Keith Richards, the lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones and notorious all-around Hell-raiser in the rock n’ roll world, is slowing down slightly to finish writing a “children’s book,” which is scheduled to be published this September.
Richards, 70, is writing the book and his daughter, Theodora Richards, is providing the illustrations. The book is entitled, Gus & Me: The Story of my Granddad and My First Guitar, and is being published by Little, Brown for Young Readers.
Talking about the theme of the book, Richards said in a statement, “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about. 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.”
The book is autobiographical and tells how the young Keith Richards was introduced to music through his own grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree, or “Gus.”
Richards’ memoir Life, written with journalist James Fox and published in 2010, was a best seller, and in 2011 the book was awarded the Norman Mailer Prize for biography.
As for the forthcoming Gus & Me, publisher Megan Tingley said, “Who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to meet Keith Richards as a young boy? Gus & Me invites readers to be in the room at the electrifying moment that Keith holds a guitar in his hands for the first time.”
Richards has been married to model Patti Hansen for 31 years. They have two children, Theodora and Alexandra. Richards also has three children – Marlon, Angela, and Tara -- from a previous relationship (1967-1979) with actress Anita Pallenberg. (Tara, a boy, died in infancy in 1976.) Richards has five grandchildren.