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Rod: The Autobiography | [Rod Stewart]

Rod: The Autobiography

Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.
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Publisher's Summary

Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back.

Rod started out in the early 1960s playing the clubs on London’s R&B scene before his distinctively raspy voice caught the ear of the iconic front man Long John Baldry, who approached him while he was busking one night on a railway platform. Stints with pioneering acts like the Hoochie Coochie Men, Steampacket, and the Jeff Beck Group soon followed, paving the way into a raucous five years with the Faces, the rock star’s rock band, whose onstage and offstage antics with alcohol, wrecked hotel rooms, partying, and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write "Maggie May", among a few other tunes, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell in excess of 200 million records, be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and play the world’s largest-ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a guy with a frog in his throat.

And then there is his not-so-private life: marriages, divorces, and affairs with some of the world’s most beautiful women - Bond girls, movie stars, and supermodels - a struggle with steroids, and a brush with cancer, in which he almost saw it all slip away.

Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

©2012 Rod Stewart (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Tina 06-28-14
    Tina 06-28-14 Member Since 2013

    I always love a great recommendation. Thank you in advance for my future discoveries based on YOUR reviews.

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    "A life well lived"
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    I was impressed by the Rod Stewart's openness in sharing so much.
    What is more romantic than believing in true love even after separations, divorces, disappointments and moments of insecurity and uncertainty? I really loved every chapter, but my favorite parts were about the closeness he shares with family and friends. Rock on, Rod!

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    Nicola Ferguson North Vancouver, B.C. Canada 05-17-14
    Nicola Ferguson North Vancouver, B.C. Canada 05-17-14 Member Since 2007

    "This teacher says listening to the book is just as good as reading it!"

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    If you could sum up Rod in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, entertaining, fast-paced


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rod is an interesting person with more to him than I'd anticipated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about his relationship with Britt Eckland


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration - Simon Vance nailed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MANDY BLOOMFIELD, IN, United States 01-18-14
    MANDY BLOOMFIELD, IN, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great read!"
    What did you love best about Rod?

    It's Rod Stewart what's not to like. I Loved it all! I'm an even bigger fan now then I was.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rod Stewart because his music is great!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    anything about the songs do ya think I'm sexy and Maggie May. Anything about the 80's.


    Any additional comments?

    wish Rod would have narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fan of M. Twain Vancouver, WA 12-15-13
    Fan of M. Twain Vancouver, WA 12-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story, fantastic narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to Rod the most enjoyable?

    I have been a Rod Stewart fan since the early 70's, the stories of how he and his bands got together and their times together were very enlightening and enjoyable. Rod is honest about his foibles and shortcomings, he has had way too much fun for one person.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Simon Vance is absolutely one of the very best narrators out there, the story of the life and times of Rod Stewart was a perfect match for such a fantastic narrating talent.


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    Jay United States 11-15-13
    Jay United States 11-15-13
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    "Fantastic audio book , I couldn't stop listening !"
    What did you love best about Rod?

    Great honest story telling about a deeply caring musician and man. I have so much respect for Rod as a person and his love of music and family. Funny and entertaining .


    What other book might you compare Rod to and why?

    I only read bio's of musician and artists. Most are lopsided casting the subject the hero and consummate do gooder. I fid those stories,both untrue and quite boring. Rods story was honest, sincere and entertaining . Although it was not read by rod, Simon Vanve sounded just like Rod and it was told so brilliantly you thought Rod was there having a conversation with you telling his life story over a pint.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Rod of course.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book in which the hero captured my hard to capture attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Peden PDX, OR 09-25-13
    James Peden PDX, OR 09-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "One of the best rock bio's ever"
    What other book might you compare Rod to and why?

    Right up there with Keith Richards bio, Life. High praise for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    CAUTION: Do not listen too while driving. I almost ran off the road from laughing too hard. Very enjoyable and enlightening rock n roll bio. Rod is a much better story teller than I ever imagined. Although I really enjoy Simon Vance as a narrator, I didn't think he'd be able to pull this particular read off, but that's not the case at all. And I'm admittedly not the biggest RS fan, so for those two reasons, I gave this book a pass a couple times before finally downloading it. This book was thoroughly enjoyable. Get it, you WILL NOT regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 08-08-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2004

    I love a good book...

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    "Outstanding"

    Among the rock and rollers I have read so far, I enjoyed God's account of his life is a "hair" better...actually much better. Simon Vance once again does a great job creating a believable picture of God's story in the first person.

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    Heidi Topeka, KS, United States 03-29-13
    Heidi Topeka, KS, United States 03-29-13
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    "All hale rod the mod"
    What did you love best about Rod?

    This is a must for any fan of Rods. While not read by him, the narrators voice is in the same range and it is so well done, sometimes you can "hear" rod telling the story! If you are already a fan the book will remind you why you love him. If you just kinda like him, the book will make you like him more. He pulls no punches and is as ready to laugh at or blame himself as anyone could ask. He's jyst an honest bloke who got lucky. LOVED IT


    What other book might you compare Rod to and why?

    Michael caines bio. They both remember where/what they came from, arent ashamed of it and enjoy a good chuckle


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, really liked the delivery, it was like a smoother version of rod speaking


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who do you think you are? Rod Stewart?!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Smith Memphis, TN 02-27-13
    S. Smith Memphis, TN 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Would you listen to Rod again? Why?

    I very much enjoyed this book. I'm not a big follower of all the glitz and glamour of Rod's life - sure I remember stories being told and it always seemed he had another beautiful blonde on his arm, but I never wasted too much time on that tabloid stuff. I'm also not a huge fan of his music. I like it all right and I saw him in concert once (it was a very good show), but he's not in my top 10 artists.
    After listening to this, I have two reactions. Rod is a lot more 'human' than people would have thought. And, I think I need to go back and reacquaint myself with his older music - his first solo stuff as well as the work with The Faces.
    There's a lot more depth and more soul to him than I would have thought from the headlines. He's got that dry British humor (or is it Scottish?). He's somewhat self-deprecating and a bit humble. He also seems to realize that he's lucky to have had the career and life and doesn't take much for granted now.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I actually picked this book in part because Simon Vance was the narrator. I had just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest and I really enjoy listening to him narrate. So, I searched Audible for other books he's read and decided on this one. Mr. Vance does a great job and, again, I find myself enjoying his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Rod's dry humor and self-deprecation made me laugh a number of times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third "celebrity" autobiography I've listened to - Tiny Fey and Rob Lowe being the other two. I've really enjoyed all three. Rod's and Rob's were interesting because both of them have spent a fair amount of time in the tabloid headlines and I always find it interesting to hear their sides - to get the actual story behind those headlines.

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    Sheila OJAI, CA, United States 01-23-13
    Sheila OJAI, CA, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kept Me Enthralled!"

    Though fairly new to the medium of audio books, I can't imagine reading this, lugging the heavy book around.

    I found the story so delightful, both in his honesty to reveal his foibles and his willingness to share his life with candor and humor.

    I highly recommend it, even if you don't know his neighborhoods. I do know LA and lived above the Sunset Strip during many of his earlier years. It was like revisiting the neighborhood, only with people I'd not met, but would have liked to.

    I'm only sorry I didn't save the book for my vacation.

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