The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that. Rod started out in the early 1960s, playing alongside acts like The Rolling Stones, before his distinctively raspy voice and natural onstage presence caught the eye of the iconic guitarist, Jeff Beck.
An often-interesting two year stint with Beck’s group paved the way into the angst-inducing (for the world's hoteliers) five years with the Faces, whose offstage antics with alcohol, hotel rooms, and groupies have become the stuff of legend. And during all this, he found a spare moment to write "Maggie May", among a few others, and launch a solo career that has seen him sell in excess of 200 million records, be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, and play the world’s largest ever concert. Not bad, as he says, for a bloke 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 steroid dependency, and a brush with cancer which very nearly saw it all slip away. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here, thrillingly and for the first time, he tells the whole thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. Joyously entertaining and at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable story of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.
©2012 Rod Stewart (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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Brilliant book, really enjoyed Rods life story. The highs and lows of his life. Narrated well
"Great if you are a fan, interesting if you are not"
Bare bones of the a very lucky man who has been there, done that and now reflecting on what he has left
At an age where Rods music was around far before I was, it made for extremely interesting reading about the Rock and roll culture of the 60s and 70s. Also, searingly honest even to his detriment. Recommended
"The music lives."
Rod Stewart's life, loves and mistakes are here. He presents himself as surprised but pleased by his own success. A great book, which I will read again, and one that I would definitely recommend especially to Rod's fans.
Really interesting book can't wait for the next one be nice to hear more about the children xx
"Totally unexpected - I actually like this man!!!"
I found that much as I hadn't wanted to like him I actually liked him!!!
It was refreshingly honest.
Yes there was: I firmly believe that when Rod Stewart became a father again, at some advanced age, that I was genuinely concerned for the little mite.
The only comment I can give was to say is if you don't like him prepare to find lots in common with him and who knows you may surprise yourself.
"Well done Rod simply fantastic lad."
Rod & Jack Nicolson.
Yes when Mary called about the death of his Dad.
The new Album is fantastic too.
"A forthright book, yet showing a likeable humility"
Well written and paced
Expressive narration, which holds your interest
A forthright book, showing surprising humility from Rod. Worth a listen.
"interesting and honest"
if you like autobiographies then read this - interesting account of development from childhood, to singing, stardom and onwards
early life well handled
"Very honest autobiography"
I liked the honesty of the book and the fact that he was a gentleman throughout. Despite being a self confessed womaniser, he never criticised the women.
The fact that Penny's grand-father was knocked over at 95. So sad.
His reading is very clear and easy to listen to.
I would have preferred to her Rod reading his own book, but got used to the fact it was not him after a while.
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