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Keith Richards (born December 18, 1943 in Dartford , Kent , United Kingdom ) is a British musician and songwriter .

Richards is a founding member of the British blues rock band The Rolling Stones, which has existed since 1962, and has been part of the formation ever since as a rhythm and lead guitarist . His riffs and licks are formative for the sound of the Rolling Stones, occasionally he also appears as the band's singer. Richards writes a large part of the songs together with frontman Mick Jagger - occasionally under the pseudonyms Nanker Phelge or The Glimmer Twins . The writer duo Jagger / Richards has been a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame since 1993 .

The music magazine Rolling Stone placed Richards (" The Human Riff ") in fourth place on the list of the 100 best guitarists . As a member of the Rolling Stones, Richards is also part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame .

At times he used the name Keith Richard .

Childhood and youth

Richards (1965)

Keith Richards was born on December 18, 1943 in Dartford , a small town in northwest Kent . He is the only child of the industrial worker Herbert ("Bert") Richards and his wife Doris Maud Lydia (née Dupree) and grew up in simple circumstances. Keith first went to Wentworth Primary School , which the neighbor boy Mick Jagger also attended until he moved in 1954, which led to the intermittent breakup of contact. Richards then moved to the Dartford Technical High School for Boys (1955–59) and sang as a soprano in the boys' choir a . a. the Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah in Westminster Abbey in front of Queen Elizabeth II.

His maternal grandfather, Augustus Theodore ("Gus") Dupree, who had played in jazz bands during the 1930s , piqued little Keith's interest in guitar playing. “He had this guitar hanging on the wall. And he teased me for years that I couldn't take my eyes off that damn thing - until he got to the point of saying, 'If you get her turn, I'll let you play with it,' ”Richards wrote in his Autobiography Life . Using classical Spanish guitar music, Dupree then taught his grandson the first pieces ("My grandfather thought it was good practice to learn where the notes are.") .

After Richards had to leave Dartford Tech , he was accepted at Sidcup Art College , an art school, in London ( Borough of Bexley ) in 1959 . In the same year his mother bought him his first acoustic guitar for £ 10 and Richards became interested in the blues music of African-American performers such as Billie Holiday , Louis Armstrong , Howlin 'Wolf and Duke Ellington and began to play their pieces. Soon he was neglecting school to listen to music or play guitar with fellow classmate Dick Taylor . On October 17, 1961, on the way to school in London, Richards met Mick Jagger again at Dartford train station, who had meanwhile been attending the London School of Economics . They started a conversation because Jagger was carrying some rhythm and blues records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters under his arm and Richards was also enthusiastic about this music, which is relatively unknown in Great Britain. This chance encounter and the common interest in the blues led to the resumption and intensification of their friendship. Jagger occasionally rehearsed with his band Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys , to which Bob Beckwirth and their mutual friend Dick Taylor belonged and Richards joined the formation, which did not appear publicly.

To hear live music, Jagger and Richards went to hip London clubs, preferably on the weekends. There they came into contact with Alexis Korner and occasionally appeared as a guest musician in his group Blues Incorporated , where they met the guitarist Brian Jones and the pianist Ian Stewart , which eventually led to the founding of the original formation of the Rolling Stones after Jones' initiative in May 1962 . The first performance took place on July 12, 1962 at the London Marquee Club . Around the same time, Richards dropped out of Sidcup Art College to devote himself entirely to the music and development of the band. He left his parents' house and moved into a modest shared apartment with Brian Jones and Mick Jagger in 102 Edith Grove ( Chelsea district ). "The Rolling Stones spent their first year hanging out in pubs, stealing food and practicing," writes Richards in Life. Around the same time, Richard's parents separated, leading to a long-standing estrangement with his father that was not resolved until 1982.

After the Rolling Stones signed their first recording deal with Decca Records in 1963 , band manager Andrew Loog Oldham deleted the letter s from Richard's surname. In the late 1970s, Richards added it back to his name.

