Growing up, I remember my grandfather telling me every year that Keith Richards had been decided upon as the celebrity most likely to die that year. Don't know if this was an actual list (who would compile that one?), but I did pay attention whenever I heard Richards' name in the media. Always hoping he was alive.
My grandfather neither liked or disliked the Stones but was fascinated by Richards. Like the iconic guitarist, Buddy (as I called him, as in "you are not my grandfather, you are my buddy") was unique, a rule breaker, but not defiant so much as outside the norms. He was a masterful craftsman and the best storyteller I have ever known. And he loved to read, especially history.
So this week when this story about Richards popped up in my aggregator, I just laughed. Turns out Richards is a voracious reader too - history. And has considered getting training as a librarian in order to better organize his collection. Has also received some monstrously large advance for his autobiography due out this year. Most likely won't read it but may have to sneak a peek while in a book store. Just in case I catch sight of Buddy again via Richards. And just because someone who defines their own path without regard to convention always interests me. And because of this Richards quote:
“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.”