'Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart’s memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade’ Daily Mail ‘One of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year’ Independent
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 football, 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 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 offstage antics with alcohol, wrecked 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 an estimated 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 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 – 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. 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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Amiably and self-knowingly told... the tone pitched right and the jokes good…He writes articulately about music: where a drummer sits on the beat, or what makes a song bombproof. It's the work of someone who really knows his craft, and loves it. - Guardian
Behind the rock'n'roll persona, vividly portrayed in his new memoir, is a self deprecating man of manners...highly entertaining. - The Sunday Times
Quite the life you've led... the stories in here, I mean, I blushed a little - Graham Norton
It really is a rollercoaster ride...It’s a proper book. It’s not frothy. It’s not candy flossy...It is no holds barred. You wrote it yourself, it’s so obvious. It’s your voice all the way through - Chris Evans
The book is funny, vivid and even, at times, self-critical... - Daily Telegraph
A rollicking rock'nroll story. - The Scotsman
Rod Stewart's fascinating autobiography is a colourful account of an extraordinary life - Hello!
He gives you, rather generously, a guided tour into not only his life but the life of a rock star - Different Scene
What we loved about this book is the feeling that you are having a personal conversation with Rod Stewart … highly recommended! - Hot Brands Cool Places
It’s a brisk romp of a read - The Sunday Times
The tone is droll, surprisingly self-deprecating for such an apparent narcissist, and full of deadpan humour. There are whole chapters here where every page made me laugh out loud, hilarious anecdotes as finely honed as anything in Keith Richards’ Life. - Uncut Magazine
An eminently readable and richly entertaining journey through Rod’s life...with a real sense of fun pervading...a rollicking read - Beat Magazine
Wonderfully written...a page-turner - Pat Kenny
Ridiculously funny and astonishingly candid, Rod Stewart's memoir is the rock autobiography of the decade - Daily Mail
One of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year - Independent
Rod Stewart’s The Autobiography...is bright and funny and candid on the hair, the women, the drugs and the music. More than once Stewart will metaphorically throw his hands up, grin lopsidedly and admit he was someone who stumbled, time and again, upon outrageous good fortune, first with the Faces, then as a solo artist and catch-all celebrity jack the lad. Happily, you'll come out genuinely caring about him again... - Rob Fitzpatrick’s roundup of the year’s best rock books The Sunday Times
Is laugh-out-loud funny….entertaining romp through 50 years of bad behavior - The Daily Telegraph
A well-written traditional rock’n’roll saga. - Seven, The Sunday Telegraph
By far the best read...thanks to the singer’s warm, funny and unpretentious style...easily the rock star you’d most enjoy a drink with down the pub. - The Sun
The perfect balance of braggadocio and self-deprecation...remorselessly entertaining...a deserving winner of 2012’s big beast sweepstakes. - Independent on Sunday
Jaunty and laddish and immensely self-deprecating. - Daily Mail
Rod is emerging triumphant...a funny tale of mayhem. - Daily Star
Excellent, like listening to the guy in the pub who became a rock star but still drinks at the local. You don't sell 200 million records without knowing how to connect with people, and Stewart does that just as well on the page as in his songs. - Spectator
A brilliant romp, as picaresque, candid and funny as you'd hoped. - The Scotsman
Entertaining - Evening Standard
There’s only one essential Rod Stewart purchase this Christmas: his autobiography...hilarious, frank and self-deprecating. - NME
Reliably funny...told not only with wry relish but masterly control. - The Arts Desk
The perfect light read over Christmas...honest and intriguing...it is, in short, something of a revelation. - Bringing up Charlie Blog
A terrific book and a great read..he has lived a life, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, he has the luxury of hindsight and a kind of Rod-ish wisdom…hilarious. - Daily Mail
Rod Stewart was born in 1945 in North London. He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Living Legend, and in 2007 was bestowed the prestigious CBE (Commander of the British Empire). He has garnered an estimated 200 million in album and single sales with hit songs including: ‘Maggie May’, ‘Tonight’s the Night’, ‘Sailing’, ‘Baby Jane’, ‘Hot Legs’, ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’, ‘Young Turks’, ‘Rhythm of My Heart’, ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Mandolin Wind’, ‘You Wear It Well’, and many more.
He lives with his wife, Penny Lancaster, and their children in Beverly Hills, California and Epping, Essex.