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'Keith Richards: Under Review'
(Keith Richards / DVD / NR / 2007 / Chrome Dreams)

Overview: He's the baddest of them all, the man with at least nine lives and the most Rock N Roll performer since the dawn of time and we love him for all of it. This DVD features a 2 hour documentary film which details the life and career of the one man who made it all seem possible.

DVD Verdict: Keith Richards, one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, has had a long and storied career. Considered by Rolling Stone magazine to be one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, Richards is known for his innovative rhythm lead styling. He has created signature lead-ins to classic songs such as "Satisfaction," "Honky-Tonk Women," and "Brown Sugar" that gave him the nickname, "The Human Riff."

'Keith Richards: Under Review' is the latest of the under review series that focuses on this remarkable talent. It begins with a brief introduction about Richards and then moves into the early days when he met up with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The documentary talks about the early formation of the Stones and how they were influenced by the likes of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. It also talks about the differences between the styles of Richards and that of Brian Jones.

With Richards taking so much control of the music, Brian Jones was feeling less and less needed in the band and compensated by learning a lot of different instruments. This led to some of their more exotic music such as Paint it Black. Jones also began using more drugs and alcohol, which fueled his moods.

When Richards ran off with Jones' girl friend, Anita Pallenberg, it was the final straw in their relationship. Richards comment on the subject was,"...hell, shit happens." On June 8, 1969 Jones was fired from the Stones because he could not get a U.S. working permit as a result of his drug arrests. On July 3, 1969 Jones was found motionless at the bottom of his pool; the cause, "death by misadventure."

By 1972, Richards' drug life became more out in the open and had him on the run. It was during this time that he gained his reputation as the bad boy of rock and roll. Everyone thought he was heading for a fall, but they would soon find out this cat had nine lives. By the early 1980's, Richard began delving into some solo work. It was at this time that he recorded the Chuck Berry song "Run Rudolph, Run." This also led to him working with Bo Diddley and eventually Tom Waites.

Richards then took on the project of creating a tribute to Chuck Berry by doing the film Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll. Berry was known to be impossible to work with and would always blame the band for mistakes on stage even when it was Berry doing something like changing keys in the middle of the song. There is a film clip where Berry goes over to Richards while playing on stage and tells him to change the key of the song they were playing and you can see Richards giving Berry an emphatic no. Berry just laughs.

The film finishes up with the Stones induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the some discussion about Richards appearing in the third Pirates of the Caribbean film as Jack Sparrow's father. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

'When Kris Met Keith' - Kris Needs Reminisces About His Personal Encounters
The Hardest Keith Richards Interactive Quiz In The world ... Ever!
Full Contributor Biographies
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