Rolling Stones

Keith Richards before a concert (May 1965)
In 1973
Richards (left) with Mick Jagger (1981)
Richards during a concert (1982)
Richards (left) with Darryl Jones and Bobby Keys ( Hyde Park , July 6, 2013)

Since the band was founded, Richards has made a significant contribution to the sound of the Rolling Stones as a rhythm guitarist . Together with the drummer Charlie Watts and the bassist Bill Wyman he provided the rhythmic basis on which the singer Mick Jagger and the lead guitarist Brian Jones could present themselves. The Rolling Stones' music sounded rough and dirty and with its “black” blues influences was something completely new. Through their sound, their loud, rude, rebellious and vulgar stage appearances, their manager Andrew Oldham succeeded in stylizing the Rolling Stones as a wild alternative to the Beatles . While the band members heated up the mood with provocative statements and suggestive gestures, the concerts regularly ended in violent riots.

Until 1964, the musical repertoire of the Rolling Stones consisted exclusively of cover versions of their American role models ( Chuck Berry , Bo Diddley , Muddy Waters , John Lee Hooker , Howlin 'Wolf , Buddy Holly ). In order to ensure long-lasting success, Oldham encouraged Jagger and Richards to write their own songs for the band along the lines of the composer duo Lennon / McCartney . This laid the foundation for one of the most successful songwriting duos in rock history. After a piece by Jagger / Richards had conquered number one in the British charts with The Last Time in the spring of 1965, the breakthrough in the United States came with (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction in the summer of 1965 . The idea for the unmistakable entrance riff came to Richards on the night of May 7, 1965 after a concert on their US tour in Clearwater (Florida) . That night, Richards couldn't sleep at the Fort Harrison Hotel ; However, a chord progression occurred to him that he immediately played on the guitar and recorded with his portable cassette recorder - the opening sequence of Satisfaction . The next morning, Richards played the recording to his songwriter partner Mick Jagger and suggested the line "I can't get no satisfaction" as the text, whereupon the enthusiastic Jagger finished the song. The album Aftermath , released in 1966, exclusively contained pieces by Jagger / Richards and established the Stones as a viable band with musical ambitions. After Brian Jones had been the band leader of the Rolling Stones in the first few years , the songwriters Jagger / Richards formed the undisputed center of the band by 1965 at the latest and provided the musical development. This tendency continued in particular through the beginning collaboration with the producer Jimmy Miller . Jones, who was marked by drug abuse, hardly appeared on the album Beggars Banquet (1968), Jagger and Richards either deleted his contributions afterwards or did not record them at all. Eventually Brian Jones was kicked out of the band on June 8, 1969 and replaced by Mick Taylor . The combination of Richards' idiosyncratic sloppy style and the disciplined playfulness of the new lead guitarist opened up new artistic levels for the Rolling Stones, which made the albums Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971) and especially Exile on Main St. (1972) for numerous Critics rank among the Stones' highest quality albums. They managed to vary between different musical styles such as blues, country and also English folk without losing their identity and roots. Especially through his close friendship with the country rocker Gram Parsons , Richards was able to deepen his knowledge of country music, which was clearly noticeable on these albums.

At the beginning of his career with the Rolling Stones, Richards appeared regularly as a background singer , on the albums Between the Buttons (1967) and Beggars Banquet (1968) he sang the two final songs together with Jagger ( Something Happend To Me Yesterday and Something Happend To Me Yesterday). Salt Of The Earth ). In the ballad You Got the Silver (on the album Let It Bleed ) he took over the lead vocals for the first time, as did Happy (Exile on Main St.) , which Richards performed on the following US tour (The Rolling Stones American Tour) . Since the early 1970s, it became a habit for Richards to sing at least one song on every album except Sticky Fingers (1971), It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1974), and Blue & Lonesome (2016). Next to Happy , Before They Make Me Run was the song most often sung by Richards during Stones concerts, and since 1986 he has sung two songs per show. Since the A-Bigger-Bang tour in 2005, You Got The Silver has been an integral part of the band's stage appearance.

The 1970s were a time of direction for the Rolling Stones, who had left Great Britain for tax reasons. The albums Goats Head Soup (1973), It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1974) and Black and Blue (1976) were commercially successful, but no longer reached the aggressive intensity of their predecessors. The band was now part of the social establishment they once despised themselves, and the audience's perception of the Stones' appearance as uninspired fed rumors of a possible separation. Internal differences of the members led to the departure of the frustrated Mick Taylor at the end of 1974, who saw his artistic contributions from Jagger / Richards not being sufficiently taken into account. “He was a virtuoso. I was instinctive. If it had been up to me, he would still play with us, ”says Richards Taylor in mourning. As a successor to the 1975 could Faces - lead guitarist Ron Wood are obtained, which is however only since 1993 a full member of the band. Meanwhile, Keith Richards had to struggle with private problems, such as the death of his three-month-old son Tara Jo Jo Gunne († June 6, 1976) and his increasing heroin addiction . Control of his drug addiction had largely slipped away from Richards, causing his creativity and reliability to suffer and he regularly came into conflict with the law.

