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Keith Richards: "Her Majesty" Jagger "Unbearable"

"You try and keep something together for 50 years"



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    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards arrive at a screening of The Rolling Stones new documentary "Stones in Exile" and the re-release of their album "Exile on Main Street" May 11, 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The album will be released on May 18 in the US.

    Keith Richards' long-awaited memoir is about to drop, and it looks like more than a few barbs will land on the head of  longtime bandmate Mick Jagger.

    The legendary, death-defying guitarist calls the Rollings Stones' singer "Her Majesty, Brenda," describes Jagger as "unbearable" and says he hasn't set foot in his fellow Glimmer Twin's dressing room in decades. The 527-page book, due out Oct. 26, covers plenty of ground and offers anecdotes on such celebs as John Lennon and Johnny Depp. But the most interesting revelations served up by Richards in "Life" are about Jagger, who he's known for more than 60 of his 66 years.

    "It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable," Richards writes in the autobiography, which fetched an advance of $7.7 million."Sometimes I think: 'I miss my friend.' I wonder: 'Where did he go?"'

    Richards told the Times of London that he gave Jagger a sneak preview of the book, and the only thing Jagger wanted omitted was a reference to Jagger using a voice coach. Richards refused.

     "We've had our beefs but, hey, who doesn't? You try and keep something together for 50 years," Richards told the British newspaper, which is serializing the book. He added that the band was considering another tour.

    "I think it's going to happen. I've had a chat with ... Her Majesty. Brenda."

    Richards said Johnny Depp had been hanging out with his son for two years before he recognized the star.

    "Then one day he was at dinner, and I'm like, 'Whoa!' Scissorhands!"

    As for Lennon, Richards offers this: "Johnny. A silly sod, in many ways. I don't think John ever left my house, except horizontally."

    Richards says he kicked heroin in 1978 after a fifth drug bust and stopped using cocaine after falling out of a coconut tree in Fiji in 2006, necessitating brain surgery.

    "I loved a good high. And if you stay up, you get the songs that everyone else misses because they're asleep," Richards said.

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