Back in the day, The Rolling Stones set the standard for rock n roll excess, and now the man who once led the charge, Keith Richards, has been handing out advice to a more recent rock hell-raiser.
Richards told Anothermag.com he has ‘had a word’ with The Libertines and Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty over his own well-publicised battles with drug use, and also had some comments for Amy Winehouse during the interview. “Amy Winehouse and Pete take drugs for the same reasons we did,” he said. “All I’d say is take your drugs in your spare time, if that’s what you want to do, but don’t mix it up.
I’ve had a word with Pete about this but it don’t make any difference. If you mix it up you’re just gonna fall like a million others. I’ve seen too many friends gone that way.”
Richards’ own rock n roll lifestyle is now the stuff of legend, and later in the interview, he discussed one of the most famous stories of them all – the time when he is said to have snorted his father’s ashes. “I opened my dad’s ashes, and some of them blew out over the table,” he remembered. “I looked at them and what do I do? Do I desecrate them with a dustbin and broom? So I wet my finger and I shoved a bit of me dad up my fucking hooter. I’m sure he’s still blessing me. The rest I put around an oak tree.”
Keith Richards’ long awaited autobiography, ‘Life‘, is due to be released on October 26th. Probably worth a read that one.