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Keith Richards pays Bob Dylan a backhanded compliment

Keith Richards selects Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'' as top must hear album
Keith Richards selects Bob Dylan's 'Blonde on Blonde'' as top must hear album
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Keith Richards ranks Bob Dylan's 1966 classic studio album "Blonde on Blonde" tops among the 101 albums people should listen to before they die, but regards the folk-rock godfather as "a nasty little bugger." The outspoken Rolling Stones guitarist made the revelation as one of several contributing artists asked to select their top album pick in the new edition of NME magazine.

According to an article posted May 18 at Music-News.com courtesy of NME.com, the iconic British rocker joined a group of musicians, which also included: Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl, Libertine's Pete Doherty, Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan, The Artic Monkeys and ex-Oasis' Noel Gallagher among numerous others in selecting his No. 1 choice for the "101 Albums" list. The Stones co-founder regards Dylan's celebrated seventh studio album, one of rock's first double-albums, as groundbreaking, a record which didn't adhere to the "verse-chorus-verse formula."

Although Richards clearly admires his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's music, he seems slightly less enamoured with the living legend on a personal level. Referencing The Stones' formative days back in the 1960's, Keef comments on Dylan's personality, saying, "We all pushed each other on in those days. Bob's a nasty little bu**er."

Dylan, who was one of the biggest influences on the Stones' greatest 60's rivals - The Beatles, also led the U.S. counter attack to the British Invasion, providing hits songs for top American groups like The Byrds, The Turtles, as well as Sonny and Cher. Recalling a personal encounter with the "Blowing in the Wind" hitmaker from the time period, Keef says, "I remember him (Dylan) saying to me, 'I could have written... Satisfaction, Keith, but you couldn't have written Desolation Row.' I said, 'Well, you're right there Bob!''

Richards recently collaborated with a score of international musicians on a remake of his song "Words of Wonder" from his second solo album "Main Offender." Fusing the song with a Keb Mo led version of Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand," the video premiered last month as part of Playing For Change, a movement created to inspire and connect different cultures through music.

The Rolling Stones recently announced an extended 14-city European tour leg, which will kick off May 26 in Oslo, Norway at Telenor Arena and wrap up July 3 at in Demark the Roskilde festival. To see Richard's new video or more tour info see Keith Richards.com or Rolling Stones.com.

Did you know? Keith Richards and fellow drunk Stone Ronnie Wood backed Bob Dylan during a sketchy performance at Live Aid, during which Dylan broke a guitar string.