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Keith Richards’ Memoir Life Wins Raves

Keith Richards' Memoir Life Wins Raves

Thompson on Hollywood

I bought my first issue of Rolling Stone in a long time to get a slice of the Keith Richards memoir Life (on sale October 26) and I will try to convince my book group (which tends to read fiction) to assign it. Friends and I talked about Life at dinner Saturday night (after which I had the pleasure of singing “Gimme Shelter” during a rousing session of Rock Band). And the NYT’s Michiko Kakutani writes her most enjoyable book review in a while–a rave. UPDATE: Here’s The NYorker’s David Remnick.

We now know that Richards calls Mick Jagger “Brenda” and “Your Majesty,” writes that lover Anita Pallenberg “had no fun with his tiny todger. I know he’s got an enormous pair of balls — but it doesn’t quite fill the gap,” and that Richards despises social climbing as much as he loves the blues. (Jerry Hall told BBC Radio’s Graham Norton: “Mick is very well-endowed, and I should know because I was with him 23 years. Keith is just jealous, you know.”)

Here’s my story from Cannes on the doc Stones in Exile, which revealed their recording process, which was driven by Richards.

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Yeah, I was really struck by how great a read Kakutani’s review was. When she’s passionate about something it brings out the best in her. I wish they’d let her write more about stuff she likes. When she writes about film, for instance, she’s really good.

The Times used to have a great cultural critic in Margo Jefferson, who wrote ONLY about what she liked, which was pretty much EVERYTHING, and wrote WELL about everything. Whatever happened to her? She was a real draw for me. She made every subject interesting even if it was something I normally wouldn’t read about.

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