What would Keith Richards do?

I’ve always liked quote books and this one is a bit of an oddity.

Not only is it quotes, but collected thoughts on philosophy and the path to enlightenment, daily affirmations, recipes and fashion advice from the collected interviews of The Human Riff himself, Keith Richards.

This Rolling Stone  has the words “I’m Innocent” inscribed on his guitar picks, and at first glance the book presents a weird and baffling mix. Yet if there’s one thing Keith Richards knows about it’s how not to die, so maybe he does have the good oil on immortality? In his words:

I’ve been closer to death a few more times than a lot of people. And I’ve found out that whatever it is, it’s worth waiting for.

Completely unauthorised by Keith Richards, it’s a fascinating dip into this rocker’s life with a been there, done everything kind of twist. Interestingly, the book also mentions the one thing ‘Keef’ swears he’ll never put in his body – cheese.

So what’s your favourite quirky quote or unusual affirmation? Answers on the back of a comment please…

11 thoughts on “What would Keith Richards do?

  1. Tomccl 23 September 2009 / 4:56 pm

    It’s worth mentioning a few from the very quotable Tom Waits, seems as he’s collaborated with Keef a bit. How about “Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends”? Or there’s “I’ve only got a drinking problem when I can’t get a drink.” My personal favourite is “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” That man has a way with words.

  2. Mo-mo 23 September 2009 / 5:56 pm

    I agree Richard, I like quote books too. The great thing about a good quote is that even though all you’re doing is parroting what someone else said you still get to bask in a little reflected intellectual glory for being savvy enough to apply said quote into the appropriate spot in a conversation.

    I like Dorothy Parker when I’m feeling embittered, cynical or in need of a cocktail but this recent gem from Advanced banter: the QI book of quotations caught my atheistic eye –
    “An atheist is a man without invisible means of support”.
    Well, quite.

  3. Simone 24 September 2009 / 8:30 am

    I’m quite liking “Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine” these days which I stole from someone’s email tagline.

    My husband has a saying – “What would Tony (Soprano) do”

  4. Michael A 24 September 2009 / 8:43 am

    “Shoot low, they’re riding Shetlands.” Frank Zappa

  5. Michael A 24 September 2009 / 8:44 am

    …or maybe more appropriately in the Keef context, “I’ll do the stupid thing first and then you shy people follow.” Frank Zappa

  6. leven johns 26 September 2009 / 7:08 am

    I love all the responses! I just went out and got a copy of this book, and your review of it is spot on. It’s a wonderful book– and though it yes, something of a strange concoction, I think that it’s design and organisation very much mirrors the man himself– and in the end, it is a great testament to longevity and a very unique mind and creative philosophy. I am quite sure that in the future, Keef will be amongst the great quotables names, Dorothy Parker included! What Would Keith Richards Do? there’s an answer for everything!

    • richard 28 September 2009 / 8:33 am

      Glad you liked it! I was wondering about the inscriptions on Keefs guitar picks – who does them? What a job that would be – how many would he go through in a year???

      • ken 26 November 2009 / 12:46 pm

        He must go through hundreds when they are touring. You see them stuck in rows on mic stands on stage and he tosses one into the audience every few minutes!

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