Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316320658
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 157,286
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Keith Richards is a musician, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the rock band the Rolling Stones. Widely considered one of the best guitarists in the world, he has a collection of over 350 guitars. His memoir, Life, received unanimous critical acclaim and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Mr. Richards has five children and five grandchildren.

Theodora Dupree Richards, named after her great-grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree, is an artist and a daughter of Keith Richards and Patti Hansen. To research the images for this project, she traveled to the Richards family home in Dartford, England, and consulted family and historical photographs of her father's childhood era. This is her first book.

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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who'd have thought that the wildman who gave us When the Whip Comes Down and Let’s Spend the Night Together could also tell such a gentle, evocative tale? Keith Richards writes about his grandfather Gus — a bandleader whose house was filled with “instruments and cake” — and the meandering walks they’d take together through the streets of London and its outskirts. Stones fans will love Gus & Me because it reveals how young Keef developed his love for music. But even if the book wasn’t about Richards (and even if the playful illustrations hadn’t been drawn by his daughter and even if the accompanying CD didn’t feature Keith reading the story! in the perfect bedtime voice), it’s simply a wonderful book for children, a book about the lasting gift that a grandfather gave to his grandson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A charming nostalgic little book a great read for any child
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book when Keith Richards was being interviewed on T.V. when it was first released. I loved the multi-generational aspect of the entire project and bought two copies, one for our 6 year old grandson who is part of a very musically oriented family and is taking piano lessons right now and will likely move on to other instruments, and one for our son-in-law who plans on teaching guitar to his yet-to-be-born baby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are Keith Richards fan, this is truly a must purchase! For me, growing up in Dartford, Kent at the time the Rolling Stones were beginng their journey, this book is also part of my history and has become a favorite of my granddaughter, she loves the story but most of all the illustrations. Thanks Gus for pointing Keith in the right direction all those years ago!!
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Sheila28 More than 1 year ago
Who knew Keith Richards could write? And a touching and cute book it is for anyone interested in playing the guitar and learning how his grandpa steered him in that direction. The CD goes along with it for the child who is too young to read. A keepsake book, in my opinion.