Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, songwriter, and founding member of the legendary Rolling Stones band. Rolling Stone (the magazine) has said Richards created “rock’s greatest single body of riffs,” and has named him the 4th greatest guitarist of all time. Fourteen songs written by Richards and songwriting partner Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist, are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Richards’s notoriety for illicit drug use stems in part from several drug busts during the late 1960s and 1970s, including a particularly famous heroin incident in Toronto during 1977, where part of his sentence was commuted to performing live on behalf of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), which he did twice along with the entire Rolling Stones band.
Based on Richard’s seemingly carefree, indulgent and party-hard persona, few are aware of his love of books – Richards is an avid reader, and quintessential bibliophile with extensive libraries in all of his homes throughout the world. His favourite topic is history. Yet, most people do in fact know of his absolutely stellar taste in eye wear ….