Keith Richards Accepts Prestigious Literary Award
As if being a revered guitarist in one of the most important and beloved rock bands of all time isn't enough of a career accolade, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is now the recipient of the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography. The guitarist/author picked up the award for his best-selling memoir, 'Life,' which was released last year.
"This is one for the books, if you get my drift, you hacks," Richards, 67, said to a packed house. He was introduced to the stage by none other than former President (and saxophonist) Bill Clinton, who labeled Richards "my friend" and a "good guy." The former leader of the free world even revealed that his late mother-in-law, who died recently, was a massive fan of Richards, saying "Do you have any idea what it's like to have a 92-year-old groupie living in your home, a woman who lived and breathed for the Rolling Stones?" She must've been a cool mother-in-law, that's for sure.
CBS News reports that despite being surrounded by people attired in gowns and spiffy suits, Richards was his typical rock dude self, dropping more than his fair share of swear words and coming clean about his demons.
"You've heard from some incredible people about some serious stuff," Richards acknowledged, before bringing the subject to his own demons, his longtime heroin addiction. "The only serious stuff I'm interested in I've given up."
If you are curious about the nature of the Mailers, here's some info. They are named for noted writer Norman Mailer and have been in existence for three years now.
Congrats, Keith! Who knew a book about your life of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll could win you a prize? Nice work, sir.