Keith Richards wasn't known to hide his drug use, but a new tell-all reportedly reveals just how casual he could be about it.
In "It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll: 30 Years Married To A Rolling Stone," Ronnie Wood's ex-wife Jo Wood writes about meeting Richards for the first time in a Paris hotel room in 1977:
“Keith reached into his bag and took out a silver spoon, a bottle of pills and a lighter," she wrote (per Radar Online). "In a matter of seconds, he’d crushed some of the pills with a bit of water, cooked them up, then filled a syringe and stabbed it straight through his shirt. A moment’s pause — then he looked up at me with a radiant smile. ‘Hello, my dear. I’ve heard so much about you!’ ”
CNC published an excerpt of the book, previously titled "Hey Jo" in its U.K. release, in March. The author, who divorced from Wood in 2009, dished on other pharmaceutical matters concerning the band. "The 1981 Tattoo You tour of the States had been particularly insane. Fuelled by coke and a virtual pharmacy of pills, we’d stayed up for days at a time, drinking and joking and having such a laugh."
Later, she wrote, Mick Jagger insisted that the band be more professional on its 1989 tour and hired Jo as Ronnie Wood's personal assistant. "'...You have to do your job properly,’ said Mick, pointedly. ‘No being late with the packing.’"
One of the notable memoirs about the Stones came from Richards himself in 2010. In his well-received "Life," he wrote about the never-die perception of him. "People think I’m still a goddamn junkie. It’s 30 years since I gave up the dope! Image is like a long shadow. Even when the sun goes down, you can see it.”