Published Mar 12, 2014The last time Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards wrote a book, he accused Mick Jagger of having a "tiny todger" and "an enormous pair of balls." Hopefully Richards has toned down the lurid content for his latest manuscript, since he's preparing to release a picture book for children.
The book is called Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, and it's about Richards' introduction to music through his jazz-playing grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree. It was illustrated by Richards' daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards.
The book is based off a story Richards told in his 2010 memoir, Life, and it was inspired in part by Richards' own experiences as a grandfather.
"I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," he said in a statement. "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."
It was written with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro, and includes photographs from the Richards family album, which were the inspiration for the illustrations.
It will arrive in hardcover and eBook on September 9 through Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The physical edition will come with an audio CD containing bonus book content. The UK release will be handled by Orion Children's Books.