Keith Richards' escapades have gotten him into plenty of trouble, but on Tuesday they got him a prize.

Richards won the Mailer Prize -- named for the late writer Norman Mailer -- for Distinguished Biography for Life, which delves into the Rolling Stones guitarist's past and present.

This is one for the books, if you get my drift, you hacks, he told the ceremony crowd, The Associated Press reported.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton introduced Richards and said his own late mother-in-law was a Stones fan.

Do you have any idea what it's like to have a 92-year-old groupie living in your home, a woman who lived and breathed for the Rolling Stones? Clinton said, The AP reported.

The biography has generated positive buzz throughout book-lover Web sites. It has 3.79 stars out of five on the Web site GoodReads.com and a four out of five-star average on the Barnes & Noble Web site.

Also honored that night were Elie Wiesel for Lifetime Achievement and writer Gay Talese for Distinguished Journalism.