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Keith Richards

“If the library disappears, then we’re really in trouble. A library is much more than a collection of books; it is a sanctuary, a symbol and both a model for community and its encouragement. Even those who make their living by nonverbal means know, as Keith Richards once declared, that ‘when you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is the great equalizer.’ The Rolling Stones guitarist, not surprisingly, made the only public American appearance in support of his recent autobiography at the New York Public Library.”

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source: “Sanctuary Amid the Stacks,” Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2011.

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“Everybody loves music. What you really want is for music to love you. And that’s the way I saw it was with Keith [Richards]. It takes a certain amount of respect for the process. You’re not writing it, it’s writing you. You’re its flute or its trumpet; you’re it’s strings. That’s real obvious around Keith. He’s like a frying pan made from one piece of metal. He can heat it up really high and it won’t crack, it just changes color.”

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source: quoted in Life by Keith Richards (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2010), 517.

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notes: memoir written with James Fox

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