Keith Richards is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone Magazine credited Richards for “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. The Stones are generally known for their guitar interplay of rhythm and lead (“weaving”) between Richards and Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood over the years. In spite of this, Richards plays the only guitar tracks on some of their most famous songs including “Paint It Black”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “Sympathy for the Devil”, “Gimme Shelter”, and “Angie.”
I Look For Ambiguity When I'm Writing Because Life Is Ambiguous.
Everyone Talks About Rock These Days; The Problem Is They Forget About The Roll.
The Only Things Mick And I Disagree About Is The Band, The Music And What We Do.
Good Music Comes Out Of People Playing Together, Knowing What They Want To Do And Going For It. You Have To Sweat Over It And Bug It To Death. You Can't Do It By Pushing Buttons And Watching A Tv Screen.
It's Great To Be Here. It's Great To Be Anywhere.
You Have The Sun, You Have The Moon, You Have The Air That You Breathe - And You Have The Rolling Stones!
If You Say I'm Great, Thank You Very Much. But I Know What I Am. I Could Be Better, Man, You Know?
I Don't Trust Doctors. It's Not To Say There Ain't Some Good Ones, But On A General Level, No, I Wouldn't Trust 'Em At All.
It's An Addiction... And Addiction Is Something I Should Know Something About.
I Mean Some Doctor Told Me I Had Six Months To Live And I Went To Their Funeral.
I've Never Had A Problem With Drugs. I've Had Problems With The Police.
Give Me A Guitar, Give Me A Piano, Give Me A Broom And String; I Wouldn't Get Bored Anywhere.
Everybody's Got A Different Way Of Telling A Story - And Has Different Stories To Tell.
About Myself I Have No Great Illusions. I Know What I Am. I Know What I'm Good At. I Know What I Ain't. I'm Always Hoping To Surprise Myself. But I Do Have A Love Of Music And I Do Love To Communicate It, And That's The Best I Can Do, Really. And I Can Raise A Good Family, Too.
I Mean, Give Me A Guitar, Give Me A Piano, Give Me A Broom And String, I Wouldn't Get Bored Anywhere.
Let Me Be Clear About This. I Don't Have A Drug Problem. I Have A Police Problem.
I've Always Been Suspicious Of Tv, I've Always Found Music And Video To Be An Unhappy Marriage.
Hey, We Just Enjoy It. I Think We Think We're Getting The Hang Of This Thing, You Know?
When I Listen To What I Did Under The Influence - 10 Years Of Work - I Don't Think It Either Enhanced Or Impaired Me. It Didn't Have That Much To Do With It.
If You're Going To Kick Authority In The Teeth, You Might As Well Use Both Feet.
It's Good To Be Anywhere.
Rock And Roll: Music For The Neck Downwards.
You've Got The Sun, You've Got The Moon, And You've Got The Rolling Stones.
I've Never Had My Hair Cut By Anybody, I Do It All Myself.
And It Was A Very, Very Fruitful And Great Relationship Between The Stones And The Beatles. It Was Very, Very Friendly.
I Never Thought I Was Wasted, But I Probably Was.
The Beatles Were Basically A Vocal Band.
I Only Get Ill When I Give Up Drugs.
You Get Onstage And Make Other People Feel Happy. Make Them Feel Good.
I Have No Idea What The Audience Makes Of Me.
You Don't Start To Play Your Guitar Thinking You're Going To Be Running An Organisation That Will Maybe Generate Millions.
To Make A Rock'n'roll Record, Technology Is The Least Important Thing.
I've Never Tried To Achieve Anything. I Achieved Everything I Wanted To Achieve By Being In The Rolling Stones And Making Records.
To Me, As Long As We've Known Each Other, I've Always Thought Mick's Most Brilliant Thing Was That He Could Work In An Area Two Foot Square And Give A Very Exciting Performance.
If You Don't Know The Blues... There's No Point In Picking Up The Guitar And Playing Rock And Roll Or Any Other Form Of Popular Music.
The Stones In A Club Is Still The Ultimate Rush.
There's No Substitute For Live Work To Keep A Band Together.
Another Thing To Do With The Blues Is How They Were Recorded. They Were Done On The Quick, And Some Of That Stuff Was Made On Wire, Not Even Tape, Let Alone Digital.
I Achieved Everything I Wanted To Achieve By Being In The Rolling Stones And Making Records.
Yes, I've Been Trepanned. That's Quite An Interesting Experience, Especially For My Brain Surgeon, Who Saw My Thoughts Flying Around In My Brain.
You Know, The Bbc Had Not Been Particularly Generous In Its Deliverance Of Blues And Esoteric Kinds Of Music.
Songwriting's A Weird Game.
This Is The Rock 'N' Roll Life, And You Had To Invent It As You Went Along. There Was No Textbook To Say How You Operate This Machinery.
When You're Supported By Millions All Over The World, You Can Either Go Nuts, Or Try To Feed Off The Goodwill.
To Me, My Biggest Fear Is Getting A Big Head, And That Is When I Get The Hammer. Because It's Very Easy In This Game To Believe You're Something Special.
You Didn't Know Whether Chuck Berry Was Black Or White - It Was Not A Concern.
Songwriting's A Weird Game. I Never Intended To Become One - I Fell Into This By Mistake, And I Can't Get Out Of It. It Fascinates Me. I Like To Point Out The Rawer Points Of Life.