Tuesday, October 19, 2010

High life as a Rolling Stone


High life as a Rolling Stone: Keith Richards reveals all about drugs, sex... and legendary lover Mick Jagger's 'tiny' manhood
Graham Smith
15th October 2010
Autobiography reveals guitarist hasn't been in 'unbearable' Jagger's dressing room for two decades
Richards spent two years thinking actor Johnny Depp was a drug dealer
He treated his body 'like a temple' by only taking 'high quality drugs'
Veteran hellraiser promises he'll never quit playing music

After 50 years as one-half of the most enduring partnership in rock, Keith Richards has finally come clean about his turbulent relationship with Mick Jagger.

Unsurprisingly, the Rolling Stones guitarist isn't entirely complimentary towards his childhood friend.

But nobody was expecting him to decimate Jagger's status as a legendary ladies' man by revealing the singer has a 'tiny todger'.

Richards describes the frontman as 'unbearable' in his autobiography Life, in entries which lay bare their fraught relationship.

The 66-year-old reveals his nicknames for Jagger are 'Brenda' and 'Your Majesty'.

Richards writes of the distance between the pair, saying: 'I used to love Mick, but I haven't been to his dressing room in 20 years.

'Sometimes I think, "I miss my friend'. I wonder, 'Where did he go?"'

Richards uses the book, which is released later this month, to take personal swipes at his bandmate, writing: 'It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable.'

And, in a comment which could infuriate Jagger, who has long been renowned for his sexual appetite, Richards writes about the singer's relationship with Marianne Faithfull, saying she '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.'

Jagger has read the book, Richards said, adding: 'I think it opened his eyes, actually.'

But Richards today told The Times the only part Jagger wanted taken out was a section saying that the frontman used a voice coach.

Richards refused. 'I'm trying to say the truth here,' he explained.

'We've had our beefs but, hey, who doesn't? You try and keep something together for 50 years.'

He also reveals that he believes his fellow Rolling Stone can be 'possessive'.

He writes: 'I've no doubt, in retrospect, that Mick was very jealous of me having other male friends.'

He goes on to say: 'Maybe his exclusivity is bound up with his own siege mentality. Or maybe he thinks he's trying to protect me: "What does that a****** want from Keith?"

'But quite honestly, I can't put my finger on it.'

Richards does concede, however: 'Because I love the man dearly; I'm still his mate. But he makes it very difficult to be his friend.'

Despite years of drug taking, Richards said he hopes he has many years left to live, adding: 'Well, I'm not putting death on the agenda.

'I don't want to see my old friend Lucifer just yet. He's the guy I'm gonna see, isn't it? I'm not going to the other place, let's face it.'

Former junkie Richards gave up his heroin habit in 1978 and eventually stopped using cocaine after an accident in 2006 in which he fell out of a tree, requiring brain surgery and a metal plate in his skull.

'I've given up everything now - which is a trip in itself.'

But he reveals the secret to his longevity was treating his body like a 'temple' by only taking 'high quality drugs'.
In exclusive excerpts from his memoir Life - which are published in Rolling Stone magazine - the rocker explains how he survived a drug-fuelled past.

'When I was taking dope, I was fully convinced that my body is my temple,' he said.

'I can do anything I want with it and nobody can tell me yea or nay.'

He had a decade-long love affair with heroin and was also a heavy cocaine user.

But he explains in his memoir why he thinks he survived while many of his peers overdosed and died at an early age.

He writes: 'It's not only the high quality of drugs I had that I attribute my survival to. I was very meticulous about how much I took.

'I'd never put more in to get a little higher.

'That's where most people f*** up on drugs. It's the greed involved that never really affected me.

'People think once they've got this high, if they take some more they're going to get a little higher.

'There's no such thing. Especially with cocaine...

'Maybe that's a measure of control and maybe I'm rare in that respect. Maybe there I have an advantage.'

Despite a life lived as the poster-child for rock 'n' roll excess, it's the fractious nature of Richards' ongoing relationship with Jagger that reveals the most about the Rolling Stones.

'Mick and I are still great friends and still want to work together,' he said.

'I had a feeling Mick would have no problem with the truth. No doubt I was as infuriating to him as he can be to me.

'Can you imagine if life went along smoothly and everybody agreed?

'Nothing would happen. There'd be no blues.'

He also talks about his battle with the late Brian Jones - a founding member of the Rolling Stones who died in 1969 at the age of 27.

Richards fell in love with Jones' girlfriend actress and model Anita Pallenberg, with who he would go on to have three children.

The guitarist alleged that Jones was abusive to Pallenberg.

He said: 'I learned later just how violent Brian had already become with her as the downward slide began, throwing knives, glass, punches at her, forcing her to barricade herself behind sofas.'

The couple got together on a 1967 trip to Morocco, which Jones also went on.

Surprisingly Richards, who has been married to former model Patti Hansen, with whom he has two daughters, since 1983, claims Pallenberg made the first move, which he said has been the case in all his romances.

'I have never put the make on a girl in my life,' he said. 'I just don't know how to do it. My instincts are always to leave it to the woman...

'I'm tongue-tied. I suppose every woman I've been with, they've had to put the make on me.'

Richards defined his role in the love triangle as being the 'Sir Galahad' rescuing the 'beautiful' Pallenberg.

The rocker also comments on the legend that surrounds him.

Richards, who has frequently been listed by music magazines as one of the top ten rock stars most likely to die, says: 'I think in a way your persona, your image, as it used to be known, is like a ball and chain.

'People think I'm still a goddamn junkie. It's 30 years since I gave up the dope!

'Image is like a long shadow. Even when the sun goes down, you can see it.'

But, he also admitted: 'It's no exaggeration that I was basically living like an outlaw.'

He also said he has no desire to retire. Richards writes: 'People say: "Why don't you give it up?" I can't retire until I croak.

'I don't think they quite understand what I get out of this. I'm not doing it just for the money or for you. I'm doing it for me.'


Richards today revealed that Johnny Depp was a frequent visitor to his home for two years before he twigged he was a Hollywood star.

The guitarist feared that the screen superstar was his son's drug dealer.

'It took me two years before I realised who he was,' Richards told The Times.

'He was just one of my son Marlon's mates, hanging around the house playing guitar.

'I never ask Marlon's mates who they are because, you know, "I'm a dope dealer."

'Then one day he was at dinner and I'm like "Woah, Scissorhands."'

Depp credits Richards as the inspiration for his character Jack Sparrow in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films. The musician even went on to play his father in the third film of the franchise.

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