In the mid-1980s, the Rolling Stones threatened to break up, as Mick Jagger went on solo projects and felt little desire to work with the Stones, let alone go on tour. The relationship between the Glimmer Twins was more than tense. Richards' reaction to this was the formation of the band X-Pensive Winos . He recorded his first solo album Talk Is Cheap with her in 1988 and went on tour. Neither Jagger nor Richards wanted to see great success. After a violent argument, they reconciled, wrote songs together in Barbados for the album Steel Wheels released in 1989 and completed the biggest tour in rock history with the Rolling Stones in 1989/90.

The music magazine Rolling Stone recognized the songwriting partnership Jagger / Richards as sixth in their list of the 100 best songwriters of all time .

Solo career

Richards and drummer Steve Jordan while recording Talk Is Cheap , New York 1988

Except for the single Run Rudolph Run / The Harder They Come on Rolling Stones Records in December 1978, there was for a long time no reason for Keith Richards to release records outside of the Rolling Stones world. Concerts with the New Barbarians were more of a private pleasure. It was only because of Mick Jagger's solo activities and his refusal to tour with the Stones that Keith Richards took on the album Talk Is Cheap with the X-Pensive Winos in 1988 and went on tour with them. Richards appeared as lead singer and guitarist. In 1992, Main Offender was followed by a second solo album in collaboration with the X-Pensive Winos and another concert tour. In 2015, Richards' third solo album Crosseyed Heart was released.

In 1985, Richards performed at the Live Aid Concert organized by Bob Geldof with Bob Dylan and Ron Wood in Philadelphia. In 1986 he led the band on the occasion of Chuck Berry's 60th birthday at two concerts in St. Louis. On July 10, 2004 he was at the Gram Parsons tribute concert and was one of the 'Friends' at Willy Nelson & Friends ( Outlaws and Angels , 2004). In the late 1990s, Keith Richards directed and produced an album for the Jamaican rasta band Wingless Angels .

On various albums, Richards supports colleagues who are friends (mostly as a guitarist, sometimes as a singer). A selection: Ron Wood , Peter Tosh ( Bush Doctor , 1978), Black Uhuru ( Vital Selection , 1980), Nona Hendryx ( The Heat , 1985), Tom Waits ( Rain Dogs , 1985, Bone Machine , 1992 and Bad As Me , 2011). Aretha Franklin ( Jumpin 'Jack Flash , 1986), John Phillips ( Pay Pack & Follow , recordings from 1973 and others with Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Mick Taylor, published 2001), Uptown Horns Revue (1993), Ivan Neville ( Thanks , 1995), Jimmy Rogers All Stars (1999), Sheryl Crow ( Live at Central Park , 1999) Peter Wolf ( Sleepless , 2002), Tim Ries ( The Rolling Stones Project , 2005) and Buddy Guy (2006). He can be heard on the Hank Williams tribute CD Timeless with the song You win again (2001). As part of the Charles Mingus homage Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus , he played with Charlie Watts and the wind group The Uptown Horns in 1992; he sang and played the blues Oh Lord, Don't let them Drop that Atomic Bomb on Me .

After the actor Johnny Depp , who was friends with Keith Richards, repeatedly named Richards as a role model for his impersonation of the peculiar pirate captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates-of-the-Caribbean film series, the latter was in the third part of Pirates of the Caribbean in 2007 made his acting debut as Jack Sparrow's father. In a small role he plays Captain Teague Sparrow, an old, guitar-playing pirate who guards the pirate code. Keith Richards took over the part again for the fourth part, Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides , which was released in 2011 .

In July 2015, Richards released Trouble, the first song of his third solo album, Crosseyed Heart , which was released on September 18, 2015.

