Keith Richards

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Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 December 1943, Dartford, Kent, England. As founding member and principal guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Richards occupies a unique place in rock’s pantheon. Although not a recognized frontman, his incisive rhythm work, initially modelled on Chuck Berry, has provided the template for many of the Rolling Stones’ finest moments. He became the songwriting partner of Mick Jagger when a need for original material arose, and although their early efforts betrayed an immaturity, their work flourished on completing ‘The Last Time’ in 1965. The first in a series of excellent singles, including ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ (both 1965) and ‘Paint It, Black’ (1966), Richards’ riffs provided the cornerstone to a sound which relied on atmosphere, rather than melody, for effect. Despite this, his name was attached to Today’s Pop Symphony, wherein the Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra...

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