Rod: The Autobiography

Rod: The Autobiography

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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
From the Publisher
“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

Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307987327
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
248,580
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“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

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, and children in Beverly Hills, California and Epping, Essex.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been a big Rod Stewart fan, but this book is wonderful. I never knew he was so funny! A must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Thought it went into detail. Not enough story telling about his time inthe bands. However wort readingoo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it. great read and very funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fun and entertaining. It lightens your mood
Bootman More than 1 year ago
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.
jemkat More than 1 year ago
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.
elf417 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this autobiography. A fun read. Very down to earth guy. Highly reccomend it to rod fans.
marla4reviews More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the honesty, enjoyed this book brought me home to ireland and the slang , celtic forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read. Who knew Rod had such a mean sense of humor!! I do highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about the music industry from a truly great artist.
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heidionebraid More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I is written as if Rod himself is talking to you. All the escapades described were very entertaining. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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