This Culture Show special looks at the life of the man with five strings and nine lives: the linchpin of the Rolling Stones. In an intimate interview with the man himself, the programme focuses on Richards's early life and the decade that catapulted The Rolling Stones from back-room blues boys to one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in the world. Richards talks candidly to Andrew Graham-Dixon in New York about his childhood in Dartford and the music that would change his life forever. The most enigmatic of the Rolling Stones talks about the drugs, decadence and life as the 'yin' to Mick Jagger's 'yang'. However, as with everything in Richards's life, the music stays centre stage. Featuring contributions from friends and musicians who were alongside him as he survived a life of decadence and excesses during the 1960s and 1970s.