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The Most Insane Keith Richards Stories on Record

With a face like Keith Richards's you just know he's lived a full life. Even if you didn't know he was one of the most influential guitarists in history or a member of a little band called The Rolling Stones, there's just something about the man. Somehow, despite all his debauchery, he's still alive, making headlines. But what are the craziest Keith Richards life stories?

Richards has so much swagger his name is synonymous with the classic bad boy rock star. He's done more substances than all the inhabitants of most small countries combined and lived to tell you about them. His continued existence laughs in the face of science and common sense, and we applaud him for it. At the end of 2018, Richards revealed to Rolling Stone that he substantially cut back on his drinking and is nearly sober - he only has a glass of wine or a beer on occasion, saying he got "fed up with it," which feels like an end to Richards's substance-fueled antics. 

So let's look back at some of the crazier exploits of Keith Richards (or at least the ones that are on record). Can you even imagine the stories he hasn't told? Many of these tales are recorded for posterity in his book, an autobiography called Life, and his antics could likely fill many more books as well.

What are the most insane things Keith Richards has ever done? How many times should Keith Richards have died? Read on to find out and be sure to upvote the most insane Keith Richards stories below.

  • That Time He Snorted His Father

    Richards made international headlines in 2007 after he was asked by NME magazine about the strangest thing he ever snorted. The answer? “My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared. It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

    The comment shocked the journalist and the story instantly took the media by storm. Richards’s manager issued a statement saying the anecdote had been a joke, but many feel the story is true. 

    Source: The Guardian

  • That Time Someone Put Strychnine In His Pot

    It's no secret that Richards has done a lot of hard substances. But what was his worst experience? When asked in the 1970s, he shared this terrifying anecdote:

    Someone put strychnine (pesticide) 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. I was thinking I’m not dead. I was number one on the Who’s list of people who were likely to die for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list.

    Source: Listverse

  • That Time The Mayor Of Boston Released Him From Prison So He Could Make A Concert

    On July 18,1972, a Rolling Stones concert was scheduled in Boston, MA. But there was one tiny problem. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger had been arrested for scuffling with a photographer in Rhode Island. So Mayor Kevin White did what any good politician would, and had the bad boys released into his personal custody so the show could go on.

    He told the Boston Garden crowd, "The Stones have been busted, but I have sprung them!” and probably became the most loved mayor in the history of the city.

    Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
  • That Concert At Altamont

    That Altamont show was famously quite an experience. In 1969, when the band arrived for the free show, Mick Jagger was punched in the head. Violence took over and a fan was even killed after pulling a gun on a Hells Angel. The Grateful Dead said a resounding "no thank you" to taking the stage, and three other accidental deaths occurred.

    However, Richards said of the show, "on the whole, a good concert."

    Source: Ultimate Classic Rock