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Friday 20 October 2017

Mick? He's unbearable, says Keith's tell-all book

Keith Richards has described fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger as "unbearable" in a candid memoir that lays open their fraught relationship.

In his autobiography Life, the musician reveals his nicknames for Jagger are "Brenda" or "Your Majesty", and compares coping with an annoying mynah bird as "like living with Mick".

Richards writes of the distance between the pair, saying: "I used to love Mick, but I haven't been to his dressing room in 20 years.

"Sometimes I think, 'I miss my friend'. I wonder, 'Where did he go?'."

Richards uses the book, serialised in The London Times from tomorrow, to take wipes at his bandmate, writing: "It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable."

He also dismissed Jagger's solo album Goddess In The Doorway by saying: "It's like Mein Kampf -- everyone had it, but no one read it."

In an interview today, Richards says Jagger has read Life and adds: "I think it opened his eyes, actually."

Richards (67) says the only part Jagger wanted to be taken out of the book was a section disclosing that the frontman used a voice coach, but he refused, saying: "I'm trying to say the truth here."

He describes the relationship he had with Marianne Faithfull, who had been Jagger's girlfriend, after fearing he was losing his own partner, Anita Pallenberg, to his bandmate.

Asked whether he was trying to "wind up" Jagger, Richards replies: "We've had our beefs but, hey, who doesn't? You try and keep something together for 50 years."

He insists in the interview that he still wants to work with Jagger, saying he plans to go on tour with the Rolling Stones.

Richards says: "Well, you know, we'll be on the road again in the future. Yeah. On the road.

"I think it's going to happen. I've had a chat with... Her Majesty. Brenda."

Richards also gives his opinions on politicians in his autobiography, describing Bill Clinton as a "great" man, but "a lousy sax player".

Drugs are another topic, with Richards admitting that he would start taking heroin if he was given the chance to live his life over again.

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