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Keith Richards to write childrens' book

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones   performs at du Arena, Yas Island on February 21, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is writing a children's picture book, with his artist daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. The book is entitled, "Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar," and will be published as a hardback and as an ebook later in 2014.

Richards' grandfather, jazz musician Theodore Augustus Depree, is the man who introduced the young Keith to music.

"The special bond between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me."

Richards told the press that having become a grandfather for the fifth time shows that he knows what he's talking about.

Little Brown's Megan Tingley, told the press, "Who wouldn't welcome the opportunity to meet Keith Richards as a young boy? 'Gus and Me' invites readers to be in the room at the electrifying moment that Keith holds a guitar in his hands for the first time."

Daughter, Theodora, said of the venture, "To be able to explore my father's relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I've learnt during this whole process have just been life affirming."

This is not the guitarist's first publishing venture. In 2010, he released his biography, "Life." It sold over two million copies around the world.

In the book, Richards writes about how strange it is to completely lose one's privacy and how weird it is to be mythologized by so many fans.

He wrote, "I can't untie the threads of how much I played up the part that was written for me. I mean, the skull ring and the broken tooth and the kohl. Is it half and half? I think in a way your persona, your image, as it used to be known, is like a ball and chain. People think I'm still a goddamn junkie. It's 30 years since I gave up the dope! Image is like a long shadow. Even when the sun goes down, you can see it."

Still, the most important factor ends up being the playing.

As Richards explains it, "There's a certain moment when you realize that you've actually just left the planet for a bit and that nobody can touch you. You're elevated because you're with a bunch of guys that want to do the same thing as you. And when it works, baby, you've got wings."

Many musicians know that moment of brilliant flight when you feel that you and your band mates have been inside the magic.

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