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The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer for the trailblazing rock and roll bands The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, and as a solo artist, the author of such beloved ...
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Overview

The extraordinary life and career of music legend Rod Stewart, in his own words for the first time.
 
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting, and passionate live performances Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful music careers of all time. He was the charismatic lead singer for the trailblazing rock and roll bands The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, and as a solo artist, the author of such beloved songs as ‘Maggie May’, ‘Tonight’s the Night’, ‘Hot Legs’, ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’, ‘Young Turks’, ‘Forever Young’, and ‘You Wear It Well’.  Now after more than five decades in the spotlight, he is finally ready to take a candid and romping look back at his life both on and off the stage. From his humble British roots to his hell-raising years on tour with his bandmates, not forgetting his great loves (including three marriages and eight children) and decades touring the world, Rod delivers a riveting ride through one of rock's most remarkable lives.
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His fans have waited decades for the autobiography of this free-spirited North London boy. It doesn't disappoint: Stewart writes candidly about both his long onstage career (including his controversial stint with the Jeff Beck Group) and his equally eventful personal life, including three marriages and numerous other liaisons.

The New York Times
In a season full of books by or about aging rockers, [Stewart's] memoir turns out to be the most fun…[his] antics have earned him a richly deserved Jack the Lad reputation. But that doesn't mean they're rich enough to support a good book. It's his storytelling style, which mixes wild boastfulness with barely credible self-deprecation, that proves so winning, if only because he is so willing to embarrass himself.
—Janet Maslin
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In which Roderick David Stewart, aka Rod the Mod, bares all--not least the secrets of spiky hair. If Keith Richards is the dangerous old man of rock 'n' roll, Rod Stewart is the standards-crooning nice old geezer. Even in his down-and-dirty days--for example, snorting mounds of cocaine with pal Elton John--he was a nice guy, unless, perhaps, you were married to him. This memoir sails from one mostly amiable anecdote to another, quickly revealing an odd factoid: Like recent memoirist Neil Young, Stewart is a model-train fanatic ("In December 2010, I reached a major career milestone. I appeared on the cover of Model Railroader magazine for the second time. Getting on the front of Rolling Stone had nothing on this"). Unlike Young, Stewart is no motor geek. He admits to liking to drive cool cars without feeling the need to know anything about them, instead reserving his major store of passion for models (female, not railroads) and soccer. Stewart charts his rise from unwashed beatnik poet to lead singer with the Faces, a position fraught with politics and intrigue. He is surprisingly modest about the three great solo albums that marked his work in the early 1970s, though he does reveal the secret of how "Maggie May" came to be written, and he is nicely cheeky about his decline later in the decade ("I may have lost the thread a couple of times in that period"). Even so, he professes to being somewhat mystified by his being named the enemy of all things punk in the '70s, since the likes of the Sex Pistols worshiped the Faces. He pulls off a nice and not too heavy-handed bit of comeuppance, though, even while compounding his enemy status with the runaway commercial success of his four albums of grandpa-era standards, which is perhaps forgivable in a man approaching 70. A likable, mostly generous and well-written look back at the days of bedding starlets and destroying hotels.
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“Funny, self-deprecating and a whole lot less boastful than he could be, Mr. Stewart offers a string of Grade-A rock ‘n’ roll debauchery stories and…makes them charming.” The New York Times 

“The best news about Stewart’s autobiography is that it revives the rollicking humor and self-deprecating personality of his early career. It takes the jolly perspective of a guy who knows he’s one of the world’s luckiest men, and the result proves infectious.”  –New York Daily News
 
“In an action-packed memoir, Stewart explains how he survived the excesses of Seventies rock stardom…full of bad behavior and enough ex-wives to fill an entire soccer side.” —Rolling Stone

“A he-said romp through a five-decade music career that spawned a string of enduring pop classics…[Stewart is] an entertaining storyteller who admits that at age 67 he still spends time on that bottle-blond, high-maintenance hair. We love him for that.” –The Tampa Bay Times
 
“Unsurprisingly, Rod Stewart has a few stories to tell…The singer tells them in a charming, often humble and self-deprecating, and always entertaining fashion throughout Rod, his autobiography….A moving read.” –The Buffalo News

“…a life that seems to be one endless romp from hit song to hot date, with a few stylish Italian sports cars and expensive pieces of Pre-Raphaelite art thrown in for good measure. Blondes (Have More Fun), indeed.” USA Today

