When it comes to people you'd never want telling autobiographical bedtime stories to your kids, Keith Richards ranks somewhere between Tom Sizemore and David Hasselhoff. Nevertheless, he's somehow managed to ink a deal to publish his new children's picture book.
The 70-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist is planning to release "Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar" through the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers imprint. Told through illustrations by his daughter Theodora, the book will focus on Richards' childhood and his relationship with his jazz-guitarist grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree (nicknamed "Gus").
Obviously, Richards isn't nearly as famous for his writing as he is for being the hardest livin' member of the Rolling Stones (and that's saying something, considering Brian Jones was once in the band). Even still, it's worth noting that Richards has previously released a memoir titled "Life" in 2010 (a New York Times bestseller), and, as he stated himself, he's got more than enough life experience to tell a decent children's story.
"I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," said Richards. "The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me."
"Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar" is due in bookstores on Sept. 9.