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
He's so funny!!! I had no idea. He doesn't take himself too seriously, but he knows what's important. He owned up to his mistakes and the lessons learned it life. It was refreshing.
Too many to list. It was a little slow at the beginning but once it got going it was one great story after another. I think the "feuds" with Elton John were hysterical.
character, funny, charming
My big little 'ol life
Simon Vance did a great job, but I would have loved to hear Rod read it.
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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!
The ultimate multi-tasking is to read a book while driving
Funny, entertaining, fast-paced
Rod is an interesting person with more to him than I'd anticipated.
Hearing about his relationship with Britt Eckland
It made me laugh
Great narration - Simon Vance nailed it!
It's Rod Stewart what's not to like. I Loved it all! I'm an even bigger fan now then I was.
Rod Stewart because his music is great!
anything about the songs do ya think I'm sexy and Maggie May. Anything about the 80's.
wish Rod would have narrated.
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.
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.
Right up there with Keith Richards bio, Life. High praise for sure.
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.
I love a good book...
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.
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
Michael caines bio. They both remember where/what they came from, arent ashamed of it and enjoy a good chuckle
No, really liked the delivery, it was like a smoother version of rod speaking
Who do you think you are? Rod Stewart?!
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.
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.
Rod's dry humor and self-deprecation made me laugh a number of times.
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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