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Keith Richards moves solo recordings to BMG

By | Published on Tuesday 13 November 2018

Keith Richards

Keith Richards has signed a new worldwide deal with BMG that will see it represent his solo recordings. The company already represents the Rolling Stone’s publishing catalogue.

In one of the least verbose press statements in recent memory, Richards says: “Looking forward to working with Hartwig Masuch and everyone at BMG”.

Aw, that’s nice. Bumping up the word count, but only a little, BMG boss Masuch adds: “It has been a pleasure to build a relationship with Keith and his exceptional team over the past five years. It is a real honour now to extend that relationship even further to work with his classic solo releases”.

Desperately trying to get some substance into all this commenting, BMG EVP Global Catalogue Recordings Peter Stack chips in: “This agreement paves the way for a reappraisal and repositioning of the solo work of one of rock n roll’s true originals and arguably its most pre-eminent guitarist. Fans can expect a programme of releases which truly does justice to these great recordings”.

Ah yes, a “reappraisal and repositioning of [his] solo work”. I think that’s a nice way of saying that, in the main, most people currently think Richards should stick to the day job.