"The most outrageous—and wittiest—rock autobiography of the decade." –The Daily Mail

 “Amiably and self-knowingly told… the tone [is] pitched right and the jokes good." –The Guardian
 
"Forget your Salman Rushdie.  Put down your JK Rowling.  Tomorrow sees the publication of one of the most entertaining, revealing, captivating books of the year— the autobiography of Rod Stewart.  Truly." The Independent online

“Anyone who wants to be a rock and roll superstar should read this…crazy stories.” –Jimmy Fallon
 
“A likable, mostly generous and well-written look back at the days of bedding starlets and destroying hotels.” –Kirkus

“Looking at the fall release schedule and seeing memoirs slated from Pete Townshend and Neil Young, who would have tipped Rod Stewart as being the rock graybeard most likely to produce the best book? But he did. Rod: The Autobiography (Crown) is a warm, roguish reminiscence. More playful than Townshend's at times ponderous Who I Am and far more insightful than Young's numbing Waging Heavy Peace, Stewart's memoir has much of the joyful, big-hearted raffishness of the singer's classic early '70s recordings. (It's more "Mandolin Wind" than "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" — or anything else of his from the last 35 years or so.) The book is a fun, rollicking read.” —Spin.com

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Quiet as it's kept, the early '70s were not the dark ages of rock'n'roll. They were its economic heyday. Pop music is too big to shrivel up artistically overnight, and with the record business booming more confidently than it ever would again, the magic of venture capital was juicing durable artists of enormous potential and profitability. Think Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, all creating music of substance as they embarked on long career paths about whose quiddities we are free to quibble, and all flowering between 1970 and 1975, before punk and disco rendered them pass? without tempting them to find another line of work. In Rod: The Autobiography and Eminent Hipsters, early-'70s arrivals Rod Stewart and Donald Fagen bear witness to their own artistic choices and the career opportunities that ensued in what no one will be surprised to learn are very different books. Credited to Stewart alone, Rod is a straight-down-the-middle celebrity memoir presumably put on paper by the only person name- checked in its 97-word acknowledgments section, "wonderful editor and confidant" Giles Smith of the London Times. Written entirely by the auteur himself, Fagen's slim Eminent Hipsters is memoiristic only in passing. Its first 85 pages sequence 10 previously published critical essays to trace a rough chronology of a "rotten little bookworm's" early life: Boswell Sisters, Henry Mancini, science fiction, Jean Shepherd, '60s jazz clubs, jazz DJ Mort Fega, Ennio Morricone, Ray Charles, Ike Turner, four years at Bard. Although only the Charles and the Morricone flop totally, these pieces tend slighter than I'd hoped from a very bright guy who can write, and I didn't look forward to the 2012 tour diary with which Viking lards them into a book. But that diary proved an exceptionally sharp and entertaining inside overview of life on the road.

Stewart predated Fagen by a few years. A Scottish plumber's son born in London in 1945, he was singing for his keep before he was 20, hit the States fronting the Jeff Beck Group in 1968 (at an enthusiastically received Fillmore show where I booed his every overstated white-blues affectation), released his first solo album in 1969, and was propelled into stardom in 1971 by a long, chorusless reflection on May-October romance called "Maggie May." A Jewish accountant's son born in 1948, Fagen is an escapee from the Jersey suburbs who hooked up with his equally jazz-obsessed partner, Walter Becker, at Bard. After college the two worked as contract songwriters and then as backup musicians for the biracial Jay and the Americans (who came back briefly in 1969 with a Drifters remake after going Top 40 five times in 1965). Shortly thereafter, they named a band for William Burroughs's favorite dildo and began Steely Dan's unlikely chart run with "Do It Again," a devilishly catchy 1973 hit about self-destructive obsession.

I know it's hard for those who weren't there to understand, but both Stewart and Fagen were counted art heroes in an era when prog, boogie, country-rock, and singer-songwriter mawk were vying for next big thing status. Stewart's Every Picture Tells a Story and Steely Dan's Can't Buy a Thrill and Pretzel Logic are great albums straight up. Moreover, both were accounted "hard" before that word was taken over by the metal that was also rearing its head-"hard" meaning merely not soft like all that other crap. Steely Dan were hard by virtue of their concision, their cynicism, and Fagen's unshowy vocals, Stewart by virtue of his simple eagerness to rock — in the dynamically Band-like band who backed his solo sessions and especially on his job fronting raucous road dogs the Faces, who broke up only when the Stones poached Ronnie Wood and whose running-around-and-falling-over box set should be heard by anyone who thinks Five Guys Walk into a Bar is as evocative a title as I do.

