London: Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones almost imploded because Mick Jagger thought he was "bigger than the Stones".
The pair`s stormy relationship is described in Richards` memoir "Life," published next week.
Richards told the BBC on Sunday that during the 1980s, Jagger took control of the band and would not relinquish it. He said Jagger`s behavior "started at first to annoy me and then slowly enraged me."
But he said the pair are still friends, half a century after they bonded over a love of American blues music. He said that "nobody has the perfect marriage" but they had healed the wounds of the past.
The 66-year-old guitarist also said heroin and other drugs had helped him cope with fame. He said that "fame is probably a bigger killer than drugs in my game."