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Keith Richards To Publish Picture Book Sept. 9

Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming picture book publication of Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar from world-renowned Rolling Stones rock star Keith Richards, with …
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Stars of the Les Paul “Black Beauty”

Gibson debuted the Les Paul Custom in 1954 and dubbed it the “Fretless Wonder.” Originally, black-finish Les Paul Customs came with one P-90 (bridge position) and one Alnico V pickup (neck position). It morphed, and soon had Seth Lover’s PAF humbuckers, and was also known as the “Black Beauty.” Now, you can buy a 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty which is true to its ’57 vintage spec. Epiphone has its own glorious Black Beauty for players on a budget. Sunburst …
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Keith Richards’ 10 Coolest Guitar Riffs

When it comes to The Rolling Stones’ signature riffs, Keith Richards has always been the band’s big daddy – especially during their golden era of the 1960s and ’70s, when various Gibson Les Pauls, ESmodels and Hummingbirds were often his instruments of choice. Here’s a rundown of the Stones’ coolest riffs. They’re all part of both the Richards canon and rock ’n’ roll history. Richards says this song’s epic three-note riff came to him in his sleep. If that’s the case, maybe he should get more…
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10 Things You May Not Know About Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones are gearing up to their “50 Years and Counting” tour. You’ll know all the songs they’ll play. But, perhaps, you don’t know some things about Keith Richards. 1. Keith Doesn’t Sleep. In his Life autobiography, Richards reckons that on average, he slept only two nights a week for many years of the Stones’ glory years. “This means that I have been conscious for at least three lifetimes,” he calculated. No sleep, and he can still do the math! A related aside: Keith claims he wrote the “Satisfaction” riff…
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The Big Send-Off: 10 Epic Guitar Outros

A great guitar outro can serve as the musical equivalent of an exclamation point, something to drive home a song in a memorable way. Whether flashy or subtle, the best guitar codas leave an impression that lingers long after the last notes fade. Below are 10 of the very best. “Mr. Crowley” (Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads). Randy Rhoads’ beautiful, classically inspired outro elevated this Ozzy classic into something of monumental proportions. The late guitarist spent hours working on the solo, but remained frustrated…
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Celebrating the Rhythm Guitarist

When you go to a rock show, there are usually one or two people in a band that stand out the most. The singer of course gets a lot of attention, and tends to be the one that many casual fans associate with the band in question. The guitarist, or lead guitarist in a two-guitar band, is usually second in line. All the cool guitar solos and poses make him a focal point of the show. But what about the rhythm guitarist? Easily one of the most overlooked band members, he is often neglected simply because he’s not at the front of the…
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10 Amazing Solos Played on Les Pauls

With its rich sustain, distinctive tone and finger-friendly fretboard, it’s hardly surprising that many of rock’s greatest solos have been played on Les Pauls. Through the years, thousands of unforgettable solos have been unleashed on the instrument, often within the context of classic songs. Below is a sampling of some of the most brilliant. Please add your personal favorites in the comments section that follows. “Walk This Way” – Joe Perry (Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic, 1975). Joe Perry came up with the perfect solo for the bridge section…
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Stone Alone: Keith Richards’ Solo Excursions

Yes, the Rolling Stones are back. A fascinating sideshow to the Stones drama over the years has always been – what’s Keith Richards doing? “Keef” has only released two bona fide solo albums – 1988’s Talk is Cheap and 1992’s Main Offender. And both remain gems of ramshackle rock’n’roll. But away from Mick Jagger and the Stones’ slow-moving juggernaut, Keith Richards has also played some interesting cameos. Around the time his Life autobiography was published in 2010, Richards’ put out…
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Keith Richards and Steve Miller Do More for Les

Keith Richards takes to his official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with an exclusive “Ask Keith” video clip answering the question “What was it like to work with Lou Pallo?” on the new Les Paul tribute album, Thank You Les. “He …
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NBC Publishing To Release Enhanced eBook Mick and Keith: Never Stop

Mick and Keith: Never Stop, released by NBC Publishing, features Elliot’s interviews-produced by NBC’s TODAY show-with the Rolling Stones frontmen along with her reflections on their enduring legacy. The eBook also includes images of the band from famed rock photographers …
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