The Rolling Stones have been one of my favorite bands for along time.  In honor of Keith Richard’s 75 birthday, here are some memorable quotes.


The breakfast of champions. about cocaine and heroin from his book Life

I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.

I never thought I was wasted, but I probably was.

I don’t think John ever left my house, except horizontally.  –About doing drugs, with The Beatles John Lennon

I’m not putting death on the agenda. I don’t want to see my old friend Lucifer just yet. He’s the guy I’m gonna see, isn’t it? I’m not going to the Other Place,let’s face it.

 I’vegiven up everything now – which is a trip in itself. —After admitting he had finally given up hard drugs.


Rockand Roll: Music for the neck downwards.

Tomake a rock’n’roll record, technology is the least important thing.

I’ve always been suspicious of TV, I’ve always found music and video to be an unhappy marriage.

If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.

Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.

And then I think we realized, like any young guys, that blues are not learned in a monastery. You’ve got to go out there and get your heart broke and then come back and then you can sing the blues.

A gut-string classical Spanish guitar, a sweet, lovely little lady. The smell of it. Even now, to open a guitar case, when it’s an old wooden guitar, I could crawl in and close the lid.

The Grateful Dead is where everybody got it wrong. Just poodling about for hours and hours. Jerry Garcia,boring shit, man. Sorry, Jerry.

Rap — so many words, so little said. What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.

On Mick Jagger

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.

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?

Why would you want to be anything else if you’re Mick Jagger?

I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs from the establishment…it’s not what the Stones is about, is it? I don’t want to step out on stage with someone wearing a fucking coronet and sporting the old ermine. I told Mick, It’s a fucking paltry honour.  -on Mick Jagger being Knighted.


If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.

It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.

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.

[John] Belushi was an extreme experience even by my standards.

I’ve never had inner turmoil about all this. You find a lot of people these days who cannot stand to be alone. You could lock me up in solitary for weeks on end, and I’d keep myself amused.

The rock’s easy, but the roll is another thing…

You can’t always get what you want, but if you really need something, you usually find it.

I’m all for a quiet life. I just didn’t get one.

Preaching is tax free. Very little to do with God, a lot to do with money

And as I took the lid off of the box, a fine spray of his ashes blew out on to the table. I couldn’t just brush him off so I wiped my finger over it and snorted the residue. Ashes to ashes, father to son.

I was number one on the Who’s Likely To Die list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list.