Keith Richards: Cooler Than Jesus (And Friends With Mick)

keithrichard1Alternate post title: Old As Moses. In May, Bloomsbury (London-based publishers of the Harry Potter series) will issue What Would Keith Richards Do? Daily Affirmations From A Rock ‘N’ Roll Survivor. We’re not here to groan about its existence, scare you straight with Keith’s visage or write Jay Leno’s monologue for him (“drugs” being the obvious answer to the book’s titular question); we just wonder how this is 224 pages long.

After the jump, we reprint the hard sell from the Bloomsbury catalog.

“What is a wise man? What is a prophet?

Someone with a strange, unflappable demeanor. Someone who speaks in cryptic koans, words whose meanings take years to unravel. Someone who has confronted death, God, sin, and the immortal soul. Someone unfit for this world, but too brilliant to depart it. Someone—in short—like Keith Richards.

Here, at last, the wisdom of this indefatigable man is recorded and set forth. These are his visionary words: “I would rather be a legend than a dead legend.” Or “Whatever side I take, I know well that I will be blamed.” And—indeed—”I’ve never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen.”

Not merely a compendium of wisdom, this book is also a complete guide to the inner workings of a complex and inspired belief system, and the life of a man sanctified by fame. What Would Keith Richards Do? reminds us to learn from our mistakes, let our instincts lead us, and above all, do what Keith has done better than anyone—survive.”

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