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Child s book for rocker Richards
Keith Richards. Picture: Reuters

Not content with writing a bestselling autobiography, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plans to release his first children's book in September.

Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar harks back to the rocker's childhood when his grandfather, Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree, a big-band musician, introduced him to the instrument that would define his life.

"I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," Richards said.

"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, 70, widely regarded as one of rock'n'roll's finest guitarists, made his literary mark when Life - a revealing expose of the Stones' wild side - was published in 2011 and raced up the bestseller lists.

Contributing illustrations for Gus and Me is Richards' daughter Theodora Richards, a 28-year-old artist and model who was once arrested in New York for putting graffiti on a convent wall.

Richards will head to Perth next week when the Stones take to the Perth Arena stage on March 19.

The West Australian

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