High on Life

3rd October 2007

Oddest quote I came across while researching an essay for a fatherhood anthology:

“‘The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,’ Keith Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.

‘He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared,’ he said. ‘… It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.'”

23 thoughts on “High on Life

  1. Shelley

    Isn’t that the weirdest thing? He did come back later and say it was a joke, but I’m betting it was only because of his publicist’s insistence.

    Not hard to imagine the dude doing, though, eh?

  2. Christy

    Keith later came out and said that he was having a laugh during that interview and had no idea it would be picked up and published world-wide. He denies that he actually every snorted dear old dad. But, with Mr. Richards, how does one really ever know?

  3. Laura

    Lol, he said he didn’t know that an INTERVIEW would be published? Nice try. I’m betting he was serious and claimed he was just joking after his publicist told him he’d better be just joking. Much the same as Faith Hill was just joking in her infamous “WHAT?@!@” exclamation when Carrie Underwood won that Grammy Award.

  4. Bree

    I don’t really see anything wrong with that. I mean, it might be weird if a normal person did it, but this is Keith Richards we’re talking about. And, someone sent a card into Post Secret about a month ago saying that they ate a bit of of their dead baby’s ashes. People grieve in their own ways.

  5. Amy

    Bree, I thought the same thing when I read this, about the postsecret card! Also, I once knew a woman who said when she died, she wanted her ashes to be sprinkled on a tomato plant. And after the tomatoes ripen, her relatives and friends should get together and have a happy celebration and enjoy the tomatoes. (I guess on a salad or something?)

  6. Lara

    i remember hearing about that and being torn over whether i thought it was a perfect tribute or really disturbing. i still haven’t quite decided…

  7. aimee/greeblemonkey

    You hadn’t heard that? I thought that was the quote that rang ’round the world. If it was anyone other than Keith Richards I would yack till my insides were on the outside. But, since it was him, I was like “effin a dude!”

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