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In quotes: Keith Richards
Keith Richards
Richards founded the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards has never been shy about speaking his mind, although his "confession" that he snorted his father's ashes is probably the most outrageous of them all.

Here is a selection of Richards' choicest quotes from over the years:

I thought it was ludicrous to take one of those gongs from the establishment when they did their very best to throw us in jail.
Talking about Sir Mick Jagger accepting a knighthood to Uncut magazine

There are certain guys that are band players and there's certain guys that ain't. If there's anybody lazier than me, it's Eric (Clapton).
Mojo magazine

I looked upon myself, in a sort of romantic and silly way, as like a laboratory.
He tells Rolling Stone of his drug-taking past

I thought rock and roll was an unassailable outlet for some pure and natural expression of rebellion. It used to be one channel you could take without ever havin' to kiss ass, you know?
Rolling Stone

You can't get off the bus. You've really got to drop on this job. It's all I'm really good at.
Talking about carrying on in the music business on the Rolling Stones DVD

I was number one on the Who's Likely To Die list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list.

The idea of retiring is like killing yourself. It's almost like Hari Kari. I intend to live to a 100 and go down in history.
BBC Newsnight 2005

I'm a family man. I'm a grandfather now - I'm really a benign sort of chap.
BBC Newsnight 1983

It was when someone put strychnine in my dope. It was in Switzerland. I was totally comatose, but I was totally awake. I could listen to everyone, and they were like, 'He's dead, he's dead!', waving their fingers and pushing me about, and I was thinking, `I'm not dead!'.
He recalls his worst drug experience to NME

Stones star 'snorted dad's ashes'
04 Apr 07 |  Entertainment
Rolling Stones top US tour chart
29 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
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25 Nov 06 |  Entertainment
Rolling Stones cancel Hawaii show
01 Nov 06 |  Entertainment


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