342 - Keith Richards


Quem pode parar Keith Richards? Para marcar o retorno dos Stones ao Brasil, trazemos esta "entrevista-solo" com o famoso guitarrista e compositor. Em sua longa vida (72) ele colecionou muitos feitos, inclusive a redescoberta do Blues para os norte-americanos. Ele já lançou seu terceiro álbum solo, mas nos conta também sobre o ambiente da banda... By Jordan Riefe


Rock legend Keith Richards turned 72 in December and many people are amazed that he has made it this far . He is no longer a heroin addict but he is still a chain smoker. Yet his musical career has been spectacular: the Rolling Stones guitarist has been writing hit songs with Mick Jagger for over half a century, but he has also worked on solo projects. On September 18th he released his third album, Crosseyed Heart . This was the same day that a documentary about him, Keith Richards: Under the Influence, was released by Netflix. It was directed by Morgan Neville and when Neville and Richards met the press, a journalist asked about the album’s musical influences:

Keith Richards (Standard British accent)

I guess, when I listen to it, it’s a sum of a lot of influences that are had on me. I didn’t intend it to be that way, but then I think when you make a record and you’re a musician you are what you hear and what you’ve been listening to over the years and when I listen to it now I realize in a way that that’s the kind of record it is, it’s a hats off to a lot of great influences on my musical career. There’s a lot of cops involved, but I... I guess that even proves the point! It just grew all by itself ; there was no intention of doing this. What I loved about making it was, because there was no intention of making an album, there was no deadline . We just made it until we felt happy with it because it wasn’t, you know, expected, it wasn’t owed to anybody and I think that’s one of the beauties of the record for me is the way it was made and also my great friend Steve Jordan, who is 50 per cent of this record at least. I mean, he’s a great friend of mine and we’ve worked together from way back now. We worked with Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin, you know. I mean, we have credentials! And... so, as I say, it really just organically grew in its own little greenhouse – and I’m not telling you what grows in there!

And the Stones are often credited with bringing blues music to a wider audience:

Keith Richards

It was one of those side effects of what we did as the Stones. You see, in England we were hearing very little blues, or rhythm and blues, but probably because we were so starved we became so obsessed by it, and said: “Other people must hear this!” The weird thing is that when we got to America we realized that most of America wasn’t listening to it either not because they didn’t like it, but because they didn’t go down that end of the dial on the radio . There was a sort of segregation all the way through society and I think probably what, you know, was the greatest things for me was to meet people like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. And these were the guys that we looked up to as the gods and they would come and thank us for reviving and bringing the blues back to America. Well, that is probably a far bigger aim than I ever expected! You expect to make a few good records and hope to turn a few people on, but to have your own people turn round and thank you for it, that’s a big one to bear and I’m still trying to get my hands around that one, you know, but at the same time I’m damn glad I did it and I’m very happy that they thought that we were (an) integral part of bringing the blues back into American mainstream music. That’s my job.


And Keith Richards thinks that he has had some luck in his musical career:

Keith Richards

I always think that maybe this thing has all got to do with: “Do you meet the right people to play with?” That is the essence of a band and you can have a million virtuosi out there, but unless they can work together and put their energies together, that’s the difficult thing. For me, it’s a miracle, you know, I got lucky... first go, I got Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger! And you can’t go wrong with material like that, but I also realized that it is the chemistry amongst people playing together that makes the music probably far more important than anything one can do by oneself, and so it’s got to do with community too, it’s got to do with friendship and it’s got to do with living with each other. It’s kind of like a weird family life and no babies!


Under the Influence Aqui o autor da biografia fez um trocadilho entre influência musical e a influência do uso de álcool (ou drogas). Driving Under the Influence (DUI) é a infração típica para quem dirige sob o efeito de drogas ou álcool.

A lot of influences that are had on me. Já aqui Richards comete um erro. O correto seria dizer a lot of influences that I’ve had (in my life).

There’s a lot of cops involved. “Há muitos policiais envolvidos”. Keith Richards faz uma brincadeira com essa frase, querendo dizer que a polícia também teve influência na sua vida (por conta dos seus problemas com as drogas).

And hope to turn a few people on. “E espero que mais gente se sensibilize por uma boa música”. To turn on tem muitos significados: “ligar”, “excitar”, mas aqui tem um sentido um pouco menos usual que é o de “conhecer”. A frase completa seria and hope to turn people onto good music.

That’s a big one to bear and I’m still trying to get my hands round that one. “É uma responsabilidade grande e ainda estou procurando entendê-la”. To get my hands round it significa literalmente “colocar as mãos ao redor”, mas também pode significar “entender, aceitar”.

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