|...||Born 18-12-1943, in a crossfire hurricane...
As a little boy, Keith liked cowboys - and their music. He got his first guitar when he was 5 and never stopped playing it. He went to the same school as Mick Jagger, but once Keith and his family moved out of town, they lost contact. They weren't best friends just... friends. A few years later, Mick was waiting for a train in Dartford (Kent), and he had some R&B records with him, when suddenly Keith stepped up to him and said: Hmm, interesting stuff you've got there... So, they decided to visit each other to listen to these records. When they went out to clubs like Roundhouse and the Ealing Blues Club, they met Brian Jones. Keith is probably the best 'riff'-player in the world. According to Alexis Korner, the success of The Rolling Stones is due to the fact that Keith understands the riff for 100%, and Mick understands the lyrics for 100%. Basically, Keith Richards (aka "Keef Riffhard") is a strenght, he survived everything, the 60's, the 70's, drugs, jail, Anita Pallenberg and Mick Jagger. He is in love with his music, so the fact that Mick seemed to give up the Stones when he started his solo carreer triggered World War III (ie : bitter fight between the Glimmer Twins). Afterwhile, Keith relented and even started his own solo career. A wholesome and somewhat stubborn character, Keith likes to say whatever comes to his mind, expressing bits of his own philosophy (known as "Keefisms", example : "If you are to kick society in the teeth, you may as well use both feet").
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