times.

In his autobiography, which is due out in October, Richards it is claimed that he will talk about how he developed a love of reading whilst growing up in the suburbs of London following the Second World War and before discovering music.

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