Keith Richards: Life
Lawrence Russell reviews the Keith Richards memoir Life. Ronnie was the trophy girlfriend of the infamous American producer Phil Spector at the There was Uschi Obermaier -- "The best bad girl I know" -- who reappeared unexpectedly. Find out about Keith Richards & Uschi Obermaier Relationship, joint family tree a relationship with Uschi Obermaier Keith Richards dated Haleema Mohamed. In his autobiography, Keith Richards describes his relationship with Mick Anna Wohlin was the girlfriend of Brian Jones at the time he died. Uschi Obermaier was a German model linked with politically motivated communes in Berlin.
The Rolling Stones song "Brown Sugar" is written about her. Linda Keith Linda Keith is said to be Keith Richards first girlfriend, they began dating in and broke up in She was the one of the first people to introduce Keith to drugs.
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She had a brief relationship with Brian Jones inthen went on to become one of Jimi Hendrix's high profile girlfriends. Inwhile she was 4 months pregnant, the two married in Saint Tropez, France. The two had a daughter named Jade born in Bianca is known for being a social and human rights activist, and was a regular at Studio The two divorced inthough Bianca has said that "My marriage ended on my wedding day".
Bianca kept the last name Jagger. Mick wrote the song "Luxury" and "Respectable" about her. Shirley Shepherd Shirley Shepherd met Charlie Watts in the early 60s, before the band had become successful. The two secretly married on October 14, They have one daughter Seraphina Watts, born in They are still together today. Astrid helped raise Bill's son Stephan from a previous marriage. Patti Hansen Patti Hansen was a successful model in the 70s and 80s.
In this story of a rocker's transit from childhood to old age, you always see the boy in the man. Possibly the ghost writer James Fox acknowledged has something to do with this persona, but for sure the editor did.
No clinical sex, no true confession. Yes, the women and the groupies are mentioned, although you are left with about five or six who really mattered. For the most part, off-stage is off-stage.
Keith calls the Sanchez book tabloid but it's dramatic like a non-fiction novel, and is now a rock 'n' roll classic. These days Keith Richards has grandchildren, doesn't need that sort of notoriety, and probably isn't as interested in that old shit anyway. Other than dope, guitars and guitar playing is what he's all about, and there's plenty of that in Life In fact, you've read it in the official Stones coffee table book According To The Rolling Stonesso you might be left thinking all the "co-writer" James Fox did was montage this existing material with a few updates by Keith on the tape recorder.
Linda Keith broke his heart, but you probably knew that.
Oddly, although Linda eventually became involved with Jimi Hendrix, she's still alive today. Then, of course, there's Ronnie Bennett, of the Ronettes, whom Keith met on a tour of England in the mid-sixties.
Ronnie was the trophy girlfriend of the infamous American producer Phil Spector at the time, a man so jealous that when he and Ronnie were later married he had a gold coffin made for her, kept it in the basement "just in case". They had three children and would still have been together if she hadn't screwed up so badly under dope dereliction.
In the toy-boy lover who shot himself playing Russian roulette was the last straw, probably, although she and Keith were no longer playing house. You might recall the particularly nasty description by some rock journalist back then that she was "now bloated beyond gender. You can read about them if you want. Keith likes models, especially German ones. There was Uschi Obermaier -- "The best bad girl I know" -- who reappeared unexpectedly in Cabo San Lucas when Keith spent a lost year there inand then vanished after her boyfriend was decapitated when he crashed his motor cycle outside of town.
This was just before he married Patti Hansen, an American model who is still his wife today. The Richards presence is still folkloric in Cabo, where many still point to a shack on the beach, say that's where he got married or got stoned, or claim to have drank Jack with him in Sammy Hagar's club Cabo Wabo.
Even by then, Keith Richards was a legend, the subject of a collective hallucination. Many of you aspired to be him, just as he says "Mick was aspiring to be Mick Jagger, chasing his own phantom. He admired Lennon's approach to music, the world, and indeed he had to have been affected by Lennon's assassination, although he doesn't go into it. If ever a rocker needed a reason to carry a concealed weapon, Lennon's death provided the rationale.
