Brit Music: Gus and Me – Keith Richards writes a Children’s book

Gus and Me.  Cover by Theodora Richards. Image source: Little, Brown.

Gus and Me.
Cover by Theodora Richards.
Image source: Little, Brown.

Many famous musicians have tried their hand at writing kids’ picture books. Of course, that said, most of the ones I’ve come across, from Paul Simon’s  At The Zoo, Puff the Magic Dragon, Ringo Starr’s recently-released Octopus’ Garden, or Leonard Cohen’s book of Dance Me To The End of Love (illustrated by Henri Matisse!) take the approach of taking a suitably kid-friendly song and adding whimsical  illustrations. But, given the raunchy and drug-soaked nature of the Rolling Stones’ music (plus the fact that he’d have to share credit with Mick), it’s understandable that Keith Richards took a different approach: autobiography. Fortunately for young readers, the story seems to take place long before he got into drugs.

The book,  Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar will be released on September 9 by Little, Brown Books, the same people who publish J.D. Salinger’s books. He will collaborate with Barbaby Harris and Bill Shapiro  in the writing, and his daughter  Theordora is illustrating the book.

The book is about the story of Richard’s grandfather Theodore Augustus  “Gus”  Dupree, former big band leader, and the inspiration for both Theodora’s name and Keith’s guitar playing. Keith previously told his story in his autobiography, Life, but, apparently inspired by his becoming a grandfather in February, he was inspired to write this book. Quoth Keef: “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.”

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones will release a children’s with his daughter, Theodora, later this year.The guitarist will release Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar on September 9 after signing a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Richards’ artist daughter Theordora has illustrated the picture book, which was co-written with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro.

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar is inspired by Richards’ grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree (known as Gus), who was in a jazz big band and provided inspiration for Theodora Richards’ name. Richards first wrote about his grandfather in his best-selling autobiography Life.

Speaking about the book, Richards’ said in a statement: “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.”

Richards became grandfather to a baby boy after his daughter Angela Richards gave birth to Otto Reed earlier this year (February 6).
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