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Gus & me : the story of my granddad and my first guitar
Richards, Keith, 1943- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD ((7:45) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Tells the story of the young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, affectionately known as "Gus."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 169062.
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Hamburg Library ML3930.R43 A3 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Central Library ML3930.R43 A3 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Audio CD
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Audubon Library ML3930.R43 A3 2014 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Clearfield Library ML3930.R43 A3 2014 Juvenile Fiction Media Kits
Crane Branch Library ML3930.R43 A3 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
East Aurora Library ML3930.R43 A3 2014 Juvenile Fiction Media Kits
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Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as "Gus," who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith's daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards's exquisite pen-and-ink collages. This unique autobiographical picture book honors the special bond between a grandfather and grandson and celebrates the artistic talents of the Richards family through the generations. It also includes selected photographs from the Richards family collection and an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus content.

Author Notes

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, songwriter, and founding member of the rock band the Rolling Stones ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the "10th greatest guitarist of all time." Richards was born in Kent, England. He first met Mick Jagger as his neighbor until 1954 when the family moved. Years later he met Jagger on the train and rekindled their friendship. They began singing in a small band together, "Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys." Richards has sung lead, or co-lead on most Rolling Stones songs. He is said to own over 3000 guitars. In addition to singing, Richards also produces records for other musicians.

Richards's autobiography, Life, was released October 26, 2010. He also collaborated with his artist daughter, Theodora, on the autobiographical children's book Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Having already conquered the best-seller charts with his memoir, Life (2010) the music charts he conquered eons ago Rolling Stones axeman Richards pairs with daughter Theodora for a recollection of the moment he fell in love with instruments. This is a quiet tale that begins with Mr. Richards' grandfather Gus, an all-around musical sort who took young Keith on many a long, wandering walk around London. It was a chance stop at an instrument shop that proved fateful. There, in the book's most unique and effective scene, Keith observes the factory: My eyes followed a line of guitars / that snaked around the room on a conveyor belt. / And in the middle of everything, / big, bubbling buckets of glue went / blub blub blub. Like Gus, this wistful tale wanders, but the closing biographical note (and parents' own voiced enthusiasms about the author) should help drive home the story's central theme: the potential big impact of life's chance encounters. With its fine-lined doodles atop large washes, Ms. Richards' pastel illustrations have a whimsical, sophisticated quality that gives the book an appropriately European feel. This rocks, though the effect is more like being rocked in a grandparent's arms. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Richards has already proved he can move books, and the sheer curiosity of seeing what the hard-living rocker wishes to impart to young ones should drive sales.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Yes, it's a celebrity book-a very good one. Writing in an intimate, easygoing voice that blends the boyish with the avuncular, rock legend Richards pays tribute to his grandfather and role model, Theodore Augustus Dupree, a veteran musician who lived in a house "filled with instruments and cake." Gus is a mite footloose-he evades chores and once took young Keith on a ramble that ended so far from home that they had to spend the night under a tree. But he also introduces his grandson to the magic of a musical instrument workshop ("Men tested the guitar strings dinka-plink dinka plink.... And right then, right there, I fell in love with instruments"), bestows his prize guitar on Keith, and sets a high bar for musicianship (hearing Keith playing the complex instrumental "Malaguena," Gus remarks, "I think you're getting the hang of it"). Theodora Richards, Keith's daughter of Richards, contributes fluid, inked sketches and other freestyle graphic elements that exude love and spontaneity. The accompanying CD proves Richards is as adept at telling bedtime stories as he is performing on stage. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has penned a poignant picture book depicting his close relationship with his grandfather Gus. The author is keenly aware that his musical accomplishments will mean little to the book's target audience and focuses entirely on his childhood, rather than on his later career. Back matter gives readers some basics on his life, including the charmingly humble statement "Keith later began playing in a band with a group of friends, including Mick Jagger. They called themselves the Rolling Stones." He relates his experiences spending time with Gus, who took the boy on walks and gave him his first guitar, which started a lifelong passion for music. There's little of the hilariously snarky Keith that adult readers will know from his autobiography, Life (Little, Brown, 2011); written in free verse, the text is tender, though never cloying, and both the author's love for music and his grandfather come through. Loose black-and-white pen-and-ink illustrations, done by Keith's daughter, affectionately depict the title characters, as well as the various objects in their orbit (musical instruments, Big Ben, tea kettles, a double-decker bus), while backgrounds provide rich washes of purples, blues, yellows, and green, emphasizing the beauty and the sense of magic of the music. A gentle story celebrating the importance of family.- Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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