I just finished Life, the autobiography of Keith Richards. It proved to be an entertaining and sometimes illuminating read. However, I did find the last fifty or hundred pages less rewarding than the first three-fourths or so of the book. I discovered that I was more interested in the first half of Keith’s life, in the time when he was discovering himself and his world.
Richards understands just how important the advent of recorded music was to music and to musicians. “You think, thank God for recording,” he says. “It’s the best thing that’s happened to us since writing.”
“I’ve learned everything I know off records,” says Richards in another section. “Being able to hear recorded music freed up loads of musicians that couldn’t necessarily afford to learn to read or write music, like me.” […] “It was the emancipation of music. Otherwise you’d have to go to a concert hall, and how many people can afford that? It surely can’t be a coincidence that Jazz and Blues started to take over the world the minute recording started” […] “It’s not locked into one community here and one community there.”
I had never really thought about records that deeply before. I suppose that cheap recordings for the masses was a Guttenberg Press moment for the world.
As I read the book, I made a note every time he mentioned a musical artist that he admired or enjoyed. The resultant list is today’s post.
The Jukebox Of Keith Richards:
(If player above doesn’t play you all 100+ tracks, you can type “spotify:user:hammeringshield” into the search bar of your Spotify page to get the jukebox. Or you can try the following:
1) put cursor on player above, 2) at top right click the </> symbol, 3) copy the “Get The Link” info and past that into the http address bar of a NEW internet page and go there, 4) click the PLAY icon on the left with the album covers, and at last 5) allow it to open your Spotify account. YIKES!)
Jerry Lee Lewis
John Lee Hooker
Little Walter Jacobs