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Fix yourself a great e-trip with Keith Richards, an iPad and Google maps.

10/25/2010 12:36 am 00:36:13 | Updated May 25, 2011

2010-10-25-iPadKR.jpg By the time you read this, Keith Richards' book, "Life", will be available from Apple's iBooks store. While I could only pre-order the book and read the first 40 pages, I enjoyed one of the best reading experiences in my life on my iPad.

Right after an action- (and substances-) packed opening scene in Arkansas, during a 1973 US tour, KR goes back to his childhood days in the early 50's in Dartford, Kent, one block away from a certain Mick Jagger. Dartford? Kent? A quick switch to Maps on the iPad reveals a small town, to the east of London, not far from a place called Gravesend, which Richards recalls "They didn't call it Gravesend for nothing..." 2010-10-25-DartfordMap500.png

Back to iBooks: KR remembers his family having received a flat from the town council over a grocery shop on Chastilian road. "-still there", he mentions. "The greengrocer is now a florist called Darling Buds of Kent". Back to Google Maps, zooming in: Chastilian road is there, right next to Denver street where Jagger lived. 2010-10-25-ChastillianRoadAndDenverRoad.png

I switch to "street view" and look for the florist by driving virtually up the street. Here it is, at number 27 on the right. 2010-10-25-ChastillianRoad.jpg

Turn and zoom in on the storefront: it is indeed now called the Darling Buds of Kent. 2010-10-25-DarlingBudsOfkent2.jpg And the flat on top of it is where young KR lived from '49 to '52. 2010-10-25-DarlingBudsOfkent.jpg

Is it not amazing to experience the genuine life memories of one of my musical heroes?
Right there, while reading his book.

I need to show this to my kids, who only read technical or business books.

e-Books are fabulous as they allow you to go beyond the printed page. Mr Bidzos, make sure you don't limit the Kindle to just reproducing inked words on a white page.
Can't wait until I can get the rest of "Life" downloaded to my iPad...
I'll be actively looking for other places, music, and videos as I read.