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Keith Richards’ Book Will Set the Rolling Stones’ Record Straight

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Keith Richards is just this week starting to go over the galleys for his memoir, called “Life.” It’s coming in late September from Little, Brown.

The Rolling Stones’ guiding light and lead guitarist and songwriter is bracing for publication. He was paid $7.1 million to try and reconstruct the last 66 years.

What we’re getting, I am told, is not a list of drugs he took or how he survived taking them. Rather, Richards plans to set the record straight on a number of subjects, especially recent scandals like allegedly snorting his father’s ashes, and falling out of a tree on Fiji.

He may also address the famous myth that he had his blood changed in Switzerland in the 1970s in order to get off heroin.

What Richards definitely talks about: Anita Pallenberg, a little about Brian Jones, a great deal about writing and making music with Mick Jagger.

“Life” will not be a traditional publication. Right now, I am told, Richards and co. are considering offers from various magazines for excerpts.

“But it’s not the kind of book where you can take different chapters and send them around,” says a source.

Jane Rose, Richards’ manager, did not want to talk about the book when I ran into her last night. But she and Richards and Johnny Depp are also working on a documentary about the unsinkable Stone.

Richards is also issuing a second “Wingless Angels” album on September 23, the same week as the book’s publication. But you can hear it and read all about it right here at http://www.winglessangels.com/explorethemusic.htm

PS Keith is NOT touring with Ronnie Wood and the Small Faces this summer.

Here’s the best solo record by Keith:

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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