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Keith Richards Shares His Desert Island Discs

Keith Richards

We’ve heard a lot lately about the bands and albums Keith Richards doesn’t like, but which records does he love enough to wish he had on hand if he were stuck on a deserted island?

Thanks to the BBC, now we have the answer to that question. Richards drew up a list of his desert island discs for a recent profile that found him waxing rhapsodic about those all-time favorite records while looking back on his past as a rebellious school student, a young guitar fanatic and finally one of rock’s most legendary hedonists.

“The image is like a ball and chain,” Richards said about his hard-partying image. “I do love old Keith, and I do love the way people cotton on to him. It’s one part of me and a lot of that’s in the past. I’m growing up, or rather evolving. I suppose with grandchildren I suddenly realise I’m in it for the longer haul.”

Richards is currently on the promotional trail for his new Crosseyed Heart LP, and plans to head back into the studio next year with the Rolling Stones to work on the band’s first album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Check out his desert island discs below.

Chuck Berry, Wee Wee Hours
Hank Williams, You Win Again
Aaron Neville, My True Story
Etta James, Sugar on the Floor
Freddie Scott, Are You Lonely for Me
Gregory Isaacs, Extra Classic
Nigel Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra, Spring From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Little Walter, Key to the Highway

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