Keith richards guitar solo

If rock’n’roll could be turned into flesh and made to walk the earth, it would look and sound a lot like Keith Richards. It’s not the skull ring, the elegantly wasted appearance or the chemically-enchanced bloodstream that does it – although that all helps – but the fact that he has an unerring knack of hoovering up pretty much all of the greatest guitar riffs ever written. In the current Christmas double issue of NME, the man himself tells us exclusively about The Rolling Stones’ triumphant 50th anniversary shows, his plans for the New Year and reveals which of his many, many riffs is his favourite. But what are the candidates? On the day he turns 69, cheating death improbably for another year, here’s a dozen of my own personal selections. Believe me, it’s only the beginning.

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