It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone

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by Jo Wood
     
 

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In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in

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In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in between.

From teenage model to hard-partying rock 'n' roll devotee, through motherhood, marriage, breakdown, and the challenge of starting over again, Jo Wood has had a roller-coaster ride of a life. At the age of sixteen, Jo burst onto the British modeling scene and became a fixture at London's most glamorous parties. A few years later, just twenty-two years old and a single mom, she met Ronnie Wood and her life changed forever.

Holding nothing back, Jo paints an astonishing picture of the sex, drugs, booze, groupies, and—above all—the fun that filled her thirty years as a member of the Stones' inner circle. Telling never-before-heard stories about what life on the road with the Stones was really like, she offers intimate portraits of the band's legendary cast of characters, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jerry Hall, and Patti Hansen. She recalls the excitement of getting to know international A-list celebrities like Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Johnny Depp, and Slash.

Jo also opens up about her family life with Ronnie: their passionate love affair, the demands of being a mother by day and a wild child by night, and eventually coping with Ronnie's increasingly difficult behavior as his addictions consumed him. For the first time, she reveals her heartbreaking account of what happened when Ronnie left her for an eighteen-year-old waitress, explaining how she was able to forgive, live without bitterness or regret, and find new happiness as an entrepreneur and organic beauty expert.

Including never-before-seen photographs from Jo's personal collection, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll is a compelling piece of rock 'n' roll history from a woman with a backstage pass and front-row seat. Enchanting, candid, and moving, this page-turning fairy tale of fame and fortune has the best of the era's many euphoric and reckless moments within its pages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Memoirs written by rock stars' former spouses usually have an axe to grind or want to cash in on somebody else's fame. However, Jo Wood, who spent three decades as the girlfriend and then wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, actually treats "the unbelievably sexy" man with "little beady eyes, a big nose and no mouth" more than fairly here. A British model at 15, the former Josephine Karslake was a 22-year-old single mother when she met Wood, who introduced himself at a party by showing her the cover of the Stones' 1976 album, Black and Blue. An extravagant partier, she offers candid details of sex and drugs, but not much rock'n'roll. Jo's dream life eventually fell apart, first from a misdiagnosis of Crohn's disease and later when Ronnie began dating an 18-year-old, which led to his divorce from Jo in 2009. Stories about Keith Richards bring comic relief, and the final chapters detail the 58-year-old's forays into television and the organic-products business—though by then, her overuse of the term "adored" and constant referencing of the Stones as "the boys", along with her eager writing style, grow tiresome. Still, it's an interesting alternate view of the Stones legacy. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Long-suffering rock-'n'-roll wife spills the dirt on life inside the world's longest-running musical circus. When Pamela Des Barres, the world's most famous groupie, published her tell-some biography I'm With The Band in 1987, it opened the floodgates on a spate of titillating autobiographies from the likes of Bebe Buell, Pattie Boyd and Angela Bowie. The problem--in this case, the world of the Rolling Stones--is that plying these kinds of name-droppers against serious tomes like Stanley Booth's fantastic The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones (1985) or even Keith Richards' superb autobiography Life (2010) can be more than revealing about their true intent. This time, we hear from former model and entrepreneur Jo Wood, who recounts 30-odd years as the girlfriend and subsequent wife of Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. Wood keeps it light for the first half of the book, describing the enormity of the Stones in their heyday and the gossamer madness of living inside the world's biggest band. Sure, there are a few groaners: "It's no wonder that sex and rock 'n' roll go together like Jack Daniel's and coke." But her descriptions of the drug abuse she both suffered and enabled are startling graphic--e.g., the moment the author describes seeing the sun shining through Ronnie's deviated septum. The guitarist, unsurprisingly, comes off as a grade-A narcissist who cheated on his wife with a bevy of beauties that included Kelly LeBrock and Ekaterina Ivanova. As the author began to build success with her own organic products, she made a breakthrough decades in the making: "In Ronnie's eyes, I think there was room for just one star in the family--and that was Ronnie Wood." There are a few gems here for Stones completists, but Wood's story lacks the pathos of similar autobiographies like Marianne Faithfull's. Yet another point of view on the long saga of the Stones, this memoir reads like it has an agenda to tick off.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062280619
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
344,470
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jo Wood toured the world for thirty years with the Rolling Stones as the girlfriend and then wife of guitarist Ronnie Wood. She is a model, fashion icon, and beauty entrepreneur, who combines glamour and a healthy organic lifestyle. Jo has four children—Jamie, Jesse, Leah, and Tyrone—and seven grandchildren—Charlie, Leo, Kobi, Arthur, Lola, Maggie, and Rex. The family has resided in both New York and Los Angeles and now lives in London.

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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
CathiMD More than 1 year ago
Captivating and interesting look at The Stones from an ex wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember how idiotic Ron looked when he was dating the girl 10 years younger than his daughter. Friends mocked me for being a Stones fan. Ron made the band look like their Rolling Bones nickname next to the teenager. How gross to have sex with the discusting old guy. Ron always was a super ugly looking guy now I know he is a revolting person. Thank your lucky stars you're rid of him Jo. You even look more beautiful since your split with Ron. Another thing Ron, you aren't half the guitar player Brian Jones was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish Jo all the best in life! What a "ride" she had being with Ron Wood from the Rolling Stones for many years! Great read!
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Very good book i highly recommand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, interesting. Couldn't wait to read it every night!
donnfo More than 1 year ago
From the longtime wife of Ron Wood. Old-fashioned as she gave up her life for her man. Only one side of the story, of course.
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PMich More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. A good read for any stones fan.
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After reading this my view of Ronnie Wood went down about ten notches of him as a person. Blaming his actions on booze only goes so far. Plus, everyone knows that he can't hold a candle to Mick Taylor as a guitar player or even as a person for that matter. Good for you Jo, may your life be filled with happiness without that wart on your ass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of a waste of time, unless that's what you need to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carriws her drink with her next door then!
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