keith richards

Keith Richards’ Best ‘Life’ Advice for Children

It’s delightful news: pickled-in-vinegar pirate of the good ship Rolling Stone Keith Richards is writing a children’s book, due out through Little, Brown in September. A collaboration with his sometime-model daughter Theodora Dupree Richards, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar will presumably be a lovely story about the evergreen bond between children and grandparents, according to Keef himself. It’ll be the second book for Richards — his first, Life, released in 2010, was a doorstopper autobiography detailing his many notorious adventures as the Rolling Stone who was very good at doing drugs and shagging beautiful women in addition to writing ageless songs and guitar riffs. In order to celebrate the lovely incongruity of one’s badass terror of a grandpa writing a book for a youth, we scoured Life for a sampling of its wisdom-for-all-ages: … Read More

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Pictures of Keith Richards Doing Normal Stuff

Keith Richards always seemed like the down-to-earth, somewhat approachable one in the Rolling Stones, the one who you could probably hang out with and get along just fine, even if he is megarich and has been famous for pretty much half a century. Today is Keef’s 70th birthday, and apart from the unfeasibility of him reaching that mark given his, um, adventurous lifestyle over the years, it seems like a fine time to break out what’s become something of a Flavorwire tradition: some photos of our hero doing normal things! He’s just like you and me. Sort of. Happy birthday! … Read More

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20 Hilarious (And Often Adorable) Photos of Debauched Rock Stars With Cute Kids

Many awesome Stooges-related things have come out of the last week or so, not least the band’s new album (which is actually quite good) and their killer performance at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. But perhaps most awesome of all is the photo that’s been making the rounds of Iggy clutching two kids in junior versions of his trademark sequined jeans. They look terrified, he looks delighted, and the whole thing is many kinds of awesome. So, in a similar spirit, here’s a selection of other debauched rock stars with cute kids. You’re… Read More

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Johnny Depp’s New Compilation Album Is Packed With Dream Collaborations

Patti Smith and Johnny Depp. Tom Waits and Keith Richards. Michael Stipe and Courtney Love. These are just a few of the mind-blowing collaborations that comprise Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, a sequel to the original 2006 Rogue’s Gallery covers compilation that Depp, Gore Verbinski, and Hal Willner… Read More

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10 Great Biographies and Memoirs Spotlighting Right Hand Men

Everyone loves a good memoir — we don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about a true, personal story that gets us every time, especially when it comes from someone we’ve already been idolizing from afar. Enter Biographile, one of our recently-discovered favorite websites, dedicated to biographies and memoirs and the readers who love them. To commemorate the release of Grace Coddington’s new memoir, Grace, which hits shelves next week, the kind folks at Biographile have curated a list of some of their favorite biographies and memoirs by and about the right hand men (and women) who have found their own spotlight. Click through to see which they chose, and if your favorite sidekick memoir has gotten the brush, add on to their list in the comments! … Read More

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25 Photos of Glamorous Musicians Doing Regular Stuff

From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More

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Vintage Photos of Pop Culture Icons in Drag

Cross-dressing, whether for pleasure or for mischief (or for plays or films), is no new phenomenon. Every little child experiments with putting on the opposite gender’s designated garb, all on-stage women in Elizabethan theatre were played by men, and many people of both sexes have dressed in drag for a variety of reasons, from personal to professional. So why should our pop culture icons be any different? Click through to join in our celebration of drag in all its forms, and see some of our favorite musicians, artists and writers (though by no means a complete selection — we couldn’t find any photos of J. Edgar Hoover) indulging in a little cross-dressing from as far back as… Read More

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25 Intimate and Revealing Backstage Photos of Famous Musicians

We all know what our favorite musicians are like on stage — whether they’re shy or flamboyant, whether they’re chatty or businesslike, whether they’re funny or taciturn. But we also know that what we’re seeing on stage is ultimately a performance. Off stage, however, it’s a completely different matter, and thus backstage photography has always provided an interesting insight into the music world, particularly when the photos in question aren’t posed or contrived. We’ve pulled together a collection of such photos, images that seem to capture sides to performers that we rarely get to see, giving a glimpse of the person behind the persona — whether it’s a tearful Kurt Cobain slumped in a corner, Bob Marley playing soccer, or Lemmy reading a book (with nary a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in sight!), these are like all great photos in that they capture a moment in time and in doing so also capture some part of the subject’s personality. We hope you enjoy… Read More

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Jim Marshall’s Intimate Images of Legendary Musicians

The only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles’ final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park and the primary photographer at the legendary Woodstock music festival, Jim Marshall carved out a reputation as one of the best documentarians of the diverse and dynamic American music scene of the ’60s and ’70s. From pictures of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop to Johnny Cash performing for enthusiastic audiences at Folsom and San Quentin prisons, Marshall had his lens on the counterculture that inspired one of the last revolutions to totally sweep the world.

“I worked hard but I never really considered it work,” Marshall has said. “I always enjoyed myself and only took an assignment if I had complete control and access. My reputation was such that managers didn’t f*ck with me. I had the trust of the artist. I would work with them and they knew I wouldn’t f*ck around or do anything they didn’t like.”

Marshall passed away in 2010, but his legendary work still lives on — with a lot of his documentary shots getting visibility for the first time since they were frozen on film. A striking solo show of pictures from his intimate interactions with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and John Coltrane; influential folk singers of the day, including Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan; and fabled rock ‘n’ roll stars that defined the era, counting Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and The Who, opens today at New York’s Steven Kasher Gallery. A new monograph, published by Chronicle Books, engagingly captures Marshall’s photos of the Rolling Stones 1972 recording session for the Exile on Main Street album and the band’s monumental US tour — 40 years after the fact and 50 years after the group got its start. Click through to view some of the Stones photos, along with other amazing pictures snapped by the magical Marshall during that time. … Read More

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Photos of Celebrities Reading Books About Other Celebrities

When we came across this photo of Steve Martin reading about Bob Dylan, we had a serious celebs-they’re-just-like-us moment. After all, you’d think that biographies of cultural heroes are for us plebs, who would thrill at descriptions of fame, stardom, and emotional breakdowns. Okay, we’re overstating it a little, but still. Turns out, celebrities are just as fascinated with each other as we are with them — especially the rock stars — and we think it’s very enlightening to see which of our cultural icons are fascinated by which. Click through to check out our gallery of photos of celebs reading books about other celebs, and if you’ve spotted another good one, be sure to let us know in the comments! … Read More

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