You know that he has been defying death for years, all the while snorting, drinking, and inhaling anything under the sun. But guitar legend Keith Richards (of the Rolling Stones, for those who stopped paying attention to pop music when Elvis started shaking his hips) has managed to shock the world yet again with his latest answer to â€œwhatâ€™s the craziest thing youâ€™ve ever done?â€
â€œThe craziest thing Iâ€™ve tried to snort? My father,â€ Richards said in a quote given to British music publication NME and widely quoted around the world. â€œI couldnâ€™t resist grinding him up with a bit of blow. My dad wouldnâ€™t have caredâ€¦it went down well, and Iâ€™m still alive.â€
Is anyone surprised that he is? In the rest of the article, Richards also bemoans losing his place on the top of the â€œTo Dieâ€ lists each year, saying, â€œI was really disappointed when I fell of the list.â€
But stranger still is the rest of the article, where Richards takes on the latest crop of rockers (including Pete Doherty, The Libertines, Bloc Party, and The Arctic Monkeys by name) calling them â€œall crapâ€ and criticizing their determination to follow in his footsteps. â€œGrow up,â€ he says. â€œI mean, who do you think youâ€™re gonna be?…Itâ€™s just copycat [expletive]. I did it because I did it, now people think itâ€™s a way of life.â€
Truth be told, my first reaction to the story was, â€œif it wasnâ€™t for the April 4 stamped on the top, Iâ€™d be sure this was an April Foolâ€™s Joke.â€ A look at my fellow correspondent Fred Balsâ€™ article (available here and full of interesting tidbits) on the topic led me to an article at Yahoo, where Richardsâ€™ publicists claim the same thing.
So which is itâ€”a strangely cannibalistic act, a late April Foolâ€™s Joke, or something somewhere in between? I can say this right now, with complete certainty:
Keith Richards doesnâ€™t care what we think.