Keith Richards' guitar playing

The Fender Telecaster preferred by Richards , called "Micawber"


Keith Richards is one of the most famous and influential guitarists in rock music. He was influenced, among others, by Bo Diddley , Scotty Moore , Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry , who is considered his greatest role model. For example, when Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 , he said that it was "a little difficult for him to appreciate someone from whom I stole everything". In 1986 he also organized two concerts in honor of Berry, who celebrated his 60th birthday that year. Berry's influence on Keith Richards can be heard particularly well in the Rolling Stones song Star Fucker (also known as Star Star ). He uses a lot of typical Chuck Berry licks . It is unusual that Keith Richards did not excel as a guitarist with virtuoso solos and long improvisations like many other guitarists of his time, including Eric Clapton , Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana , but with riffs and licks that were largely based on fundamentals, but extremely concise . His effectively reduced guitar playing, mostly performed with the pick, which is one of the Rolling Stones' secrets of success, earned him the reputation of being one of the best rhythm guitarists in rock music ; he is also known by the nickname "The Human Riff". A typical example of his playing is the main riff of Satisfaction , which consists of only three tones.

When the Rolling Stones took a long tour break in 1967/68, Keith Richards discovered the possibilities of so-called open moods for his guitar playing. Such tunings deviating from the standard tuning were characteristic of traditional blues music, from which he drew his inspiration. Richards began to experiment with the sounds made possible by an acoustic guitar in combination with a cassette recorder and to use them for recordings, which can be heard in Jumpin 'Jack Flash and Street Fighting Man (Open-D) , among others .

During sessions with Ry Cooder he came across Open-G tuning . With OpenG tuning, the standard tuning is varied so that a G major chord sounds when you hit the blank pages. Richards used this mood, which was traditionally used for slide guitar play, for the game without bottleneck. In order to have the root note in the first place, he removed the electric string and finally had a guitar built for 5 strings. In the meantime, the Open-G mood (GDghd) has become characteristic of Keith Richard's guitar playing and the sound of Stones classics such as Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar and Start me up.


Keith Richards plays various guitars and amps . For guitar amplifiers, he relies on valve amplifiers from Fender and Marshall . He plays various acoustic guitars as well as the electric guitar models Fender Stratocaster , Gibson Les Paul , Gibson Les Paul Junior and Gibson ES-335 . His trademark are old Fender Telecasters , which were often modified with a neck humbucker . They're usually tuned in Open-G and only have five strings because Keith Richards removed the low E string.

Drugs, excesses and diseases

In the year 2008

After a party attended by Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull , photographer Michael Cooper , art dealer Robert Fraser , antique dealer Christopher Gibbs , George Harrison and his girlfriend Pattie Boyd , Richard's country house became Redlands due to an anonymous tip from the News of tabloid the World searched by police on February 12, 1967. Equipped with a judicial power of attorney, the investigators seized various substances for forensic tests. Accompanied by enormous media interest Jagger and Richards on May 10 before were Chichester Magistrates Court due to the possession of stimulants without a prescription and marijuana (Jagger) and the toleration of the use of cannabis accused (Richards). On June 29, Richards was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of £ 500 . Richards then spent one night in Wormwood Scrubs Jail , Jagger in Brixton . After a day they were released on bail of £ 14,000. In the absence of evidence, the Court of Appeals overturned Richards' sentence on July 31, 1967, and Jagger's sentence was suspended.

Richards was addicted to heroin in the 1970s . As a result, he repeatedly came into conflict with the law; so he was sentenced to one year probation in 1978 in Toronto for drug possession. He also had to play two benefit concerts in Canada. The concerts for the benefit of the blind took place on April 22, 1979 in Oshawa , Canada. The first part was played by Ron Wood's leisure band The New Barbarians and the second half by the Stones, with Prodigal Son played by Beggar's Banquet as a transition to the Stones appearance. With the New Barbarians , Keith went on a short US tour from May 7, 1979. After several unsuccessful withdrawal cures, he succeeded in breaking off heroin in 1979, although he continued to strongly encourage other drugs (cocaine, sedatives, alcohol). According to his own statement, he is only still alive because he always paid attention to the highest pharmaceutical quality and was also careful with the dosage.

