Et tu, Times of London? Starting an article about librarianship with an oh-so-predictable “SHHH!”? For shame.
Nevertheless, perhaps reporter John Harlow can be forgiven his crime since he brings us this news:
Keith Richards, the grizzled veteran of rock’n’roll excess, has confessed to a secret longing: to be a librarian. After decades spent partying in a haze of alcohol and drugs, Richards will tell in his forthcoming autobiography that he has been quietly nurturing his inner bookworm.
He has even considered “professional training” to manage thousands of books at his homes in Sussex and Connecticut […] The guitarist started to arrange the volumes, including rare histories of early American rock music and the second world war, by the librarian’s standard Dewey Decimal classification system but gave up on that as “too much hassle.”
Well, yes; as my wife can attest, managing information requires training, the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. Unfortunate this is, that incomplete was his training; not ready for the burden was he. Yoda could have told him that. But he gets points for trying.
And more points for this little plug:
He has declared: “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.”
Might be a great quote for public libraries everywhere to use, as they fight (yet again) to avoid severe funding cuts this year.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at Keith’s revelation; now that I think of it, it was foreshadowed pretty clearly by his role in Pirates of the Caribbean 3. What else was Captain Teague, Keeper of the Pirate Code, but the most bad-ass librarian ever?