Everybody but the millions of fans who attend Rod's shows thinks he was never again as good as solo on Mercury and clowning around with the Faces pre-1975, and I agree. True, I'd say something similar of every other artist named up top while granting that, Mitchell excepted, the drop-off was somewhat more drastic with Rod. Whether the same applies to Steely Dan, however, is a trickier question. Steely Dan were and remain perfectionists, chord-obsessed jazz nuts who in 1974 made what seemed a rational economic decision-they quit the road to turn out better and better records, because records were where the money was (and also because they're neater). Commercially, their coup was 1978's Aja, which apotheosized the sonically opulent AOR aesthetic at a level of difficulty glossy rivals like Supertramp and Journey couldn't approach — and which won them a jazz-lite following that makes their original fans very nervous, because we're not suburban cornballs and want everyone to know it.

Stewart, meanwhile, recorded a lot and toured a lot, sporting his rooster haircut and peacock finery all the while. Soon he came to symbolize corporate-rock sellout via two number-one singles: 1976's seductive "Tonight's the Night," where rather than Maggie May showing her age Rod's sex object is a "virgin child," and the deal- killer, 1978's flat-out disco "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Because I had nothing against megahits and considered punk's disco problem small-minded, I liked these records. But I never thought either matched up to "Maggie May" or "Every Picture Tells a Story" or "You Wear It Well" or Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" or especially Mike D'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags," which won me over to Stewart in 1970 by protesting the generation gap from a granddad's p.o.v. And by the '80s, Stewart's few keepers were covers.

Rod doesn't admit it got this bad, but you don't have to squint to see it happening. I only wish Stewart had told us why he got into music to begin with. Fagen had a swing-singing mom and club- hopping cousins and explains how an adolescent jazz snob might turn to rock in college if enrolled there from 1965 to 1969. Rod the Mod is a football-mad youngest child transformed utterly by Bob Dylan's debut album for reasons he may not even grasp himself, just as he doesn't seem to understand his vocal knack except as a "quirk of fortune," on the one hand claiming with kinship the ductile Sam Cooke and on the other responding to a request to clear the frog from his throat by exclaiming, "Oi, that isn't a frog. That's my voice." Nevertheless, the reckless abandon of the long and terrific Faces chapter makes his long subsequent career seem like a natural fact. For once we meet a rock star who not only loves performing, preferably with a drink or two to loosen him up, but loves touring.

Admittedly, he also loves making more money than most mortals would know what to do with (hint: collect enough "pre-Raphs" to decorate all four of your houses. And he loves many, many fabulously beautiful, unfathomably long-legged blondes (and one redhead) — three of whom he marries, three more of whom he might well have married, four of whom bear him seven children (plus the one he gave up for adoption when he was 18), and every one of whom is a warm and genuine human being, you bet. He also did coke for 30 years without buying a line, and steroids for his voice until he was saved from that perdition by the invention of the earpiece monitor. And somewhere amid all the showbiz drama, the songwriting that never came easy got lost altogether. The best he could manage was the occasional generalized bestseller like his fatuous rewrite of Dylan's "Forever Young," a major comedown from, say, the anti-gaybashing tale "The Killing of Georgie," which somehow went Top 30 in 1977.

But if you're thinking the punks were right about his sellout after all, not so fast. I hate the rich more than you do, but I didn't emerge from Rod hating Rod Stewart. Instead I admired his persistence, enthusiasm, and chutzpah, its latest manifestation a much-mocked series of mega-selling 21st-century Great American Songbook albums that I praised back in 2005 for marking pantheon standards as rock with that Cooke-smitten croak rather than "interpreting" them. I also admire his blokedom — quite a lot of this book is about football, the sport he's not just followed but played into his 60s, and the subculture where he finds his best pals. The least appealing of his blondes is social climber Alana Hamilton, who, Stewart notes with cocked eyebrow, regularly inquired as to the rest of the guest list whenever they were invited out. Warm and genuine human being though she may be, he doesn't seem to have come out of that one craving more of the same.

