Richard Lloyd’s place in rock history was established before he was thirty years old, but his adventures continued. He made a series of fine solo albums and worked as a side-man and session musician. He married and raised a son. He explored spiritual and philosophical disciplines with a scholar’s attention. He worked in an office. He was a guitar teacher. He made background music for TV shows. He is the rare rock legend who has also lived for years as a civilian. He has always had a writer’s sensibility – the gift for standing slightly outside himself and observing. Combine that with a photographic memory and an almost penitential honesty and you have the makings of a great memoir.
Richard Lloyd is a man who, when told by Keith Richards’ mother that his band would never be as great as her son’s group, agreed with her and told her why: “At the end of the day, Keith and I are organ grinders, and Keith has the best monkey.”