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Keith Richards pens autobiographical children’s book

By | Published on Wednesday 12 March 2014

Gus & Me

Keith Richards has written a children’s book. Yes, that Keith Richards. Yes, a book for actual children. No, he has. Look, just accept it, alright? It’s happening.

The book, titled ‘Gus & Me: The Story Of My Granddad And My First Guitar’, is the story of Richards’ relationship with his jazz musician grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree. And continuing the family connection, it’s been illustrated by Richards’ artist daughter Theodora Dupree Richards – herself named after the titular granddad.

Keith says of the book: “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about. The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me”.

Yes, of course I’m sure I’ve got the right Keith Richards, will you be quiet? He wrote about this story in his autobiography too. Anyway, Theodora added: “When I found out they wanted me to be a part of this project, my immediate instinct was to say yes, and I am so happy I did. To be able to explore my father’s relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I’ve learnt during this whole process have just been life affirming”.

The book will be published in the UK on 9 Sep by Orion Children’s Books in digital and hardback formats. The hardback edition will also come with a CD of bonus content.