Keith Richards On Groupies, Mick Jagger And Curing Himself Of Hep C

04/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GQ has a lengthy Q&A with Keith Richards. Richards talks about groupies, boozing, drugs, and more. The interviewer went to Richards' SoHo office for the chat, which started more than an hour late and was preceded by Richards' assistant making him a drink:

"I need to prepare something for Mr. Richards."

She opened the freezer, cracked some ice cubes into one of those red plastic Solo cups, and filled it to the brim with Ketel One.

Richards also reveals, partway through, that he has a 5-inch knife inside the waistband of his pants, which helps keep them up as he's been losing weight. He talks about groupies:

We're guys who've not really taken advantage of what we could have. Or what we could have done. It's always been that it's just too obvious. [laughs] I mean, the odd groupie here and there. Which we actually used to look upon as, uh, gas stations.... "Uh, we're in Cincinnati, so...we need to fill 'er up a little." And the other thing about groupies, it wasn't just boinky-boinky. They used to take care of you. They used to rub Vicks on your chest if you had a cold. Sometimes you'd never do anything. Sometimes they were just...nasty. [laughs] Get my drift? [laughs]...I don't miss them.

He talked about his and Mick Jagger's common love interests:

Didn't Mick screw around with Anita?
Possibly yes. Probably during the making of that movie [Performance]... Anita and I, it was never like we were ever married. And, uh, you don't try and ride a bitch like that, baby, without thinking that they're not gonna--you know. Had it. Been there. It's a load of crap, you know? I mean, I've done Mick's chicks, too.

How many chicks do you think you guys have in common?
After Marianne [Faithfull], it's a stable. [laughs]

More than five?
No. I don't want to mention other bitches' names, because I've stolen quite a few off of him and, uh, he's nudged his way into my lot, but not significantly. After the Anita thing, I made a point of stealing every bitch he had. [laughs]

He even cured himself of Hepatitis C:

You should sell your body on eBay.
Yeah, I think so. Apparently, I do have an incredible immune system. I had hepatitis C and cured it by myself.


Just by being me.

He also shuns eating cheese, using Botox, and talks about the joy of grandkids. Read the whole thing.

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