Keith Richards’ secret wish to be a librarian

In an earlier blog post Richard told us about the quirky new book What would Keith Richards do? which is a book of quotes plus “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.”  In the paper yesterday I learned of another passion of this rock legend.

According to an article  It’s only books ’n’ shelves but I like it, Keith Richards has confessed to a secret wish to be a librarian.  He has a huge collection of books, particularly on the history of rock and World War II, in his homes in England and America and has been known to lend out copies of the latest novels to friends.  I think it’s awesome that a rock legend loves books and collects them (not just for looking at).  He certainly doesn’t look like the stereotypical librarian and I’m not sure how I’d feel about him checking my books out.

You can read more about how books have affected Keith Richards when his autobiography, Life, comes out later this year, but I wanted to share this quote from the article,

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.

8 thoughts on “Keith Richards’ secret wish to be a librarian

  1. genevieve 7 April 2010 / 4:15 pm

    It’s a lovely story isn’t it – I have it queued up to post tomorrow.

  2. MichaelA 8 April 2010 / 9:48 am

    Talking abut stereotypical librarians – has anyone seen the display window at Glassons in the Riccarton Mall?

    • zackids 8 April 2010 / 1:39 pm

      Yes I walked past it last week and thought it was hilarious!

      • MichaelA 8 April 2010 / 6:05 pm

        Should we commission Glassons to develop new smocks?

  3. Donna 9 April 2010 / 7:52 pm

    I was there the other day and took some photos. Yay for Glassons. Librarian chic is always a look, Ms Prada has been mining that seam for years.

    • Helen 10 April 2010 / 8:42 am

      I love “mining that seam” – excellent word play, Donna!

  4. Nicole 12 April 2010 / 3:41 pm

    And does this mean that librarians can now come clean about harbouring any secret desires to become a rock star … some kind of symbiotic relationship?

  5. tom 12 April 2010 / 5:37 pm

    O gosh, can we really!?

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