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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Rolling Stone to pen life story
Keith Richards
Richards denied snorting the ashes of his late father
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has begun work on his autobiography, which will be released by 2010.

The 63-year-old, who formed the band in the early 1960s, has spoken candidly about his music, heroin addiction and battles with bandmate Sir Mick Jagger.

Publisher Michael Pietsch of Little, Brown and Company said extracts he had read were "delicious".

The Associated Press reports Richards will receive $7.3m (3.6m) for writing the book.

'Cultural force'

Other Rolling Stones members have written memoirs, including former bassist Bill Wyman and fellow guitarist Ron Wood, whose book is due out shortly.

Sir Mick Jagger has reportedly tried writing his autobiography, but given up, claiming he could not remember anything of interest.

Richards is writing the book with the help of close friend James Fox, the author of White Mischief.

The Rolling Stones
The Stones are in the middle of their A Bigger Bang world tour

"For nearly 50 years he has been at the very centre of the vortex of stardom and of entertainment as a cultural force," said Mr Pietsch.

"To have the story of his own life in one book, there's no experience like that. And there will be stories he has never uttered before," he added.

Earlier this year, Richards denied he had snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs binge, after comments he made to music weekly NME.

The Rolling Stones are currently in the middle of the European leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour.

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