Life by Keith Richards…It’s only books ‘n’ shelves but I like it.

by |December 10, 2010

So if Keith Richards was coming for Christmas dinner at your place, what would you put under the tree for him?

I asked the question earlier in the week, and let me tell you, I was pretty nervous about the responses I would get.

Readers had quite an incentive. Up for grabs was a single, precious edition of Life, signed by the agent of the devil himself, Mr Keith Richards.

Here  are some suggestions for Keith’s Australian Christmas. Apologies to those who I haven’t included in full or couldn’t include – you know you are.

From Janine Hiddlestone, Yorkey’s Knob, Qld

If Keith Richards dropped by for Christmas dinner, I would make sure that under the tree was a bottle (or two) of the finest vodka, a Fender Telecaster and last but not least, a blonde (or two).

From Paul Sablinskis, Wantirna, Victoria

If Keith Richards was coming to Christmas Lunch at my place I would put under the tree for him a Chess set with Rock player figures on one side and Jazz player figures on the other.

From Lisa Ashdown, Woorinen, Victoria

I  would  put  under  my Christmas tree for Keith Richards a wonderful recipe book for sufferers of arthritis and some homemade mince tarts.

From Vince Davies , Cleveland, Queensland

A self destruct land mine.

From Shell Tobin, Gerringong, NSW

Keith would have to be on his best behaviour if he was to come to my place for Christmas lunch. .. Well, what do you get for the man who has everything? For Keith I would find the most beautiful Irish Waterford Crystal whiskey tumbler…. and there is nothing that makes a person feel special like drinking out of a gorgeous glass, whatever you may like to put in it.

From Dianne Grendon, Pear Trees Farm, Lorne, NSW

If Keith Richards was coming for Christmas I would put a beautiful large photographic book of Australia under the tree for him so he too can see what a great country we live in.

Wishing you and all the staff at Booktopia a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2011 and thank you for doing such a great job!

(Thanks to you Dianne: TW)

From Julie Keys, Gerringong, NSW

A container of his closest relative’s ashes.

From E Gamble, Hawthorne East, Melbourne

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Just good friends

Keith Richards’ gift under the tree wouldn’t be big, but it would be all I could give and all I’d hope he’d like to receive. The gift would be the lunch itself – the time spent enjoying life: talking, laughing, singing and being – with good folks around to share it. And under the tree it would be a simple note: “The door’s always open, man.”

From Lee Thomas, Success, WA

I would have to place under the tree for Keith Richards a copy of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.

From Alana Cranney, Sydney, NSW

A Booktopia gift voucher of course!

Thanks to Alana also for pointing us to the article – It’s only books ‘n’ shelves but I like it – which explains that Keith in fact is a frustrated librarian.

It seems that just about everyone who has read Life, has loved it, with the possible exception of Mick Jagger who finds it “tedious in the extreme”. It is a shame he didn’t answer our Christmas question.

In the meantime, stand by Shell Tobin. You are one lucky woman – a signed copy coming your way.

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  • Shell Tobin

    December 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

    OMG. As Big Kev would say, “I’m excited!” (“(‘_’)/”)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you Booktopia. What an absolutely “Shazzan” surprise!

  • toniwhitmont

    December 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I feel like Santa. The book has arrived – this is Shell’s response:

    Once upon a time there was a band of young minstrels. Together they were known, in certain realms at least, as The Most Dangerous Band in the World, but most people recognised them by the name of The Rolling Stones.

    Oh my, a wonderful thing has happened! A little piece of that band of scandalous minstrel boys arrived right here on my doorstep today. It’s not a lock of hair or a sweaty old shirt, nothing so gross or “Juliet Naked” as that. Oh no, it’s something much more precious. One of the minstrel boys, having grown older and perhaps somewhat wiser through the years, decided to tell his story to the world, and so he came to write a tale called, rather appropriately, “Life”.

    Knowing that many people hold him in high regard and wanting to please them, he made his mark on some of the printed copies of his story in order to make to some of those people a more personal gift. Simply signed, “Keith Richards ’10”, one of those very special books arrived here today, for me. It feels as though a little sparkle of real magic has alighted in my home.

    Thank you Keith.

    (Just letting you know the package has arrived safely, Toni. Thank you! xx)

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