What Do Keith Richards and Jay-Z Have in Common?

The New York Public Library has released its calendar of events for Fall 2010 and there are two surprising names on it: Keith Richards and Jay-Z. Both musicians are publishing memoirs and will speak (in separate events) at the NYPL to promote their books.

Jay-Z’s memoir, Decoded, is due November 16th. The book was written several years ago, but he has been reluctant to release it because the parts about his family are personal and painful. Decoded details Jay-Z’s rise from teenage drug dealer to hip-hop star, and, unlike a traditional memoir, includes interviews with his family and friends (the book was co-written by Dream Hampton). According to Amazon, the book comes with a hefty retail price of $40 (although they currently have it marked down to $24).

Keith Richards’ memoir, Life, will hit bookstores on October 26, 2010. While most people are interested in what he has to say about Mick Jagger, I want to know if the rumor that he originally wanted to be a librarian is true. He is quoted as saying, “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.” Life is expected to be one of the biggest books of the fall.

The date for Keith Richard’s event at the NYPL is October 29th and Jay-Z is scheduled for November 15th. Check out the NYPL website for ticket information.

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