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Keith Richards has already written one version of his astonishing story—Life; the one rock ‘n’ roll fans wanted him to write, with heavy emphasis on his musical endeavors, his wild times with the Rolling Stones and his preposterous drug intake. That one was for the grownups, and two million of them bought it.
His second book promises to be a far gentler affair: Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar is the tale of the first time young Keith picked up what was to become his chosen instrument, having been encouraged to do so by his grandfather, the jazz musician Theodore Augustus Dupree.
And as it’s a family story told from a child’s perspective, he has asked his daughter, the familially-named artist Theodora Dupree Richards to illustrate it for children, reading for publishing in hardback and ebook form later this year.
Keith told BBC News: “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.”
For her part, Theodora added: “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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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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