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Keith Richards Enjoys New Reputation

His autobiography has changed the way people see him

The Stones guitarist tells GQ that the book has stopped people from seeing him as a drunk.

He tells GQ magazine, "It's weird. It changed, because of the book mainly. There's always going to be 'Keef' - you know, the one that closed down the liquor stores because he threatened to dry out. And, in a way, I've always felt honoured by turning into a sort of cartoon...

"And, yeah, that is part of me. Old Keef. You know. The drug one.

"But since the book came out there's 'Actually he can talk... He's read a book or two.' I don't particularly care whether people know that or not. But it's a nice counterbalance to 'Keef.' Presidents speak to me now."

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