Business WireKeith Richards‘ autobiographical children’s book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, will hit stores this Tuesday. In the 32-page book, which was illustrated by the Rolling Stones guitarist’s 29-year-old daughter Theodora, Keith recounts how his beloved grandfather helped inspire his own passion for playing music.

“I’ve always wanted to pay homage to Gus,” Richards tells People. “He set me on my way.” The 70-year-old rock legend’s grandfather gave him his very first guitar when he was about 9 years old.

Richards reveals that it was his publishers who suggested he write a children’s book, which happened at a time when his fifth grandchild was about to be born.

“It seemed appropriate with the two things coinciding,” explains Richards. He, in turn, then asked Theodora to create illustrations for the project, even though she’d never drawn professionally. “I had to keep it in the family,” says Keith.

Theodora, meanwhile, recalls, “We were at dinner and dad was like, ‘I have a surprise for you.’ I read the first few lines and realized he was asking me to do the book. I’ve always loved to draw, but I’ve never put it out there.”

Keith’s daughter says her father always has been a good storyteller, and tells People that he used to delight her and her younger sister Alexandra by making up different tales to go along with a picture book of kittens that they had.

“Every night it would be different, and I would say, ‘The cat did not say that yesterday,'” shares Theodora. “But he would come up with these witty one-liners that would send me and Alexandra into tizzies.” She adds that Keith’s grandchildren also are crazy about him.

For his part, Richards says he’s “growing into” being a grandparent. “When [the grandkids] are angsty with their parents, I’m their safe haven,” he maintains. “Grandparents can do great things with the kids, and since I’m one, I’m here to raise the profile of grandfathers.”

Gus & Me will be available as a hardcover book, an electronic book and an audio book. The hardback version will come packaged with a CD featuring bonus audio content.

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