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article imageRock icon Keith Richards wants to lose 'junkie' image

By Kev Hedges     Nov 4, 2010 in Entertainment
Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards believes that the image of him being a "junkie" and a decadent outlaw is too difficult to shake off.
In his recently released autobiography Life ,which covers his often difficult upbringing in Dartford, southern England to his global super-stardom status, he reveals that you can "get stuck with an image, part of the whole reason for the book was to dispel some of that junkie, dopey, rock and roll, it is not like that at all."
Richards received a £4.8m ($7.8m) advance for the book, but as Sky News reports he did not do it for the money.
He even explains how he wrote to Tony Blair, backing him over the decision to go to war in Iraq , urging him to "stick to his guns and not to pull out." Richards also reveals that he is a bookworm with a library so extensive he once considered professional training so he could better manage it.
The autobiography promises to reveal subjects such as The Rolling Stones' first fame and subsequent drug busts, the women in his life, his constant feuding and reconciliations with Mick Jagger, according to It also covers his extensive passion for books and literary works and well as the more sinister side of his drink and drug addictions.
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