Keith Richards’ Advice For A Rockin’ Life


Before I leave off from Keith Richard’s autobiography, Life, I thought I would jot down a few of the words of wisdom that dear Keef threw off as he rolled along through his rocking life.  I call this post…


 On Proper Heroin Etiquette:  “You don’t turn other people on; you keep it to yourself.”

On Knife Fighting:  “The big rules of knife fighting are (a) do not try it at home, and (b) the whole point is never, ever use the blade.  It is there to distract your opponent.  While he stares at the gleaming steel, you kick his balls to kingdom come”

On Ambition:  “If you want to get to the top, you’ve got to start at the bottom.”

On Boldness:  “If you don’t make bold moves, you don’t get fucking anywhere.  You’ve got to push the limits”

On Initiative:  “When you smell trouble coming, act.  Don’t wait for it to start.”

On Teamwork:  “It’s not a matter of who’s number one, it’s what works.”

On Ill Will:  “Once you release the acid, it begins to corrode.”

On Singin’ The Blues: “First you’ve got to get in the shit.  And then you can maybe come back and sing it.”

On Rock n Roll:  “It’s got nothing to do with rock.  It’s to do with roll.”

On Developing As A Musician:  “If you don’t play with other people, you can get trapped in your own cage.  And then, if you’re sitting still on the perch, you might get blown away.”

On Playing The Guitar:  “I firmly believe if you want to be a guitar player, you better start on acoustic and then graduate to electric.”

On Songwriting:  “That’s one of the great things about songwriting; it’s not an intellectual experience.  One might have to apply the brain here and there, but basically it’s capturing moments”

On Image:  “Image is like a long shadow” […] “I think that some of it is that there is so much pressure to be that person that you become it, maybe, to a certain point that you can bear.  It’s impossible not to end up being a parody of what you thought you were.”

On Nutrition:  “Better to have a bit here, a mouthful there, every few hours a bite or two.  The human body can deal with it better than shoving a whole load of crap down your gob in an hour.”

On Personal Safety:  “Better take a guitar into a truck stop.”  (“I just found in those situations that if they saw the guitars and knew you were musicians, then suddenly it was totally OK”)

On Boating Safety:  “Land is always the dangerous thing for a boat.”


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