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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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    katrina goleta, CA, United States 01-18-13
    katrina goleta, CA, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Rod in three words, what would they be?

    Rod seems to be a good writer, this i enjoyed, but by the end i was getting tired of hearing how many times he fell in love and all his ex-wives. I think Rod himself should of read done the reading, this might of made a big difference. Simon Vance did a good job, but i believe hearing Rods voice might of made a difference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eugenia Sacramento, CA, United States 01-11-13
    Eugenia Sacramento, CA, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    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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    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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    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 United States 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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