Keith Richards Wins Distinguished Memoir Prize

Bill Clinton introduces Mailer Prize-winning Rolling Stone
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 3:14 AM CST
"The only serious stuff I'm interested in I've given up," Richards said as he accepted the prize.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – In a scene that would have made a lot of people in the '60s think they were tripping, Keith Richards stood before a highbrow crowd at a Manhattan hotel last night to accept the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography. The Rolling Stones guitarist joked, chuckled, and swore as he accepted the award for his million-selling memoir, Life, AP reports. "This is one for the books, if you get my drift—you hacks," he quipped.

Bill Clinton introduced Richards, describing him as a "good guy" and "my friend," and noting that his mother-in-law, Dorothy Rodham—who died last week—was a huge Stones fan. "Do you have any idea what it's like to have a 92-year-old groupie living in your home, a woman who lived and breathed for the Rolling Stones?" he asked.

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