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I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.
– Keith Richards
To me, my biggest fear is getting a big head, and that is when I get the hammer. Because it’s very easy in this game to believe you’re something special.
About myself I have no great illusions. I know what I am. I know what I’m good at. I know what I ain’t. I’m always hoping to surprise myself. But I do have a love of music and I do love to communicate it, and that’s the best I can do, really. And I can raise a good family, too.
You have the sun, you have the moon, you have the air that you breathe – and you have the Rolling Stones!
Yes, I’ve been trepanned. That’s quite an interesting experience, especially for my brain surgeon, who saw my thoughts flying around in my brain.
You know, the BBC had not been particularly generous in its deliverance of blues and esoteric kinds of music.
Everybody’s got a different way of telling a story – and has different stories to tell.
Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.
I mean, give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string, I wouldn’t get bored anywhere.
I’ve never tried to achieve anything. I achieved everything I wanted to achieve by being in the Rolling Stones and making records.
When you’re supported by millions all over the world, you can either go nuts, or try to feed off the goodwill.
I achieved everything I wanted to achieve by being in the Rolling Stones and making records.
I look for ambiguity when I’m writing because life is ambiguous.
It’s an addiction… and addiction is something I should know something about.
It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.
If you say I’m great, thank you very much. But I know what I am. I could be better, man, you know?
You didn’t know whether Chuck Berry was black or white – it was not a concern.
You’ve got the sun, you’ve got the moon, and you’ve got the Rolling Stones.
To make a rock’n’roll record, technology is the least important thing.
Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.
Let me be clear about this. I don’t have a drug problem. I have a police problem.
If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
To me, as long as we’ve known each other, I’ve always thought Mick’s most brilliant thing was that he could work in an area two foot square and give a very exciting performance.
If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use both feet.
I mean some doctor told me I had six months to live and I went to their funeral.
Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death. You can’t do it by pushing buttons and watching a TV screen.