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#TriviaTuesday - Whose grandfather "played" a role his grandson's stardom?


Thanks to a man named Gus, the rock ‘n’ roll world has savored the guitar mastery of singer/guitarist Keith Richards ever since he first performed with rock kings, The Rolling Stones, in the early 1960s.

Today Richards celebrates his 75th birthday.

As if being guitarist for one of the world’s most famous and respected rock bands isn’t enough, Richards is also adept with the written word.

In 2014 he published a children’s picture book titled “Gus & me : the Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar” in which he paid tribute to the man who taught him to play guitar -- his grandfather, musician Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree.


The work was a true family affair. Not only did Richards recount his grandfather’s strong musical influence, he also procured the talents of his daughter, Theodora, named after her great-grandfather, to illustrate the touching true story.

It was a perfect way to celebrate the gift of a grandfather to his grandson and ultimately to Richards’s millions of fans around the world.

Thank you, Gus.

* Information on “Gus & Me” from:

The Hachette Book Group website:

Wikipedia: “Gus & Me.”

“Gus & Me” is available for checkout at MidPointe Library.

Many works of and about the Rolling Stones are available to library cardholders onsite and online at MidPointe Library:

and through Hoopla, available at: