Keith Richards: ‘It’s Time to Make Grandpas Hip’

That’s one of the things children’s book author Keith Richards told Matt Lauer this morning on the Today show. The Rolling Stones guitarist’s tome Gus & Me, about the major formative influence played by grandfather “Gus,” is out today. The book is 32 pages long, with illustrations provided by Richards’ 29-year-old daughter Theodora.

It’s going to be fun to track the Amazon reviews for this one. At press time, there are three five-star raves for Gus & Me, starting with this feedback from Fan of Tick Tock:

Who’d have thought the wild man, who gave us “When the Whip Comes Down” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” could also tell such a gentle, evocative tale? Keith Richards writes about his grandfather Gus — a bandleader whose house was filled with “instruments and cake” — and the meandering walks they’d take together through the streets of London.

Stones fans will love Gus & Me because it reveals how young Keef developed his love for music. But even if the book wasn’t about Richards (and even if the playful/mischievous illustrations hadn’t been drawn by his daughter and even if the accompanying CD didn’t feature Keith reading the story in the perfect bedtime voice), it’s simply a wonderful book for children, a book about the lasting gift that a grandfather gave to his grandson.