Keith Richards on the cover of his 2015 solo album
Keith Richards on the cover of his 2015 solo album.

‘He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow’

That’s what Keith Richards told British music magazine NME (April, 2007).

“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” Richrads said.

“My dad wouldn’t have cared, he couldn’t give a shit.

“It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

The tabloid press soon had a field day with the story and outrage ensued.

Richards pissed on the fire a few weeks later by claiming he had just made it up.

There’s also a long-held belief that in 1973 Keith Richards had a complete blood transfusion > involving an embalming process > during drug addiction treatment in Switzerland to prepare for a Stones tour.

Richards many years later denied this, saying he just made it up as he was approached by the press at London airport.