Keith Richards has been photographed in many flamboyant costumes as one half of the notorious Glimmer Twins, so playing a corsair hunting the mythical Fountain of Youth should be second nature to him. In his second appearance in the Pirates of the Caribbean as Captain Teague, Richards expects to be on the receiving end of frequent jibes about his “human cockroach” status as one of rock’s survivors.
“You can’t be vegetarian and straight and play rock ‘n’ roll,” Richards once famously said, and boy did he exemplify that one.
Keith is, for many, THE Rolling Stone, and it is his trademark honkin’ riffs that make a Stones song instantly recognizable. The baddest of rock ‘n’ roll’s bad boys, Keith has mellowed somewhat in recent years. Approaching 68 years old, he leaves a catalog of mayhem in his wake. Aside from the well-publicized drug and legal issues, he’s been in some wild relationships and even fell from a tree a few years ago, suffering injuries that required cranial surgery.
Keith’s autobiographical book, “Life”, is currently selling well, in both hardback and paperback. It has received great reviews from the newspapers and the New York Times went so far as to say it is “intense, elemental, utterly distinctive and achingly, emotionally direct.” Just like the sounds that issue from Keith’s guitar, right?