The beginning of the European concert series of the Bridges to Babylon tour in 1998 had to be postponed because Richards had fallen off the ladder in his library. There were also delays in 2006 when Richards allegedly fell from a palm tree in a hotel complex on the Fiji Islands during a break on the Bigger Bang tour and had to undergo surgery for head injuries in a hospital in Auckland , New Zealand . However, he later confessed that he did not fall from a palm tree, but from the slippery branch of a dead tree. He apparently only told this "story" to the press because he was uncomfortable not being able to perform on time. During this operation, a blood clot was removed from his skull. Since he has had to take anticoagulant medication ever since, he has since completely refrained from using cocaine and other blood-thinning drugs on the advice of doctors. In his autobiography he claims that it was surprisingly easy for him to do without drugs: he has probably grown tired of drugs by now.

In April 2007 it became known that Richard had, according to his own account, sniffed parts of the ashes of his father, who was cremated in 2002, along with cocaine, because he "could not withstand", which was later denied. In 2010, Richards discussed this incident in such a way that he only took "a whiff": "I couldn't just wipe it away, so I ran my finger over it and sniffed that little bit."

In May 2008, Richards admitted in an interview that he and bandmates like Mick Jagger used to provide the press with false stories about their "wild life" in order to contribute to their own legendary formation.

Private life

The first steadfast relationship Richards had from 1963 to 1966 with the model Linda Keith . Between 1967 and 1979, Richards was in a relationship with the German-Italian actress Anita Pallenberg , who was previously in a relationship with bandmate Brian Jones. The relationship with Pallenberg resulted in a total of three children: Marlon Leon Sundeep (born August 10, 1969), Angela (born April 17, 1972) and Tara Jo Jo Gunne (* / † March 26, 1976; cot death).

In 1979 he met the American model Patti Hansen and the couple married on December 18, 1983 (Richards' 40th birthday) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico . The couple has two daughters: Theodora (born March 18, 1985) and Alexandra Nicole (born July 28, 1986), both of whom also work as models. Keith Richards now has five grandchildren, including three by his son Marlon: Ella Rose (* 1996), Orson (* 2000) and Ida (* 2004). Two more come from his daughter Angela: Ava Melody (* 2001) and Otto Red (* February 6, 2014).

Primary residence of the family is an estate in the city of Weston in the US state of Connecticut . Richards has lived there since 1991 in an “opulent, Italian-style villa” - near the nature reserve Devil's Den Preserve and not far from the town of Ridgefield .

In addition, Richards owns his country estate Redlands in the southern English Sussex, acquired in 1966, as well as a house on the Caribbean island of Parrot Cay ( Turks and Caicos Islands ).


In October 2010, Richards published a 736 page autobiography entitled "Life". He enlisted the help of his friend James Fox in writing. The rights to the book were auctioned off at the 2007 Book Fair in Frankfurt am Main. A bet resulted in a contract with an advance of 5.5 million euros.

The musician also built a monument to his grandfather in the children's book Gus und ich . Richard's daughter Theodora contributed numerous illustrations. The story tells how Keith became aware of guitars as a young boy through visits to his grandfather and gradually developed a lifelong enthusiasm. Attached is a CD on which the rock guitarist reads and plays himself.


From Keith Richards:

  • “Nobody claims that you have to reach the biblical age of 70 right away. When I was 20, I couldn't even imagine how you would feel at 28. "(1971)
  • “I can only repeat myself in this regard: I have no problems with drugs. Only with cops. "(1972)
  • “Drinks were never my problem. I wrote my best things when I was crazy. "(1977)
  • “I'm my best drinking buddy. What exactly I drink or throw in seems to interest outsiders more than I do myself. The idea of ​​taking something in order to transform yourself into Keith Richards is completely bizarre. "(2002)
  • “Hey, I saw the white light at the end of the tunnel. But if nothing happens and you come back - that's the real shock. "(2002)
  • “I hope they are as bad as their reputation.” (2003, during a press conference in Munich in the run-up to the German kick-off of the Rolling Stones tour, which was called the Licks Tour, in which the formerly controversial German rock band Böhse Onkelz appeared on August 8, 2003 in Hanover in the opening act for the Stones)
  • "Mick and I are not particularly good friends - we just clashed too often for that - but we are brothers and brothers are inseparable." (2007)
  • “I was very careful about how much I took. I never took anything just because I wanted to get the high up. That's why most people screw it up. "(2010)
  • “In 2007 the Stones had a lot of touring behind them. We were drained and needed a break. That probably gave me the idea to write a book. I didn't take it that seriously at first. But as it went on, one thing became clear to me: Only I and the people who know me know how I really am. "(2015, about the writing of his memoir Life , which was published in German in 2010)
  • “I know a lot of people, but only Muddy Waters was like a father to me. He took me under his wing. It's amazing that we could play together. Was that an honor for me? It was as if I had died and landed right in heaven. "(2015)
  • “After I left home, my parents split up. I haven't had contact with my father for 20 years. After about 20 years I wrote him a letter and even got an answer. We wanted to meet at my house in England. Ronnie Wood was supposed to protect me, I was so scared. After a few minutes we had everything cleared up. He was my best buddy for the next 20 years. During those 20 years I took him to every trip and show. I showed him the whole world. "(2015)

