[[caption-width-right:319:Your Worst Nightmare!]]

->''"Keith Richards said that kids should not do drugs; Keith, we can't do any more drugs, because you already fucking did them all! There's none left; we have to wait until you die and smoke your ashes! Jesus Christ! Talk about the pot and the fucking kettle!"''
-->-- '''Creator/DenisLeary'''

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is the rhythm guitarist and a founding member of Music/TheRollingStones, one of the best known members along with Music/BrianJones and Music/MickJagger, and first became famous with them along with Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts during UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion. His inspirations have long included Music/ChuckBerry, Jimmy Reed, Scotty Moore (Music/ElvisPresley's guitarist) and Music/BoDiddley. His style is (predictably) a standard blues rock feel, emphasizing chords and rhythm over 'fastest-gun-in-the-west style.'

He is frequently listed among the top ranks of guitarist magazines, greatest song lists, and all time rock and roller greats. His musical history is enormous, with hundreds of songs to his name, and even more guitarists inspired directly or partially by him. He has also inspired actors, but more on that later.

Unfortunately, despite his talent, he is most remembered for his [[AddledAddict amazing amounts of drug intakes]], and other 'misquotations' from his long career. He once famously responded to an interviewer asking him what the strangest thing he had ever snorted was by saying 'my father, [[AshesToCrashes his ashes ground up and snorted]].' This article had to be changed by his management, since it stated incorrectly that he ground his father's ashes up [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne 'like cocaine']] when in truth it was [[DistinctionWithoutADifference 'with cocaine']]. Also, they incorrectly stated that he listened to Music/{{Motorhead}}, not Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart.

Richards was been made even more famous by Creator/JohnnyDepp, who based the movement of the character Jack Sparrow off Keith Richards. Richards then appeared in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie as Jack Sparrow's father, complete with his wife's ShrunkenHead.

Magazine/RollingStone recognizes him as the fourth greatest guitarist of all time on their list of [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone100GreatestGuitaristsOfAllTime 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time]].
!!Solo album discography:

* 1988 - ''Talk Is Cheap''
* 1991 - ''Live At The Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988''
* 1992 - ''Main Offender''

!!Non-album singles:

* 1978 - ''Run Rudolph Run''
** ''The Harder They Come'' as the original B-side
*** ''Pressure Drop'' as the reissue B-side


* 2009 - ''Life''
* 2014 - ''Gus And Me''

!! Keith Richards provides examples of:

* AshesToCrashes: The ash snorting story. See UrbanLegend below.
* CelebrityCameo: He plays Jack Sparrow's father in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' franchise.
* ChristmasSongs: "Run Rudolph Run".
* CoolOldGuy: He is over 70 now, did every possible drug in the world (except crack cocaine, which Richards hates and has no interest in trying) and still plays the meanest licks on stage.
* HeAlsoDid: He actually played bass on a number of Rolling Stones songs, most notably "Sympathy for the Devil" (you can actually see him laying down the bass part in the Creator/JeanLucGodard film of the same title). He also played bass in the {{Supergroup}} The Dirty Mac from ''The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus'', but since Music/EricClapton and Music/JohnLennon also were in the group, ''someone'' had to play bass.
* ICallItVera: Names all of his guitars, in order to simplify things with his techs. His main guitars include "Micawber," "Malcolm," "Sunny" (all Fender Telecasters) and "Dice" (a Gibson Les Paul Jr.).
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The amount of drugs this guy has taken in his life. Also during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, California, in September 1965, before performing the song "The Last Time", Richards noted his microphone was pointing away from him. To put it in the right direction, he smashed his guitar against the microphone, causing it to give him an electric shock, which rendered him unconscious for seven minutes. Luckily, Bill Wyman rushed to his aid in time to get the guitar away from his body (the shock had melted away three of its strings). Later on, in 2006, he concussed himself after falling off a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji, only to be nursed back to health in UsefulNotes/NewZealand. He later offered his gratitude to the surgeons in New Zealand who operated on him, saying that "[[http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/video.cfm?c_id=1501119&gal_cid=1501119&gallery_id=139548 I left half my brain there]]".
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: In his autobiography ''Life'', he says that he formed the side project X-Pensive Winos in the 80's for several reasons: the Stones were on an indefinite hiatus, Keith wanted to get back on the road, and he still had a lot of bills to pay. Later on, he specifically notes he enjoys the royalties that one of the Winos' songs gets from its inclusion in an episode of ''Series/TheSopranos''. He also talks at length about the fact that the Stones barely broke even in their early years due to a heavily-unfair record company contract, and that their renegotiation of their contract in the early 80's allowed them to get much more royalties than normal, which is why they officially licence all their own products (for big pay-checks).
* PopCulturalOsmosis: After Jagger, Richards is probably the most famous member of the Stones. But he is perhaps more iconic as an apparently immortal junkie than he is as a guitar legend.
* SmokingIsCool: Still smokes like a chimney at age 70 and looks bad-ass while doing it.
* SmokingIsNotCool: On the other hand his body has visibly suffered from decades of tobacco and drug abuse.
* SoloSideProject: Basically Keith's entire solo career. For him, the Stones have always been his number one priority. Still, in an interview he claimed his only regret in life was "getting busted for drug possession".
* SophisticatedAsHell: He's quite attuned culturally and one of his choices for a Desert Island Disc was Vivaldi's "Four Seasons, [[http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/25/stones-music-bbc his justification]] is:
--> ''I was agonising about this because Mozart is my man, but then I found out reading some of his letters that the only good word he had to say about any other composer was Vivaldi, and then I tried to put this together with being on a desert island... so I chose spring from Vivaldi.''
* SpecialGuest: He played guitar on Music/PeterTosh's "Bush Doctor" (1978), sang on Music/MaxRomeo's album "Holding Out My Love To You" (1981), added guitar and backing vocals to Music/TomWaits' "Big Black Mariah", "Union Square" and "Blind Love" from ''Music/RainDogs'' (1985), co-wrote, played and shared lead vocals on Waits' "That Feel" from ''Music/BoneMachine'' (1992) and provided guitar and vocals to Waits' "Chicago", "Satisfied", "Last Leaf" and "Hell Broke Luce" from ''Music/BadAsMe'' (2011) as well.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Keith has lent his vocals to numerous Rolling Stones songs over the years.
* UrbanLegend: Supposedly, Keith is able to cheat death because every few years, he gets a full blood transfusion at a clinic in Switzerland. Keith said he told this to the customs officer in London as a joke, and the guy bought it. The same goes for the story that he allegedly snorted his father's ashes along with some coke.
* XTremeKoolLetterz: Keith's side band, the X-Pensive Winos.