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A BIT OF HISTORY: Keith Richards’ sleepless records

“Adrenaline is the most amazing thing we have,” Richards told an interviewer in 1992. Indeed, his ability to go without sleep is almost beyond belief. He recorded “Before They Make Me Run,” from 1978’s Some Girls, in a five-day studio binge (“One engineer would flop under the desk and have a kip, and I’d put the other one in and keep going,” he wrote in ‘Life’). But his actual record is almost twice that long: “Nine days without a wink,” he bragged. “I fell asleep standing up, eventually … I was just putting another cassette back on the shelf, and I was feeling great, and I turned ’round and fell asleep. I fell against the edge of the speaker. Woke up in a pool of blood, wondering, ‘Is that claret?'”

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