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Keith Richards, cultural icon.

Byline: Jade Wright

WHATEVER happened to Keith Richards? It turns out the man who claimed to have snorted his dad's ashes started out life as a cherubic Westminster choirboy.

This was just one of the revelations from Keith Richards: A Culture Show Special (BBC2, 7pm).

Given that Richards has made it to the age of 66, despite famously spending much of the 1960s and 1970s in a fog of booze, drugs and cigarette smoke, you can assume he's pretty much seen it all.

In this interview with Andrew Graham-Dixon, he focussed less on the hellraising days and more on his songwriting partnership with Mick Jagger, and looked at the man behind the music.

Younger viewers may have recognised him too as Captain Jack Sparrow's dad from Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp based his cheekily charming character on Richards.

But, as this programme showed (admittedly in every fawning detail - Graham-Dixon is clearly a fan), there's more to the Rolling Stones' iconic guitarist than a pirate's dad and a snorter of funereal remains.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2010
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