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Keith Richards to Release Autobiography this Fall

Stones guitarist Keith Richards said he plans to release his autobiography this October.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, with the help of journalist Nick Kent, has been working on his autobiography since 2007, and NME.com reports that the book is due for release sometime in October.

“I’m waiting for some proofs to come back,” the 67-year-old Richards said. “It’s kind of weird writing about your own life. Who’d be interested in that?

“But then I realize there is a lot of interest, so . . . Talking to some of the people that were there and their version of events to try and correlate it all was very interesting, a kind of kaleidoscopic bunch of experiences.”

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‘Exile On Main Street’ to be Re-Released in May

According to a New York Times report, Universal Music plans to re-release The Rolling Stones’ 1972 double album, Exile On Main Street, in the United States on May 17 (or May 18, according to other reports).

The re-release will include all 18 tracks from the original album, plus new songs with titles such as “Plundered My Soul,” “Following The River,” “Pass The Wine” and “Dancing In The Light.” In addition, alternate versions of original Exile numbers like “Loving Cup” and “Soul Survivor” will be featured on the new album.

The Exile On Main Street super-deluxe edition will also come with a new 30-minute documentary DVD, “Stones in Exile,” and the NYT reports that the supplementary film will include footage from the never-released “Cocksucker Blues,” which followed the S.T.P. (Stones Touring Party) on a cross-country excursion in ’72 and captured a good chunk of debauchery and decadence by Richards and Co.

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Richards, Wood Face Sobriety Together

After decades of drinking, Ronnie Wood (left) and Keith Richards are helping each other try to quit.

Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are said to be providing each other “plenty of moral support” after both decided to give up alcohol.

Richards, 66, says that he is abstaining from the bottle but refuses to stop smoking cigarettes. Wood, 62, had just been divorced by his longtime wife, Jo, when he was arrested for assault on 21-year-old girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova late last year.

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It Was 40 Years Ago Today: The Rolling Stones Play at Altamont

(L to R) Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Mick Jagger look on as a member of the Hell's Angels patrols the stage at Altamont Speedway.

One of the darkest days in rock history was Saturday, Dec. 6, 1969, when The Rolling Stones played to a mixed crowd of hippies and Hell’s Angels at Altamont Speedway in Northern California, and naturally it was not a good mix.

The free concert was supposed to be the West Coast’s version of Woodstock, but by show’s end there were four deaths, including that of Meredith Hunter, an 18-year-old black man who was fatally stabbed by a member of the Angels after pulling a gun from his pocket.

The murder was caught on tape in Gimme Shelter, the landmark film by David and Albert Maysles documenting the Stones’ ’69 tour across America, and it only furthured the group’s image as rough and demonic outlaws.

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It Was 40 Years Ago Today: ‘Let It Bleed’ Released

The first Rolling Stones album to feature Mick Taylor on guitar, Let It Bleed was released on Friday, Nov. 28, 1969.

Ranked at No. 32 on Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Let It Bleed is unique in that contributions from both Taylor and the late Brian Jones can be heard, the latter most notably playing slide guitar on Keith’s “You Got The Silver.”

Leading off with “Gimme Shelter” (No. 38 on the RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time) and ending with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (No. 100), the album slows briefly for Mick’s drawn-out vocals on “Love In Vain” and the twangy “Country Honk” before launching into three straight iconic classics from this period – “Live With Me,” “Let It Bleed” and “Midnight Rambler.”

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UK Police Reopen Investigation into Death of Brian Jones

According to The New York Times, British police have reopened the investigation into the 1969 death of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.

More than 40 years after Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool, Sussex Police are re-examining the case after receiving “new information” from an investigative journalist, Reuters reports.

The coroner’s report at the time cited Jones’s a “death by misadventure,” though recent books ( “The Murder of Brian Jones” and “Who Killed Christopher Robin?” ) and films (Stoned) have raised questions about alternative possibilities.

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It Was 40 Years Ago Today: Stones Unveil New Lineup at Hyde Park

The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, 1969: (L to R) Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman.

Two days after Brian Jones’s death, The Rolling Stones (and Marianne Faithful) paid tribute to him with a free concert on Saturday, July 5, 1969, at Hyde Park in London.

Mick Taylor, the pre-determined replacement for Jones, played for the first time with new bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in front of 250,ooo at Hyde Park.

The set list included earlier Rolling Stones singles (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction” and “I’m Free”) along with new numbers which featured Taylor’s guitar work more prominently (“Honky Tonk Women,” “Love In Vain” and “Midnight Rambler.”)

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