One reason I ended up so impressed by Stewart's cheerful cheek was the contrast it provided with Fagen's sour puss. Don't misunderstand me — the man's mordant dolor has always been tonic at its best, and one virtue of Eminent Hipsters is its glimpses into the elective affinities of a 65-year-old cynic who has a life even so. His terse recounting of his stepson's suicide, for instance, leaves no doubt that he bleeds like you or me. Still, for me the most striking essay wasn't the most informative, which would be the one connecting science fiction, L. Ron Hubbard, and something called General Semantics. It was the sketch of radio raconteur Jean Shepherd, who, with his voice "cozy yet abounding with jest," inspired me as he did so many teenage "nonconformists" in the Greater New York of the late '50s and early '60s, and who Fagen followed all the way to a petulant late-'65 lecture by a Shepherd turned "aging diva," whose " 'hipness' was revealed as something closer to contempt."

Contempt is the great peril of mordant dolor, and the foremost virtue of Fagen's tour diary is how he sometimes indulges, sometimes sidesteps, and sometimes transcends it. This was not one of the Steely Dan tours Fagen and Becker reinstituted in 1993, major profit- takers that induced them to record two more albums decades after falling back exhausted from 1980's stillborn Gaucho. But Fagen — accustomed to a level of affluence well below Stewart's and well above most people's, less savvy economically than he once thought, and a musician to his bones in the end — has also toured intermittently in a de facto r&b band co-led by fellow old-timers Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. The latest edition, dubbed the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, spent the summer of 2012 zigzagging in six buses and two trucks between what Fagen emailed his nasty little manager were "dumps" — amphitheaters, arts centers, hotels, resorts, music sheds, music tents, pavilions, bandshells, and ordinary theaters in greatly varying states of refurbishment. Having reported that Scaggs and McDonald often sack out on their respective buses to economize, he also devotes much literary attention to sleeping accommodations that too often become insomnia accommodations as he sinks into ATD — Acute Tour Disorder.

In his affection for touring, Stewart is the exception. Hating touring is state-of-the-art. But few have diagnosed its symptoms — including, among others, panic attacks, stage rage, flashbacks, memory loss, paranoia, diarrhea, and the inevitable insomnia — with Fagen's gimlet eye. Nor does Fagen's cynicism help him cope — as a grouchy old man in autumn plumage, he seethes with contempt for "TV Babies," subliterate young casuals oblivious to "In the Midnight Hour" who use their infernal Internet skills to purloin the laboriously perfected tracks to which he sacrificed his youth. I'm grouchy enough myself that I often sympathized. But that was possible because the contempt proved anything but unmitigated. Fagen isn't in it for the money — not exclusively. A part of him loves performing. He's not a blithe spirit like Stewart; he's neurotic as hell. But as a musician he always loves it when the band grooves, a miracle impossible to predict, and as an artist who against all odds believes art requires "a certain level of empathy," he usually loves it when the audience has a good time, a less technical matter.

Touring is hard. ATD would seem an inevitability. But it's more complicated than that, and richer. "Every night in front of an audience, no matter how exhilarating, is a bit of a ritual slaying.... On some level, you're trying to extinguish yourself. Because, corny and Red Shoes–y as it may seem, that's what you are, and they need it."

Career paths do differ. Cynicism more pathological than Fagen's looms for some. But it says worlds for pop music's vitality that two men as different as Rod Stewart and Donald Fagen could find it so sustaining for so long.

Robert Christgau is a critic at All Things Considered, writes for the National Arts Journalism Program's ARTicles blog, teaches in NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, and has published five books.

Reviewer: Robert Christgau

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307987303
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ROD STEWART is a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a Grammy Living Legend.  In a career spanning five decades, he has sold more than 150 million records and continues to be one of the top-grossing and most beloved live performers in the world. In 2007, the Queen of England bestowed him the prestigious CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for his contributions to music. He lives with his wife, Penny Lancaster-Stewart and children in Beverly Hills, California and Epping, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Honesty, its a powerful thing

    Loved the honesty, enjoyed this book brought me home to ireland and the slang , celtic forever

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Pretty good

    I enjoyed this book. Thought it went into detail. Not enough story telling about his time inthe bands. However wort readingoo

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    I think it was really refreshing to read a book that was so insi

    I think it was really refreshing to read a book that was so insightful, funny, and allowed me to know more about a really great "rock star"! Rod is very honest, and also human. I really enjoyed the dialect. It was fun to read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    This book was fun and entertaining. It lightens your mood

    This book was fun and entertaining. It lightens your mood

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Fun Read

    This is a great read. I liked Rod Stewart before I read this book. Now I "adore" Rod Stewart. He is now on the top of my list of famous people I would love to meet; and I actually think I would like him even more after doing so.

