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WEEKEND: BOOKS: Rise and rise of Mick and Keef.

Byline: Steve Chilton

Mick & Keith, by Chris Salewicz (Orion, pounds 20)

THIS would be an ideal text book should the Rolling Stones ever be studied at A-level, as one day they surely will.

A comprehensive account of the life and crimes of the group whose life of excess makes you marvel they are still alive, let alone still performing.

This is presented as a dual biography of those two old muckers from Dartford, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Most of it confirming what we know about the rise of grammar schoolboy Michael Jagger to Sir Mick, randy old goat, social climber and legendary tight-wad.

And of course the most charismatic rock singer of his age.

His pal Keef, once "elegantly wasted" now just wasted. Another world-class over-indulger, in his case heroin rather than women.

He gets the most sympathetic treatment in this well-researched, if at times pedestrian, account of their lives.

It's only Rock 'n' Roll but we still like 'em, even if these near 60-year-olds have left an awful lot of wrecked lives in their wake.


FRESH-FACED: Jagger and Richards in the early days
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 23, 2002
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