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Video Interview: Hunter S. Thompson Talks to Keith Richards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 28, 2011 at 12:19PM

I am having a blast reading Rolling Stone Keith Richards' memoir Life, which has been on the NYT Bestseller list for 21 weeks now. It's delightfully written in a recognizable entertaining voice. Obviously co-writer James Fox put a lot of work into it, but the book still rings true.
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I am having a blast reading Rolling Stone Keith Richards' memoir Life, which has been on the NYT Bestseller list for 21 weeks now. It's delightfully written in a recognizable entertaining voice. Obviously co-writer James Fox put a lot of work into it, but the book still rings true.

Reviewers have raved, including Liz Phair in the NYT:

James Fox, Keith’s co- author, deserves a lot of credit for editing, organizing and elegantly stepping out of the way of Keith’s remembrances. Reading “Life” is like getting to corner Keith Richards in a room and ask him every thing you ever wanted to know about the Rolling Stones, and have him be completely honest with you. Here’s how he describes recording: “Well, I’ve got to tame this beast one way or another. But how to tame it? Gently, or give it a beating? . . . I’ll take you twice the speed I wrote you! You have this sort of relationship with the songs. . . . You ain’t finished till you’re finished, O.K.? . . . No, you weren’t supposed to go there. Or sometimes you’re apologizing: I’m sorry about that. No, that was certainly not the way to go. Ah, they’re funny things. They’re babies.”

Here's my coverage of Mick Jagger's Q & A to accompany the Stones in Exile doc in Cannes last year, about the recording of Exile on Main Street. Check out this 1993 video interview with Richards by Hunter S. Thompson, below:

[Photo of Keith Richards from Getty Images.]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.