From relatively cherubic beat boom capers to elegantly wasted ’70s debauchery and beyond, Keith Richards has followed the music down some unwholesome alleys and emerged, switchblade glinting in the moonlight, bloodied but unbowed, with a swagbag of killer riffs and heartbreaking tunes.
In the latest MOJO magazine, we get a lecture in philosophy, Keith-style, a download of his learnings inside and outside of the Rolling Stones over six decades of picaresque pilgrimage. It’s an extraordinary tale, augmented by reminiscences from the Stones’ ’60s svengali Andrew Loog Oldham and the reflections of Keith watchers including X-Pensive Winos’ drummer Steve Jordan and libertarian humorist P.J. O’Rourke.
It’s everything a Stones or Keith fan might want from an audience with His Riffness. But just to get you warmed up – just a taste, as one of his many dealers might have put it – here are 25 solid gold Keith moments to enjoy.