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    How is Keith Richards still alive?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11621076

    His name is synonymous with rock 'n' roll excess, his memoirs detail a lifetime spent ingesting a Herculean quantity of illegal drugs and he only gave up cocaine, aged 62, after he split his head open falling from a tree while foraging for coconuts.

    At 66, Keith Richards' continued survival is a source of widespread bafflement.

    He claims that during the notorious Redlands raid of 1967, he allowed the police into his home in Sussex because he was under the misapprehension, as a result of copious quantities of LSD, that the officers were dwarves "wearing dark blue, with shiny bits and helmets".
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    The book is getting really good reviews. I'm looking forward to get a look at it (especially want to see if there are any Yes references). I always thought he was a burn out until I heard him a few years back on a radio interview and he came off as very smart and articulate. Supposedly the book reads that way also.

    Liked this excerpt:

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    Keith Richards had no idea who Johnny Depp was when they first met at the Rolling Stones star's house - he assumed the actor was one of his son's "dope dealer" friends.

    Depp has cited the guitarist as the inspiration behind his swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow and the pair even starred as father and son in the franchise's third installment in 2007.

    However, Depp failed to make an impression on his idol at their first meeting - the rocker just thought he was a friend of his son Marlon.

    Richards recalls, "It took me two years before I realized who he was. 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, (they say) 'I'm a dope dealer'."

    "Then one day he was at dinner (eating with a knife and fork) and I'm like, 'Whoa! Scissorhands!' Then I find out he's an actor, and like one of the biggest Keith Richards fans in the world - and how do I deal with that? 'Get over it, Johnny.'"
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    It looks like it will be a heck of an entertaining read. And I think he is still alive strictly by an accidental combination of chemicals that somehow combined into a potent anagathic. LOL
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    LOL!!! Mike!!!

    Yeah I was thinking something quite similar... maybe his innards are well-preserved!!!

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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    Tis ihn his genes....
    An Ah mean his units of heredity an noo his trews.....

    Tell yae wan thing...

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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    From this . . .



    . . . to this . . .



    in only 45 years
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    I absolutely love Keef. I wanted to BE him when I was 13.
    Great role model for a 13 year old girl eh?
    (Nevermind, I never took up the drugs)
    I can't wait to read this!!

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    Keith Richards was under the protection of the United States for awhile under the witless protection plan:
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    Death: Can't You Hear Me Knockin'?

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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    What's the deal with Keith's last name? Is it Richards or Richard? Did he change it from Richard to Richards? If so, when did he decide he was plural???
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobAdams View Post
    What's the deal with Keith's last name? Is it Richards or Richard? Did he change it from Richard to Richards? If so, when did he decide he was plural???
    His real name is Richards. Richard was his stage name at the suggestion of Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
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    He's still alive?! I'm very surprised.

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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    He was on the Andrew Marr show on BBC1 last Sunday, a totally cool guy. Really smart and articulate and funny.

    The human riff...the man's a god. He did a book signing in London this week...gutted I couldn't get to it.

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    Good genes and a lotta luck.
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    I really really don't know...

    But I'll tell you, after reading a couple reviews of his new autobiography.. I'm planning on pickingup a copy.... Sounds really intersting as it revovles more around the music side instead of the gossip based junk most of them do.... I'velived enough partying myself to fill a few books... I don't care about that stuff.. Nwo the music is another story
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    Yeah, the excerpts I have seen are great. Might have to pick up a copy of this as well!!

    Slash seems to be following in Keith's footsteps... he got clean and is a lucid and great interviewee as well.
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    Formaldehyde!

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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    Quote Originally Posted by CybrKhatru View Post
    Yeah, the excerpts I have seen are great. Might have to pick up a copy of this as well!!

    Slash seems to be following in Keith's footsteps... he got clean and is a lucid and great interviewee as well.

    Well I think that Keith has always been mroe there than msot imagined.. Of course he ahd his adventures.. But he's "There" when he needs to be... The man is a brilliant player no doubt... Simply brilliant in his simplicity... Proof a great rock player doesn't need a brajillion notes at super speed...
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    Re: How is Keith Richards still alive?

    Richards was on 60 minutes or one of those shows Sunday night. Sorta p1ssed me off how the shows management gave all the credit to Keith and Mick for the formation and beginning songs crediting the. How quickly they forgot Brian Jones. Sux. I guess I knew this way back when, they didn't even mention his name on the show (I don't think), although they did show some early photo's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunnibee View Post
    Formaldehyde!

    How'd you find out?
    I thought this was a well kept secret!!!!!
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