In a Facebook
statement, Keith Richards
has revealed that a children's book based on his young life is being released. Titled "Gus & Me: the Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
," the book is an adaptation of a section from Richards' autobiography which talks about the guitarist's relationship with his grandfather. Written by Richards with Barnaby Harris
and Bill Shapiro
, the book will also feature illustrations from Theodora Richards
, Keith's daughter.
Speaking about the book, Keith Richards noted, "I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about. 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."
Theodora Richards also had the following to say of the project: "When I found out they wanted me to be a part of this project, my immediate instinct was to say yes, and I am so happy I did. To be able to explore my father's relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I've learnt during this whole process have just been life affirming."