As one half of the fabled Glimmer Twins, Keith Richards doesn’t make many solo albums. Still, it could be argued that one of them helped save the Rolling Stones. His gold-selling ‘Talk is Cheap’ LP arrived in 1988 as the Stones were at a low ebb, and sparked Richards’ first-ever solo tour. Not long after, Richards reunited with a suitably impressed Mick Jagger, though a second Richards project followed in 1990. Richards also moonlighted with Rolling Stones bandmate Ron Wood as a member of an all-star late-’70s group called the New Barbarians, and on some of Wood’s albums. More recently, Richards has taken up acting as part of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie franchise. A 1978 solo version of ‘Run Rudolph Run’ remains a holiday staple on classic-rock radio stations.
Selected Discography: ‘The New Barbarians: Buried Alive’ (1979), ‘Talk is Cheap’ (1988), ‘Main Offender’ (1990)
Falling out of a tree was enough to convince Keith Richards to give up cocaine, but he's managed to hang on to a few of his other favorite pastimes — including smoking a daily joint and bugging Mick Jagger.
"My body left the car," wrote Richards. "I watched it all happen from 12, 15 feet above. You can leave your body, believe me. I'd been trying all my life, but this was the first real experience of it."
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