How Keith Richards got to the Barbarella Party: History and Facts
The Rolling Stones began their musical careers in the 1960s, led by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts. They burst onto the British and American music scenes at the same time as The Beatlesbut with a contrasting image. While the Beatles were the "good guys" (at least in public), the Rollers seemed like rude and rebellious rebels! As their first manager Andrew Lugh Oldham once said:
"While the Beatles were setting records and bridging the generational gap, the Stones were saying either you like us or go to hell!"
And it was hard to argue with this statement, because that is how the rock'n'roll band had always positioned itself. Nevertheless, the Rolling Stones had an incredible tenacity in pop culture that could be envied by any band. What can we say if in the 21st century the Rolling Stones are still collecting huge stadiums?
Each band member created their own unique cultural image. And if Charlie Watts is the bright bluesman at heart, and Mick Jagger is the inveterate ladies' man, we can't help but remember him. Keith Richards became kind of the baddest guy in the company. It's no secret that the Rolling Stones led a stereotypical rock 'n' roll lifestyle of heavy drug use. Their survival through all that chaos is legendary in itself! Richards also survived electrocution on stage and accidental poisoning due to his use, which prompted the accompanying meme that he would live forever, no matter how many substances he had taken in the past. He probably has stories to tell about all that use for life...
A whimsical party on the set of Barbarella
One story has to do with the cast of the film "Barbarella.". True to his insane reputation for partying, Keith Richards once threw an interesting party right on the set of a film in 1967! Not without help, though... At the time, Richards was dating Anita Pallenbergwho starred in the film with Jane Fonda. Richards missed Pallenberg, and Tom Keylock, Rolling's road manager, was tired of Richards' moody mood and frequent phone calls. He suggested that the two of them visit a movie set in Rome.
Upon arrival, the Foundation invited everyone to an after-party. Keylock told Richards that he would cook "Oroshka cake" for party people. As you can imagine, the cake had a surprise (i.e., substances instead of "okra"). Richards told him that no one felt any effect from the cake, but it didn't take long for things to change. Lead actor. John Phillip Lowe for a few days felt the effects of the party and the treats in particular.
"Everyone was in open space," Keylock said.
The deception Richards went to for the sake of the party
To Tom Keylock literally had to go to fraud to get Keith Richards to Rome from the United Kingdom. In 1967, the Rolling Stones were on thin ice with British law enforcement because of substance possession and a scandalous reputation. And because of a previous arrest, Richards not allowed to leave the country.
But weary of Keith's heartache, Keylock was not confused. He called Richards' lawyer and told him that the director of Barbarella wanted Richards to helped with the music to the movie. As a result, the court agreed to let Richards leave, but only if Keylock would accompany him and bring him back in time for the court date. The plan worked, which today seems almost unrealistic!
In conclusion: Keith Richards becomes a teetotaler
The wild antics of Keith Richards during his youth are legendary, and one story is more beautiful than another. The moment when he shot his own favorite guitaronly because he was very angry that Ronnie Wood had taken her in.
Despite his reputation and seemingly fully formed lifestyle, Richards stopped using certain heavy substances in 1978. He finally gave up heavy substances in 2006 and quit drinking in 2018. After quitting smoking around 2020, Richards said he now has more stamina when he performs. This has certainly pleased Rolling Stones fans, who have enjoyed seeing the band live for almost 60 years.