Happy 65th birthday…

December 18th, 2008


It’s hard to imagine that Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards lived to 65, and it would be easy to fire off a cockroach and Keith Richards joke and call it a birthday greeting. But I’ll leave that to others.

It would be easy too, and entirely consistent with the tone of this blog, to comment on Keith Richards the guitar player. Maybe note that he is very underrated, talk about his use of open tunings, his sense of timing. But that’s not what I’m going to do.

All fun aside, when your feting Keith you have to discuss the body of work from 1971 to 1974 at the least, from Sticky Fingers to It’s Only Rock and Roll. Perhaps you could extend it backwards to 1969’s Let it Bleed or 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties Request or generously extend it forward to 1978’s Some Girls.

But I will stick with 1971 to 1974, when Keith Richards was the driving creative force behind some of the greatest Rock and Roll ever produced, at any time, by anybody. It’s for Gimme Shelter, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, It’s Only Rock and Roll, Angie, Wild Horses, Brown Sugar and Can’t You Hear Me Knocking to name a few. Great Rock and Roll that bears the creative imprint of Keith Richards more than any other person.

At Home in Hespeler wishes an unqualified happy 65th birthday to Keith Richards. However you got here, enjoy the day and thanks for the music.

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