Solo recordings

Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1988 Talk is cheap DE20 (7 weeks)
- CH30 (1 week)
UK37 (3 weeks)

(23 weeks)US
First published: October 3, 1988
1992 Main Offender DE60 (10 weeks)
- - UK45 (1 week)
US99 (10 weeks)
First published: October 19, 1992
2015 Crosseyed Heart DE3 (13 weeks)
AT1 (9 weeks)
CH4 (7 weeks)
UK7 (4 weeks)
US11 (5 weeks)
First published: September 18, 2015
2019 Talk Is Cheap - 30th Anniversary Standard Edition DE15 (2 weeks)
AT20 (1 week)
CH18 (2 weeks)
UK43 (1 week)
First published: March 29, 2019

more publishments

  • 1978: Run Rudolph Run (7 ″ single)
  • 1991: Live at the Hollywood Palladium 1988
  • 1993: Eileen (5-Track Japan Mini Album)
  • 1997: Wingless Angels - Volume I (vocals and guitar)
  • 2006: The New Barbarians - Buried Alive (Live 1979)
  • 2007: The First Barbarians - Live from Kilburn (Live 1974)
  • 2010: Wingless Angels - Volume II (vocals and guitar)
  • 2010: Vintage Vinos (compilation)

Films / guest appearances


The Stuttgart entomologist Arnold Staniczek , a fan of the Rolling Stones and a scientist at the State Museum for Natural History Stuttgart , discovered seven different fossil species of stonefly in 99 million year old Burmese amber together with two other researchers . As a tribute to the Rolling Stones, these Rolling Stoneflies were named after the current and former members of the band. The art dedicated to Keith Richards is called Lapisperla keithrichardsi and its embedding is similar to Keith Richards ' lunge, which is often seen on stage. Just like the stone fly Petroperla mickjaggeri , the insect has a large tongue and thus resembles the Stones logo. Richards met his musical role model, the famous blues star Muddy Waters, who had a significant influence on Keith Richards guitar playing, for the first time in the recording studios of the record company Chess Records in Chicago , where Muddy Waters was standing on a ladder in the hallway Covered with fresh paint. A sound engineer introduced the two musicians to each other, after which a friendly conversation ensued between Richards and Waters.


  • Keith Richards and co-author James Fox: Life. Translated by Willi Winkler, Wolfgang Müller and Ulrich Thiele Heyne Verlag, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-453-16303-4 .
  • Victor Bockris: Keith Richards - The biography of the legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones. Heyne Verlag, 1992.
  • Barbara Charone: Get Off of My Cloud. Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones. Rogner & Bernhard, Munich 1981.
  • Philipp Norman: The Rolling Stones - the story of a rock legend. DroemerKnaur, Munich 1984.
  • Stanley Booth: Keith: Till I roll over dead. Headline Book, London 1994.
  • Kris Needs: Keith Richards: Before they make me run. Plexus Books, London 2004.
  • Stephen Davies: The Stones. Europa Verlag, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-203-76075-4 .
  • Michael Leonard (Ed.): The Great Illustrated Manual Guitar. Nikol Verlagsgesellschaft, Hamburg 2006, ISBN 3-937872-35-3 .
  • Lars Thieleke: Keith Richards. His instruments, playing style and studio tricks. PPV Medien, Bergkirchen 2012, ISBN 978-3-941531-94-9 .


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