Keith Richards Was So Wild Even Before The Rolling Stones He Got Expelled From Boy Scouts

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You don’t have to be a hardcore rock-and-roller to know who The Rolling Stones are. The legendary Stones rocked and rolled their way through the ’60s and ’70s to become one of the most successful rock groups of all time, even rivaling The Beatles. Even decades later, their catchy hits like “Brown Sugar” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” are some of the most recognizable songs in music history.

In comparison with The Beatles’ clean-cut image (in their early days), The Rolling Stones were always known for their wild antics and “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” lifestyle. This image was perhaps led most of all by Keith Richards, the Stones’ guitarist, who constantly made headlines for his wild partying ways. One might think that becoming a rock god was what turned Richards onto this lifestyle, but it turns out that he was wild and crazy long before he and Mick Jagger ever formed The Rolling Stones.

Keith Richards | Michael Putland/Getty ImagesKeith Richards’ wild ways have gotten him into trouble

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Ever since he entered the public eye back in the ’60s, Richards has always been known as a hard partier. It seems like a fun lifestyle from the outside, but Richards’ habits and battles with drug addiction have actually gotten him into quite a bit of serious trouble over the years.

One of the first time Richards was busted by cops for his drug use was in 1966 at his grand Sussex estate, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. He and Stones vocalist Mick Jagger were tripping on acid when the police showed up to raid the place for illegal substances. Both Richards and Jagger were arrested and faced short prison sentences, but luckily for them, the sentences were eventually thrown out.

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Richards (along with his bandmates) had a string of other brushes with the law through the ’60s and ’70s, but perhaps none were as egregious as his arrest in Canada in 1977 when police found heroin in his hotel room. Since he was in Canada, he was charged with the possession of heroin with the purpose of trafficking, which carries a very

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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