Rock and Roll Minus the Sex and Drugs: Keith Richards Writes a Children’s Book

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Keith Richards may not strike people as the most family friendly rock musician, but the legendary Rolling Stones axeman has penned a children’s book titled Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar about his jazz musician grandfather, who inspired Richards to start playing guitar.

Richards’ first book, the critically acclaimed 576-page autobiography Life, was released in 2011. That book was a look into the debauchery-filled rock and roll lifestyle Richards is famous for, as well as the inspirations behind some of the greatest rock guitar riffs ever written. Now, Richards has penned a children’s book based on the key early inspiration provided by his grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree, nicknamed Gus, who gave Richards his first guitar, a pivotal moment that was also discussed in Life. The book will be illustrated by Richards’ artist-model daughter Theodora Dupree Richards, who was named after her great-grandfather.

“I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about,” Richards said in a statement. “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”

“When I found out they wanted me to be a part of this project, my immediate instinct was to say yes, and I am so happy I did,” Theodora said. “To be able to explore my father’s relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I’ve learnt during this whole process have just been life affirming.”

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