    The guy is so down to earth. He has actually lived a life, to my way of thinking, that is almost every guys dream. And he knows it. But he also tells you the all the downsides of this lifestyle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Rod Stewart is probably one of the best performers ever to take the stage. This story is very well written and very honest. If you love Rod you'll love his story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    I love this book!

    While I was reading this book, it felt like Rod Stewart was sitting on a chair, with a drink in hand, telling his life story to me! I really enjoyed this book and learning first-hand about his life. My "picture" of him became clearer. A first-rate reading experience!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Good read.

    Love the book. It's a good read. I enjoy his humor. I have always enjoyed the nostalgia of the rock groups. I go back in time and remember that I grew up with this and it's fun to remember. Worth the read. Glad I bought it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    I have never been a big Rod Stewart fan, but this book is wonder

    I have never been a big Rod Stewart fan, but this book is wonderful. I never knew he was so funny! A must-read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    loved it. great read and very funny

    loved it.
    great read and very funny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Rod

    I am finding this book quite boring .

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Great Read. Really takes you into his world of rock & roll.

    I haven't finished it yet but what I have read so far really tells the story of his life on and off the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    awesome

    Loved reading this autobiography. A fun read. Very down to earth guy. Highly reccomend it to rod fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2015

    Easy read!

    Loved it. I is written as if Rod himself is talking to you. All the escapades described were very entertaining. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2015

    Just ok.

    I never really listened to Rod Stewart other than "Some Guys Have All The Luck". His voice isn't that great. Its raspy like Kim Carnes. But he can keep a tune like Kim.

    The book was funny but I started disliking Rod when he was bragging about not paying for things like rounds of beer with his band mates, drugs, cab rides, an album he needed, and worst of all his long distance telephone bill. He's a multi millionaire yet he calls the telephone company so he wouldn't have to pay his long distance bill. What a cheapskate!

    I also thought it was disgusting that he had 8 kids with 5 different women. I feel sorry for his first born daughter that he gave up for adoption. The first thing Rod says to her is that he has a new family and it would be difficult to make her a part of it. Why? He married a woman that already had a kid so what is the big deal if his kid moved in too. It's the same thing.

    I cant believe how wealthy this guy is. Who is buying his records?

    I also thought he was a very stupid and immature man. A 40 year old man destroying hotel rooms playing stupid pranks with his "sex police". Just ridiculous!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2015

    Not Recommended

    I could not finish reading this book. It was very boring, too many small details that really don't matter to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Summerstar's bio

    Name: Look up. Age: 18 moons. Des.: Golden she cat with tan stripes and amber eyes. Personality: Easilly likable with a kinda sharp tounge sometimes. A good leader. History: ask. Other: Ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Biography entry

    Im so sad. This is the end of the millard rein... will got his parts 'frozen'... megan cant... and i ruined mine. Everyone was counting on me to have a baby, but i cant. My family will never rise, unless ruth survives. But she doesnt have our last name. Why? If i get surgery at this second i may be able to have one child... other than that my family is doomed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Firesteel's Biography

    It's at Hamlet result one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Deathhearts bio

    Name: idk..pink magical unicorn *says in evil voice* ABOUT TO EAT UR SOUL! Jk...look up.
    Gender: she
    Age:*facepaw* im surrounded by idi<_>ots.
    Personality: sweet, kind,when someone messes with my family, I get mad, and vow for vengeance (yeah u better start running scar! >:D)
    Apperance: a solid black cat with silver spots, one forming a heart on her chest with many scars on it. Icy blue eyes that turn bloodred when she is beyong mad and really needs to kill.
    Crush/Mate: wow its obvious. Trickstergrin <3!
    Kits: (adoptive. P.s. thx darkforest. I owe ya :')!) Shardfang, Jaguarblaze, and Metalpaw (idk her warrior name :'( nuu!)
    Themesong: (oh lor<_>dy help us all.) Sarah something, 'Brave', Hollywood undead, 'lets watch this city burn', 'Young', and then last but not least, imagine dragon's 'radioactive.' (Warning! Hollywood undead contains SEVERE cu<_>ss<_>ing!)

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