Sunday, April 17, 2011

Keith Richards

The last thing I think the [UK government] expected when they hit us with super-super tax is that we'd say, fine, we'll leave.  We'll be another one not paying tax to you.  They just didn't factor that in.  It made us bigger than ever, and it produced "Exile on Main St.," which was maybe the best thing we did. . . . We didn't know if we would make it, but if we didn't try, what would we do?  Sit in England and they'd give us a penny out of every pound we earned? . . . And so we upped and went to France.
[From Keith Richards' autobiography, Life.  Over the past 20 years, with the help of some very smart tax lawyers, the Rolling Stones have paid just 1.6% on their earnings of 242 million pounds.  Sic semper tyrannis!]

Keith Richards and his son Marlon in France

No comments:

Post a Comment