17/12/2013 12:50 GMT | Updated 18/12/2013 05:03 GMT

Keith Richards Turns 70: We Celebrate With 70 Pics Of Him And The Rolling Stones

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Keith Richards, the legend that is the Rolling Stones' guitarist, turns 70 on Wednesday.

After 50 years with the band, he remains for many the true holder of the Stones' flame, and he and the band go into his next decade on a huge high after a whirlwind year that saw them headline Glastonbury festival for the first time ever.

The iconic band, who in 2013 also earned more than $126m (£77m) playing to 326,998 people on their 50th anniversary tour, continue to surprise fans and earn new ones, and they've Keith - in huge part - to thank for that, with his style, his riffs, and his enduringly uncompromising attitude...

"I've never had problems with drugs, I've had problems with the police."

HuffPostUK blogger and self-professed marathon Stoner Clive Crump tells us, "Keith Richards' 70th birthday is a cause for celebration because, against all the odds, he is still alive.

Moreover, he remains unbowed, unapologetic & unmistakably the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll icon."

Check out Keith and the boys through the years, in 70 pictures below:

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