A letter than Keith Richards wrote to his aunt where he talks about meeting Mick Jagger for the first time has been discovered. To put things in context, this was written three months before The Rolling Stones played their first gig at the Marquee Club in London. That was 1962. Here’s an excerpt:
Oh but my dear I have been soooo busy since Christmas beside working at school. You know I was keen on Chuck Berry and I thought I was the only fan for miles but one mornin’ on Dartford Stn. (that’s so I don’t have to write a long word like station) I was holding one of Chuck’s records when a guy I knew at primary school 7–11 yrs y’know came up to me. He’s got every record Chuck Berry ever made and all his mates have too, they are all rhythm and blues fans, real R&B I mean (not this Dinah Shore, Brook Benton crap) Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Chuck, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker all the Chicago bluesmen real lowdown stuff, marvelous. Bo Diddley he’s another great. Still I don’t get bored anymore. This Saturday I am going to an all night party. 12 galls of Beer Barrel of Cyder, 3 bottle Whiskey Wine. Her ma and pa gone away for the weekend I’ll twist myself till I drop (I’m glad to say).
Read the rest of the letter, which talks more in-depth about booze at Letters of Note.