Keith Richards owes library £3,000 for overdue books

May 22, 2013

Rolling Stones guitarist and pirate of the Caribbean Keith Richards probably hasn’t pushed his bony pelvis through the Dartford Central Library’s turnstile in decades, but, in a recent interview to plug the Stones’ post-post-post-post-re-farewell tour “50 and Counting,” the 69-year-old admitted to owing his hometown bibliotheca an “astronomical” amount in late fees from books he forgot to return “about 50 years ago.”

The wizard mathematicians at the Mirror calculated that, at 15 pounds a day with interest, Richards probably owes the library somewhere in the neighborhood of £3,000 (approximately $4,526). “For fines going back 50 years it’s going to be tough to work out exactly how much is owed,” one Dartford librarian commented. “We’d have to check the archives. Usually the biggest fines we issue are around £100.” Richards’ estimated worth is somewhere north of $165 million.

Of course, the buried lead here is that Richards has actually been inside a library. Apparently, he spent a fair amount of time there in his teenage years. “To me it was a place where you get a hint there was somewhere called civilization,” he said. “It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in.”

The photo above was taken at the New York Public Library in 2010 during Richards’ promotional tour for his autobiography. He wasn’t actually reading.

source: Mirror UK

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