This cool little book contains interviews from across Richards' life in The Rolling Stones. Beginning with the 1964 piece on the band's Juke Box Jury debacle (according to the establishment), and ending with a 2011 interview stemming from Richards' appearance at the GQ magazine's "Men of the Year Awards". It may be worth more than 3 "stars" because of the unpublished interview--to each his own.
In between are interviews from a 1966 piece for issue #25 of "The Rolling Stones Book" (about Richards' Redlands home and more innocent times, plus the gardener Jack Dyer--inspiration for "Jumpin' Jack Flash"), a 1971 interview for Rolling Stone (very lengthy), a 1976 piece for Sounds, a 1980 interview for Zigzag (now appearing in it's corrected form, different from original publication), a 1981 piece (known as "Tattoo Me") on The Stones' "Tattoo You" album rehearsal work, a 1983 chat with the Daily Mirror, a piece for Record Collector, and several others. Also here is "The Great Lost Keith Richards Interview", intended for Creem Magazine (which ceased publication before the interview could be published) in 1988. Besides the usual queries, this has some pretty interesting questions and answers in it (Richards' thoughts on the quality of The Stone's CD product, the music business) that make it worthwhile reading.
Fans of Richards will be familiar (check out "The Mammoth Book Of The Rolling Stones" also by Egan) with most of these interviews. But having them in one nice neat little book makes for some interesting, informative, and just plain good reading on Richards, The Stones, and music in general. The interviews really give an impression of their times as Richards and the questions change over the years, and Richards begins to play up his "outlaw" r'n'r image. In these later period interviews Richards is keenly aware of the image he wants people to see, so at times embellishes the facts to fit the image. There's no photos except for the cover, and there's an Index which is helpful.
Besides the "lost" interview fans will be familiar with these pieces, but there's something about these interviews with Keef that keep you reading. They're a reminder of past days (until the late 70's/early 80's) before Richards became fodder for the media as a "bad boy" of r'n'r. Still--enjoyable, interesting, and sometimes informative interviews. Check it out.