Lennon was an influence, no doubt about it, as he and McCartney provided the Stones with their first original song I Wanna Be Your Manwhich made it plain that Richards and Jagger should be writing their own material.
And although Richards says he was introduced to "open tunings" on the guitar by Gram Parsons and Ry Cooder, it's possible that John Lennon may have shown the way as he started out using a banjo tuning under the tutelage of his aunt.
Whatever way Keith Richards came upon the 5 string G tuning, there is no disputing its influence on the signature Stones sound, especially after Honky Tonk Woman. Discussing another Stones classic of the period, Jumpin' Jack FlashRichards says he's heard many bands try to play it but just can't quite get it because you have to use the five string open G tuning to to get that chime.
Would Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer agree? There is an interesting aside concerning the origin of this tune. Keith says it's a Richards-Jagger composition, implies the lick is all his, yet in his attractive coffee table book Rolling With The Stones, bassist Bill Wyman states categorically that the Jumpin' Jack Flash lick is his. Keith Richards describes quite clearly his song-writing method -- the lick, the opening vocal phrase, with the Jag finishing off the words -- and mentions nothing about Wyman when talking about JJF.
In fact, more often than not he mocks "Bill Perks" Wyman for his pathological sexual gluttony and for bailing from the band back in supposedly because he'd developed a fear of flying. Could be so, and when you consider Wyman's age and his outsider status, there should be no surprise. By the early nineties, the Stones as a band were dysfunctional, and many considered them history. When is it sniping, or edgy fraternal humor, or plain brute innuendo? Mick's "tiny todger" or "Bill Perks" Wymanthe thousand chick lothario with his own personal groupie spotter.
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Maybe so, but the fact is Wyman's book Rolling With The Stones is a very good symposium of photos, art, artifacts and recollections about the Stones, tells you all you really need to know.
Keith often praises the drummer Charlie Watts, but doesn't move much charity Wyman's way well, once, when Wyman came to see him in jail. Maybe this is why you never seem to hear the bass in the majority of the Stones recordings, especially in the pre-Sticky Fingers era -- old Bill was only in there for the visuals. Too much time, too much money; Keith Richards went straight from school into a rock band, never truly experienced the reality of ordinary work.
He seems to have spent close to 40 years in a narco somnambulism, sleeping by day, partying by night. His anger at Jagger taking over the band seems misplaced; if Keith's going to spend most of his time doped up, hiding out like Norma Desmond in drag, missing appointments, gigs, sessions or taking an hour in the can to fix up between takes, what does he expect?
Still, it's all relative in a band of brothers, isn't it Disco was cocaine and Mick was cocaine. A betrayal of his Dartford street origin, Keith thinks. The movement from clown to pet to aristo is quite easy when you have money and all the flattery it can buy. Keith is quite scornful about Mick's knighthood, and why not? It suggests that Mick really is the force behind the Stones, and that Mick is the person the Establishment prefers to negotiate with.
Knighthood is like a gang tattoo, a snot inclusion zone, a perpetuation of that niggling class issue that the UK suffers from, that is, which side of town do you come from. These guys -- the Glimmer Twins -- are not from the middle exactly, they're from the hole in the middle. Keith's mother and father split, he lives like a refugee. Yep, it's not ideal, but at least he doesn't whine about it, and you have to be impressed by how he stuck with his young son Marlon when his "marriage" to Anita Pallenberg became a thing in name only.
But then again, even this isn't beyond criticism, as Marlon appears to have been looking after his dad rather than the other way around. If Keith didn't have minders, he'd be more than late. Despite his stated fastidiousness about measuring his smack intake, you recognize early on in the story that the man is a fatalist. Forget the eye shadow and the skull rings -- anyone who wakes up and puts on his wife's clothes has to be. The danger was that music would disappear, just as writing disappeared for the heroin author Alexander Trocchi, that the stupefaction becomes the art.