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Saturday 20 September 2014

Jagger is unbearable, says Richards

Keith Richards described fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger as 'unbearable'

Keith Richards has described fellow Rolling Stone Mick Jagger as "unbearable" in a candid memoir that lays open their fraught relationship.

In his autobiography Life, the musician reveals his nicknames for Jagger are "Brenda" or "Your Majesty", and compares coping with an annoying mynah bird as "like living with Mick".

Richards writes of the distance between the pair, saying: "I used to love Mick, but I haven't been to his dressing room in 20 years. Sometimes I think, 'I miss my friend'. I wonder, 'Where did he go?'."

Richards uses the book, serialised in The Times, to take personal swipes at his bandmate, writing: "It was the beginning of the eighties when Mick started to become unbearable."

He also dismissed Jagger's solo album Goddess In The Doorway by saying: "It's like Mein Kampf - everyone had it, but no-one read it."

In an interview with Caitlin Moran in Times2, Richards, 67, says Jagger has read Life and adds: "I think it opened his eyes, actually."

Asked by Moran whether he was trying to "wind up" Jagger, Richards replies: "We've had our beefs but, hey, who doesn't? You try and keep something together for 50 years."

He insists in the interview that he still wants to work with Jagger, saying he plans to go on tour with the Rolling Stones.

Despite years of drug taking, Richards tells Moran he hopes he has many years left to live, adding: "Well, I'm not putting death on the agenda. I don't want to see my old friend Lucifer just yet. He's the guy I'm gonna see, isn't it? I'm not going to the Other Place, let's face it."

Drugs are another topic, Richards admitting that he would start taking heroin if he was given the chance to live his life over again. He tells Moran he has now given up cocaine, however, saying: "I've given up everything now - which is a trip in itself."

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