Music May 25, 2013
Rolling Stone Keith Richards Gathers $4600 In Library Fines


69-year old Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recently admitted to the Daily Mirror that he failed to return several books he took out of the library when he was a teenager in Dartford, Kent, UK.

With a 15p late fee per book per day, plus 50 years' interest, Richards owes the library about 3,000 British pounds, or $4600 Cdn.

It turns out Keef is a big fan of libraries. He told the Mirror that when he was a young man, the library was "the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence."

Seems like 'thou shalt not keep the library books' was one law he missed.

The Mirror doesn't report what the missing books were, but Richards, celebrating a 50-year anniversary of a different sort with the Stones, won't have to worry about a confrontation with Seinfeld's infamous "Library Cop", Mr. Bookman.

Cath Anley, Kent's Head of Libraries, Registration and Archives, has offered to waive Richards' fees in exchange for a personal visit by the rock legend.

"If he would like to come and visit and help us spread the word about what a great service this is, he would more than compensate us for the books he didn't return," she told the Mirror.

Of course, just paying the fine shouldn't be a problem for a man who is worth an estimated $280 million.

We'll leave you with this classic from Keith himself, from 1969's Let it Bleed:

Via The Daily Mirror


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