Keith Richards Quotes

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Keith Richards Quotes

To me, as long as weve known each other, Ive always thought Micks most brilliant thing was that he could work in an area two foot square and give a very exciting performance.
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When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.

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But I'm not here just to make records and money. I'm here to say something and to touch other people, sometimes in a cry of desperation: Do you know this feeling?

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You're sitting with some guys, and you're playing and you go, "Ooh, yeah!" That feeling is worth more than anything. There's a certain moment when you realize that you've actually just left the planet for a bit and that nobody can touch you. You're elevated because you're with a bunch of guys that want to do the same thing as you. And when it works, baby, you've got wings. You know you've been somewhere most people will never get; you've been to a special place.

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And you listen to some of that meticulous Mozart stuff and Vivaldi and you realize that they knew that too. They knew when to leave one note just hanging up there where it illegally belongs and let it dangle in the wind and turn a dead body into a living beauty.

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I mean, give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string, I wouldn't get bored anywhere.

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To me, my biggest fear is getting a big head, and that is when I get the hammer. Because it's very easy in this game to believe you're something special.

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I've never tried to achieve anything. I achieved everything I wanted to achieve by being in the Rolling Stones and making records.

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I have no idea what the audience makes of me.

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I consider my job [being a musician] is to have a little idea and nurture it and put it in some form that everybody else can understand and then sort of pass it on. It's really a passing through. In other words, you receive and you transmit.

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It made me sick - my name's Keith Richards. It hardly makes it against Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters, does it? On my first guitar I had Boy Blue written - just pathetic. But that was as good as I got at the time.

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To a musician or songwriter, your canvas is silence.

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The idea of retiring is like killing yourself. It's almost like Hari Kari. I intend to live to a 100 and go down in history.

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The only new technology that interests me is when it sort of throws me back soundwise. And I can think, "Wow, that means I can go onstage and sound like Scotty Moore now and again!"

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