“Sure thing, man. I used to be a laboratory myself once.”
- Keith Richards (1943 - ), on being asked to autograph a fan’s school chemistry book.
Robin Williams has commented on Keith Richards:
“I know there's a cure for bio terrorism or whatever it is, and I know it lies within Keith Richards.. He is the only man on the planet who can go ‘Anthrax?’ ”
“We will all be dead and gone, but Keith will still be there with five cockroaches. He'll be going, ‘I smoked your uncle, did ya know that?’ ”
The reference to smoking their uncle comes from Richards admitting that he once smoked his father’s ashes:
“The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared - he didn't give a shit. It went down pretty well. And I'm still alive.”
Following public criticism, he said a few days later that it had been a misunderstanding:
"The complete story is lost in the usual slanting. The truth of the matter is that I planted a sturdy English Oak. I took the ... ashes [and sprinkled them beneath the tree], and he is now growing oak trees and he would love me for it!”
As for the ashes-and-cocaine-snorting story, "I was trying to say how tight Bert and I were — that tight!"
He subsequently denied his denial, admitting that he really had snorted his dad’s ashes, just not with cocaine.
“The cocaine bit was rubbish. I said I chopped him up like cocaine, not with. I pulled the lid off (my father's urn) and out comes a bit of dad on the dining room table. I'm going, 'I can't use the brush and dustpan for this'. What I found out is that ingesting your ancestors is a very respectable way of ... y'know, he went down a treat.”