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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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Very entertaining

Would you consider the audio edition of Rod to be better than the print version?

yes

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

Made me laugh a few times

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this Autobiography. I listened in as I was going about my day. It would have been better if Rod himself was narating, but I got used to Simon after a while. Its a great insight to what was going on in those early days.

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Funny and entertaining

This book had me laughing from start to finish. It was very funny, amusing, entertaining, and did I happen to mention, FUNNY! Between the well written book to the marvelous narration, a true winner of a book. Although I would have surely enjoyed reading it, the narration added so much more to the story. Well done, in which our hero amused his entire audience. Cheers Rod.

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slow start, but quite enjoyable once you get into

I will admit, I had heard that the book was quite enjoyable. I wasn't sure at what point of his career he had started the book.....it starts with him at. a very young age. it takes a slow start and awhile to get into it......but I quite enjoyed his life

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Great book

I love how humble Rod Stewart is. I found the book to be honest, funny , and endearing.

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Lucky Talented Bast@rd

He comes across as the Rod you've known all these years- glib, mildly shallow, and overprivileged- and you end up somehow loving him for it anyway. Like you are pulling for him. I guess it's his balance of unapologetic wringing out every drop of life's fortunes one can, and also realizing that it is just that- fortune. And a superb voice. Go Rod! You are now officially forgiven for "Sexy."

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Splendid read, isn't it, darling?

I read a snippet of this book when it was featured in rolling stone several years ago and made a mental note to get to it one day. I'm a neural rod Stewart fan but quite a literary beast of rock star biographies. This had a splendid mix of classy English debauchery, cups o' tea and anal cocaine all saturated in a very gracious UK overtone. Simon Vance does a wonderful job narrating with his uplifted English brogue, stellar emphatic delivery and dramatic pauses. I now find myself quite the rod Stewart fan. Well worth a listen- and put the kettle on, will you darling?

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Closer to Rod

I love that this story lets us be closer to Rod! His ups and downs, when he's good and when he's just a dick... He admits it! Sometimes I cried and other times I laughed out loud! Simon Vance does a wonderful job with Rods story! Thanks for sharing this with all your fans, Rod!

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Rod's Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Rod to be better than the print version?

I never made it all the way through the print version. I wanted to know his story, so I purchased the audio version and listened to the entire book mostly while driving. <br/>

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Of course, it would have been great hearing the story in Rod's voice, but overall Simon Vance did a great job telling the story.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the purchase

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  • George
  • San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • 06-15-15

This Autobiography is equal to Maggie Mae in quality and Entertainment.

Rod Stewart is a mega star who never lost his blue collar perspective from which he came. His humor and frankness made this a very enjoyable listen.

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Funny and real wit and wisdom.

Great real stories. Some you would expect with wit and charm, and others that may surprise you with how much Rod shaped popular music. He does not say this, but every chapter gives you a "oh yah" when you remember decades of songs that were with you for the last 40 plus years. Well done mr Stewart.