Keith Richards on Going Solo, and Why It Made Him Appreciate Mick Jagger

In 1986, the future of the Rolling Stones was uncertain. Instead of hitting the road for the band’s new album Dirty Work, Mick Jagger went out as a solo act. So Keith Richards did something he’d always resisted: He started a new band. The guitarist gathered a group of friends he called the X-Pensive Winos and holed up in a Quebec studio to cut Talk Is Cheap, which mixed Memphis soul, reggae and early rock.

“I wasn’t under the pressure of the Stones,” he says. “It was a lot looser.
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