Keith Richards is the like renegade swashbuckling pirate of rock and roll – isn’t he? It’s no wonder that Johnny Depp modeled his character of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean after him. He’s like the original rocker that keeps on rockin’! His licks are just timeless, and it’s not like he’s any kind of shredder, or blues genius – he doesn’t have to be! He just oozes cool, both onstage and off. And is there another guy really who’s smoked as many years as he has and is still standing?
There are a lot of things you might not know about Keith Richards. Did you know that he only plays 5 out of 6 strings on the guitar? I don’t mean he only uses 5 strings on the guitar, I mean he only puts 5 strings on his guitars. He also exclusively uses open tunings when he plays. Did you know he is an artist and loves to paint and draw? He is also fascinated by and has studied history for decades. Most people have a particular perception of Keith Richards, the public persona that they see and know. They have no idea how he grew up, where he went to school, and how much smarter he is than just the musician portrayal you see on stage. Having read the latest Keith Richards biography, I can attest to the fact that his life story is far more fascinating then you would ever know. Check out the Keith Richards: Life book.
Have fun watching Keith play live in these videos:
Norah Jones and Keith Richards: Love Hurts
Keith Richards: Eileen
Keith Richards: Somethin’ Else
Rolling Stones: Honky Tonk Woman
What’s your favorite song with Keith Richards on guitar?