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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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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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    James Peden 09-25-13
    James Peden 09-25-13

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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.

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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 08-08-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2011

    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 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 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    01-11-13
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    "what hairdo"

    Interesting but slow going, almost all you ever wanted to know about Rod and his career as a singer and his affairs and how easily he fell in and out of love. is it 7 or 8 kids he has? No real surprises here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 11-23-12
    julie mobile, AL, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "Incredible story...Incredible man!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rod to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is a MUST. The narrator was perfect - he definitely captured Rod's personality and at times...I really thought it was Rod telling the story himself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rod?

    Discovering where his songs came from....those moments of his life that were put into music.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    It certainly was NOT a boring narration as some audible books tend to be. His accent, play on words, and his incredible timing made you feel like you were sitting across from him while he was telling the story.


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

    Mod Rod


    Any additional comments?

    This is an AUDIBLE MUST! I recently downloaded another biography of a famous rock and roller, but within a day or two I returned it. It was so dreadfully boring and horribly narrated.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    charmaine WALNUT, CA, US 11-09-12
    charmaine WALNUT, CA, US 11-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I loved it!"
    If you could sum up Rod in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Talented and a Cad


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked his truthfulness and his ability to take accountability for his lifestyle. He treated most of the women in his life like hell and he got it thrown back to him with Rachel Hunter. I thought it was very well thought out and interesting. I loved hearing about his early days in the music industry, his influences and how his love for his family shaped him into the person he is today. I really enjoyed this book!


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    HeyHeather Ocean Park, ME, United States 03-10-13
    HeyHeather Ocean Park, ME, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2009

    I have been reading since before I started school. I am not sitting in front of a book someone is reading it to me!

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    "Oh my gosh!"
    What disappointed you about Rod?

    The story was terribly written.


    Has Rod turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, actually I read a lot of this genre.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He had a great voice, and command of the essence of Rod Stewart.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed with quality of the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Given the material that he had to pull from. He wasted so much time on the drugs and the alcohol. I doubt that I will ever listen to an autobiography of another performer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 02-11-13
    Jean 02-11-13
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    "Good book, bad narration"
    What did you love best about Rod?

    I enjoyed the insights into the origins of Rod Stewart's music and his candor.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    It was a dry and lifeless performance. Rod Stewart is a colorful person and this Simon Vance's narration was completely beige.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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