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"Like any good memoirist, Wood is shamelessly honest."—The New York Times

"Wood's wildly entertaining book is peopled with virtually every major British and American rocker since the early '60s."—Rush and Malloy, New York Daily News

"Wood is a classic classic rocker, and his story has just that kind of 'behind the music' arc."—The Associated Press

"Features candid tales about Wood's long career in rock 'n' roll...and his own drug, alcohol, and financial problems. 'It's been an adventure for me, ' Wood said."-U.P.I.

"Forthright and revealing...plenty for fans to chew on."-VNU Entertainment News Wire

About the Author

Ronnie Wood has been a member of the Rolling Stones for over thirty years. His other bands include The Birds, The Creation, The Jeff Beck Group, The Small Faces, and The Faces. He’s married to Jo Wood, is a globally renowned artist and lives in Surrey, England and Ireland.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312366523
  • ASIN: B001LNOOFW
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interesting stories that are well told, funny & insightful.
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This is a great book and fun to read.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. Chasin on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an avid fan of Ronnie Wood's music-- with the Stones, the Faces, those early great Rod Stewart records (I still see them as Stewart/Wood records), solo, sitting in with rock's royalty-- I dove into this book with much relish (and a little mustard). Sure, I knew there'd be debauchery (the story of Woody showing up for his romantic liaison at future wife Jo's Paris hotel with Keith in tow is priceless, and if you're just browsing over a latte at Barnes & Noble, its on page 153). This guy is, I think it is safe to say, THE Good Time Charlie of rock'n'roll.

But for all the star cameos from the ranks of Britrock (e.g. all the Beatles) and American roots rock, blues and R'n'B (Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis), there just wasn't enough musical grit for me. Not word one, for example, about any of those Stewart records. I was hoping to read about the creative process by which so much of my favorite music was birthed-- inspirations in the studio, how he got such-and-such a guitar sound, what take was that "Lost Paraguayos" solo... stuff like that. You get a little of it, but I wanted a whole lot more. I mean, and I can't stress this enough, I love the guy. But the reason his autobiography merits a read is because of the music he's made (sorry Woody, but you have to die before your painting rates.) I wanted more of a musician's eye view.

That said, as a fan I found that the insight into his formative years shines some light on the life that resulted, and on the music. Notably, he grew up with older brothers who drew him into both art and music, and those relationships clearly shaped his musical persona; whether Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, or Keith Richards, his most enduring work always seems to come as Robin to someone's Batman.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stone on November 7, 2007
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to read about his early days, playing with Faces, his solo albums, and with the Rolling Stones. Wood actually sheds more light on the George Harrison/Patti Boyd/Eric Clapton love triangle than Clapton does in his own autobiography.

A relevant companion-book to this would be ALL THE RAGE, the autobiography by fellow Faces bandmate Ian MacLagen.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Mendel on October 26, 2007
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This is a great book and fun to read. No wonder everyone from jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, all of the Rolling Stones and many more wanted to hang out as friends and play with this man. It comes across in this book. There' also a lot of history on the early days how all the early groups in England got there start and Ronnie was there. Most of all no matter what anyone thinks of the life of a rocker his family comes across as the most important thing in his life. This is a very good book and worth the buy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As Ronnie Wood says himself, he is the "new boy" of the Rolling Stones -- meaning he's only been a member for more than thirty years.

But he certainly isn't lacking interesting stories. In fact, "Ronnie: The Autobiography" is crammed with good-natured recountings of the wild world of rock'n'roll's golden age. Wood has a mellow, nostalgic style, loaded down with plenty of humour and artwork.

Wood was born to a quirky family of water gypsies, won attention as a child for his artwork, and when he was grown, immersed himself in the rising tide of rock'n'roll. He performed with Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, and nearly became part of Led Zeppelin -- and after the Faces broke up, he was asked to join the Rolling Stones as a replacement for Mick Taylor.

And that was only the beginning -- Wood became part of a tight-knit, well-oiled machine of friends and colleagues, who were soaked in drugs, sex and classic rock'n'roll. He recounts weddings, funerals, divorce, births, drug arrests in Arkansas, exploding septic tanks, cocaine, Monty Python, and lots and lots of music-making...

Reading "Ronnie: the Authobiography" is a little like sitting down with a grizzled rock veteran, having a beer, and listening to him reminisce about his wilder days. Wood seems to have had a relatively stable life compared to his bandmates Jaggger and Richards, but by no means a boring one -- it gets more interesting as soon as he joins up.

As well as art and music, Wood has a knack for words -- he has a pleasant, conversational style, and he puts in all kinds of shriekingly funny stories (and unnerving ones, like Keith chasing him with a knife) in an arch, deadpan manner.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gbear on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book mostly because I wanted to read stories about Ron's days with The Faces. I saw them play many times and they were one of my favorite live bands back in the late 70's.

I'm sure that Ron Wood's story is interesting and compelling on many levels, but this book is a waste. Disorganized doesn't begin to cover how haphazardly this book is assembled. It doesn't work as history, it doesn't work as adventure, and it barely works as biography. It works best as an exercise in cluelessness, as Ron doesn't seem to have any idea how screwed up he sounds. One minute he's writing about how spectacularly broke he is, then within two sentences he's talking about flying off for a tropical vacation somewhere. Supposedly earthshattering events in his life are covered in one sentence (the deaths of loved ones is used to justify more drugs and booze). Having to take his wife to the hospital when she went into labor is literally an interruption to his partying. His chapter about drug treatment reveals no insight at all. We learn little about Stone's tours other than that each one was the best ever. Ron, your own words make you sound incredibly stupid. A train wreck from start to finish.
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